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Colorado vs Drake

The Colorado Buffaloes were not supposed to be in this semifinal matchup of the Paradise Jam. After trailing basically the entire second half against Quinnipiac, sometimes by more than double figures, McKinley Wright IV drained a three-pointer as time expired to give the Buffaloes an improbable 70-69 victory.

Wright IV, a freshman guard, eclipsed his career high with 14 points in the first half and finished with 21 for the Buffaloes, who trailed by 13 points with a little more than five minutes remaining. Tad Boyle’s team was fortunate to have a chance to win after going 4-of-20 from 3-point territory and finishing with seven assists against 17 turnovers. “We did not deserve to win that game, I told the Quinnipiac coaches that,” Boyle, whose team is in search of its first in-season tournament title since 2012-13, told the media. “Our heart, our spirit, our fight, I like that about this team, but we’ve got to play smarter.”

McKinley may have hit the game winner, but he certainly didn’t win the game by himself. Namon Wright, a junior transfer from Missouri, had 16 points, including six in the final 83 seconds, Lucas Siewert canned a 3-pointer with two minutes left and Tory Miller-Stewart grabbed nine rebounds for the Buffaloes. “We were down 13 with five minutes to go and we came together and said we are not losing this game,” Wright IV, who corralled a missed free throw with seven seconds left before hitting the 3-pointer from the top of the key, told the media. “I shot the shot how I shoot any transition three.”

Colorado Tidbits

  • Wright IV, who hit a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left to pull the Buffaloes to within a point, originally committed to Dayton, but switched to Colorado after former Dayton coach Archie Miller took the Indiana job.
  • The Buffaloes only victory in four tries against Drake was an 82-80 overtime win in 1996.
  • Colorado was picked to finish ninth in the Pac-12 this season.

For Drake, it was a three-point show of their own that allowed them to advance to this semifinal matchup.  Reed Timmer scored 29 points and hit six of Drake’s 15 three-pointers as the Bulldogs rallied to beat Wake Forest 77-74 on Friday night in the Paradise Jam.

Graham Woodward added 20 points for Drake (2-0), which used an 11-0 run to erase a 10-point deficit late in the second half.

“Every time we got down, we kept preaching to the guys, `Stick with it. Keep doing what we’re doing and keep it simple on both ends,” Drake coach Niko Medved said. “This team just fought so hard tonight and I just couldn’t be happier for this group of kids who’s been through so much here in the last several years.”

The Demon Deacons (0-3) had a chance to tie in the closing seconds, but Bryant Crawford’s three-pointer was off the mark.

Wake Forest coach Danny Manning blamed his team’s defensive effort in the loss.

“We didn’t get any stops down the stretch of the game. Drake made some big shots, but we have to do a better job of being more disruptive and then finishing plays with rebounds,” Manning said. “They outrebounded us, and we’ve got to be the team that finishes plays by going to get rebounds. We didn’t get enough of those.”

Drake finished with a 37-33 edge on the glass.

Timmer finished 6-of-8 on three-pointers and Woodward was 5-of-9. The Bulldogs finished 15-for-30 from beyond the arc.

“When two guys hit you for 11 3-pointers, we’ve got to do a better job of getting out there and contesting those shots and we didn’t do that well enough tonight,” Manning said.

Prediction

The odds that Drake will hit 15 three-pointers and shoot 50% from beyond the arc is doubtful. They can light it up at any time, but playing a second game in as many days is draining to any player’s body. Both teams rely on heavy guard-play but this matchup will come down to the bigs–and frankly, I trust the Buffaloes big men more. The combo of Tory Miller-Stewart and Lucas Siewert should be able to handle Drake’s rarely-used combo of big men (Casey Schlatter and Kory Kuenstling) en route to the victory. The line of -7 for Colorado will be right on.

Colorado 77 Drake 70

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