There will be bigger challenges in Boulder this season. One arrives later this week as the Colorado men’s basketball team gets set to open Pac-12 Conference play.
Yet for a Buffaloes team hoping to use the season’s first lengthy run of home games as a springboard toward more consistent play, it was a small step in the right direction.
Following a week’s hiatus, CU edged back over .500 with a 65-62 win against Yale on Sunday afternoon at the CU Events Center.
The Bulldogs never led, but the hot-shooting of sophomore guard John Poulakidas kept Yale close throughout the contest. Poulakidas scored 22 points, and his sixth 3-pointer cut CU’s lead to 61-58 with less than three minutes remaining.
Yale closed to within one point on a baseline drive by Bez Mbeng with one minute to play, and after a miss by former Yale player Jalen Gabbidon, the Bulldogs had an opportunity to take the lead in the waning seconds. However, the Bulldogs threw the ball away, and CU’s Julian Hammond III pushed the lead back to three points on a pair of free throw with 10 seconds remaining.
The Bulldogs (6-1) still had a chance to tie the game, but after a timeout KJ Simpson deflected the inbounds pass, and Gabbidon knocked down two free throws with 5.5 seconds left to secure the win.
Tristan da Silva paced the Buffs (4-3) with 20 points and six rebounds, while J’Vonne Hadley came off the bench after missing the past two games to finish with 12 points and vie rebounds.
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