BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Isaiah Wright scored 20 points and Tyler Williams went 8 of 8 from the free throw line over the final 4:41 to help San Diego withstand a late charge in a 69-59 win over Colorado on Tuesday night.
At 8-2, the Toreros are off to their best start since joining the Division I ranks in 1979-80. They were an 8 1/2-point underdog against Colorado, but built a 16-point lead early in the second half. The Buffaloes (7-3) cut the deficit to five with 5:28 remaining before the Toreros sealed the game at the free throw line.
Williams finished with 13 points as San Diego led in this game for more than 37 minutes.
George King had 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Colorado, which has dropped three of four since a 6-0 start. Freshman McKinley Wright IV had 12 points and has scored in double digits in every game this season.
There were three Wrights on the floor – Colorado had two with the last name – but none came up bigger than Isaiah Wright. The Buffaloes have seen the 6-foot-2 guard before, when Wright was with Utah before transferring to San Diego. He was 6 of 11 from the floor, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range.
San Diego is one of the best defensive teams in the country and showed that prowess Tuesday. The Toreros held the Buffaloes to 26 percent shooting.
San Diego: The biggest win of the season for the Toreros, who’ve also knocked off New Mexico State, San Jose State and Robert Morris.
Colorado: The Buffaloes aren’t the same in the middle with Tory Miller-Stewart out indefinitely with a foot injury. They were outrebounded by a 38-37 margin by San Diego.
TIES TO TOREROS
Colorado assistant Bill Grier was the head coach at San Diego from 2007-15. He led the Toreros to the 2008 West Coast Conference title and beat No. 4 seed Connecticut in the first round of the NCAA tournament. He went 117-144 at San Diego.
THIS & THAT
Isaiah Pineiro and Olin Carter III both had 10 points for the Toreros. … The Buffaloes are 105-20 under Tad Boyle at the Coors Events Center. … Colorado leads the all-time series versus San Diego 3-2. … The Buffaloes fall to 6-1 this season while wearing their white uniforms.
San Diego: Host North Texas on Saturday.
Colorado: Host South Dakota State on Friday before a week off between games.
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