BOULDER, Colo. — Colorado big man and leading scorer Josh Scott was under the weather. On top of that, he was under constant watch.
Hardly a worry, though. Not with the way the Buffaloes were shooting from long range.
George King and Josh Fortune combined to hit 10 of Colorado’s 13 3-pointers to help the Buffaloes beat Stanford91-75 Wednesday night.
King finished with 23 points and Fortune added a season-high 21 as Colorado (16-5, 5-3 Pac-12) knocked offStanford (11-8, 4-4) for the sixth straight time.
“This team has a chance to be really, really good offensively if we continue to play like that,” Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. “We’ve got very capable shooters as you saw tonight.”
Scott just wasn’t his usual dominating self in the paint. At halftime, Boyle asked him if anything was wrong. Scott confessed that he wasn’t feeling all that great.
It didn’t show in his numbers as Scott still contributed 14 points and eight rebounds. More than anything, he was the reason the perimeter was so wide open, with Stanford congesting the lane to limit his production. Colorado was more accurate from 3-point range (13 of 19) than from inside the line (14 of 36).
“Josh is one of the best players in the Pac-12, if not in the country,” Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. “So you have to have an emphasis to somehow slow him down.”
King and Fortune made Stanford pay for focusing so much on Scott. King hit all five of his attempts from beyond the arc, while Fortune was 5 of 7.
“When he has the ball down low and kicks it out, it makes our jobs real easy,” King said.
Three weeks ago, Colorado beat Stanford 56-55 in a contest that went down to the wire. This time, Colorado scored the first basket — a 3-pointer by Fortune — and never trailed.
But Colorado’s lead, that stretched to as many as 23 points in the second half, was trimmed to 64-54 courtesy of a 13-0 run by Stanford. Scott settled down the Buffaloes with a three-point play. Four straight free throws by Dominique Collier and the team was rolling again.
“We gave ourselves us a chance,” Dawkins said. “We had some momentum and had a little rhythm going and they were able to stabilize themselves.”
Stanford sophomore forward Reid Travis sat at the end of the bench in warmups, but missed his 11th straight game because of a stress reaction in his left leg. Gone with Travis was 12.8 points a game.
The Cardinal usually has a balanced scoring attack with four plays averaging double digits — Rosco Allen (14.5), Marcus Allen (12.6), Dorian Pickens (11.4) and Michael Humphrey (10.7).
Stanford’s Rosco Allen tied a career high with 25 points. The other three, though, combined for 23 points.
“You never get a good feel after a loss. You never want to lose a game,” Rosco Allen said.
Stanford: The Cardinal were outrebounded by a 46-38 margin. … The Cardinal haven’t won in Boulder since Feb. 23, 2012. … Marcus Sheffield scored 12 points.
Stanford plays at Utah on Saturday.
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