Buffs beat #13 Xavier 68-66 behind 23 points from Derrick White and 18 from Xavier Johnson

Posted at 10:35 PM, Dec 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-08 00:37:22-05

BOULDER, Colo. -- Derrick White scored 23 points and had a crucial block with 13 seconds remaining to help Colorado hold off No. 13 Xavier 68-66 on Wednesday night.

Xavier Johnson added for 18 points for the Buffaloes (7-2), who have posted consecutive wins over ranked teams for the first time since 2013. They knocked off a ranked Texas team at the Legends Classic in New York last month.

Colorado was 1-5 against ranked teams last season.

Trevon Bluiett tied a career high with 25 points for Xavier (7-2), which has lost two straight.

Spurred on by the shooting of White and Johnson, the Buffaloes went on a 12-0 run midway through the second half. They kept Xavier scoreless for more than 6 minutes during the pivotal stretch.

It was a frenzied ending, though, with Xavier getting several good looks. White swatted one of those away -- his only block of the game.

Xavier coach Chris Mack juggled around his starting lineup, going with RaShid Gaston, who finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.


Xavier: The Musketeers had a nine-point lead early in the second half, but struggled from the field. They shot 37.7 percent for the game. ... Xavier outrebounded Colorado 41-36.

Colorado: The Buffaloes have won three of their last four over ranked teams. ... Johnson's 3-pointer with 9:19 remaining was the 100th of his career. ... George King finished with 16 points.


Xavier fell out of the Top 10 this week after a loss to No. 4 Baylor and figures to take another dip.


The basketball team held a moment of silence for 1994 Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam, who was found dead Monday night in a park in Boulder. The park is less than 2 miles from Folsom Field, where the tailback etched his name into the school's record book from 1992-94. Police said foul play wasn't suspected.


Xavier: Hosts Utah on Saturday.

Colorado: Travels to BYU on Saturday.