LAS VEGAS – The Colorado Buffaloes were the bees knees under the bright shining lights of Las Vegas on Tuesday night, defeating the Penn State Nittany Lions in a real sockdolager.

The match was a bare-knuckle brawl just like Dempsey and Tunney back in ’27 and the Buffaloes were the undisputed heavy-weight champions of the night, coming out with a victory by the count of 71-70.

In the first half, both teams looked like a couple of flapper girls who were a little loopy on the gin and juice, barely able to find the peach basket at all, but once the Buffaloes found themselves trailing by a wide margin senior forward Josh Scott started doing the Jitterbug while the Nittany Lions were doing the Charleston.

Scott scored 13-consecutive points for the black and white Buffaloes to keep them in the game and send the boys into the halftime break tied at 25.

In the locker room head coach Tad Boyle must have told the troops that he was sick and tired of their phonus bolonus, because the second half was a choice bit of calico. The Buffaloes shot 46.2 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from behind the arc in the second time period on their way to outscoring the Nittany Lions 46-45 in the half.

Wesley Gordon was the cat’s meow on defense for Colorado giving the icy mitt to Penn State three times while recording six rebounds to go with his 10 points.

In the end, it was a hotsy tostsy win for the Buffaloes, who will quite surely have a chance to crack their way into the polls with a win over the Mustangs of Southern Methodist on Wednesday.

HIGHLIGHTS

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Josh Scott

The box score says he had the best game so we’re going with that.

TURNING POINT

Tad Boyle said Brandon Taylor’s technical foul was the turning point of the game so we’re going with that.

QUOTE OF THE GAME

BY THE NUMBERS

5 – Colorado hit five consecutive threes at one point in the second half.

11 – Colorado’s extended their win-streak to 11 on the night

760 – The radio station that gave us our only chance to have any idea what was going on in the game.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Buffaloes take on the no. 18 ranked SMU Mustangs on Wednesday night for a chance at the Las Vegas Classic championship as well as an almost guaranteed spot in the top 25 heading into Pac-12 play.

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Ryan Koenigsberg

In 2012, at the age of 20, Ryan became a credentialed reporter covering University of Colorado Athletics. . . despite wearing a wolf-tee to his interview. A native of Boulder and a graduate of the university, he attended his 100th-consecutive Colorado Football home game in 2015. Later in 2015, Ryan began spearheading the Broncos coverage here at BSN Denver, riding that wave all the way to San Francisco, where he covered his first Super Bowl. Now 24, it seems 'RK' is trying to make up for that whole wolf-tee thing by overdressing at every event. He apologizes in advance for any cringe-worthy puns.