FORT COLLINS - Spencer Dinwiddie scored 19 of his game-high 28 points in the second half leading Colorado to a 67-62 victory over in-state rival Colorado State Tuesday night.
Dinwiddie, 11-for-11 from the free throw line, sealed the game with two free throws with 14.3 seconds left for Colorado (8-1).
"Don't get me wrong, we may not like them, but we respect them, for sure," Dinwidde said. "They are a good, solid basketball team, and especially playing at their home floor they're going to be good and give us a great game every time."
Askia Booker added 12 points and Jaron Hopkins had 10 including two clutch 3-pointers in the final 4:29 for the Buffaloes, winners of eight in a row.
"I told him [Monday], 'Spencer, you're going to have to be aggressive tomorrow night. Keep your mouth shut before the game, and let your play do the talking.' He did a good job of that," CU head coach Tad Boyle said. "And even during the game I said, 'I'm not going to take you out, unless you absolutely need a blow, you need to let me know.' I wanted him to be aggressive, he was going to have to make some shots."
J.J. Avila led Colorado State (6-3) with 16 points, but was 4-for-19 shooting. Avila missed a chance to tie the game at 63 with a missed free throw with 24 seconds left.
Daniel Bejarano had 15 points as Colorado State had its four-game winning streak snapped. The Rams hurt themselves with 18 turnovers and 3-of-14 shooting from beyond the arc.
"I thought the tougher team won," CSU head coach Larry Eustachy said. "I thought Dinwiddie, who likes to talk, publically, backed it up, and I admire a guy for that. He just dominated the game at the end."
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