With 31 seconds left in the first half, things looked pretty grim for Colorado's men’s basketball.
Mid-major Cal State Bakersfield held possession and a surprising two-point lead when Roadrunners’ guard Stephon Carter had his layup blocked by the scrappy Chen with just four second left on the clock.
Instead of jogging to half court and heaving a last second shot, Chen drove all the way to the hoop, ending the half with what looked like a game-tying scooping right-handed layup, until head referee Don McAllister waved the basket off due to a charging foul.
“I didn’t think it was a charge,” said Chen. “I thought I got around him. The ref actually came up to me after and said he might of missed it.”
While Chen’s effort had no effect on the score, his hustle inspired the Buffs to start the second half on a 10-2 run, giving them the lead for the duration of the game, ending 70-64 in favor of the Buffaloes.
“(Chen) came off the bench and gave us great energy, played hard and made plays,” said Boyle. “He energized our team in the first half and he deserved to start in the second half.”
Boyle, while pleased with the result, stated that the Buffs still have substantial work to do before they open Pac-12 season on New Years Eve against Utah.
“I think there was a little rust after 10 days of only practice, that certainly played a factor,” said Boyle. “You add to the fact that we also missed our first few shots, which led to us getting out of the gate slow.”
Sophomore Andre Roberson and senior Carlon Brown led the way for the Buffs’ scoring effort, with 18 and 15 points, respectively. Both played within themselves, shooting an outstanding 12-18 from the field. Brown also registered eight assists.