Colorado quickly took advantage at halftime and extended to the start of the second half.
Then Arizona State ran. Instead of going to bed, Colorado has pulled back and will make the long trip with a win.
McKinley Wright IV scored 17 points, Tyler Bey had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Colorado broke away to beat Arizona State 81-71 in Shanghai on Saturday.
"Our veteran leadership on the field, the fact that we have been in this situation before," said Colorado coach Tad Boyle, about the Buffaloes' response after the Arizona State Run . "We have a lot of resilience and tenacity."
The sun devils and buffaloes opened the season in Shanghai for the fifth year of the Pac-12 Global Initiative. Although they are conference teams, the match did not count in the Pac-12 ranking.
Arizona State was a disadvantage before even starting, playing without forwards Romello White and Taeshon Cherry for breaking the team's rules before the trip to China.
Colorado took the opportunity by working the ball inside and quickly reaching the rim while building a 17-point lead.
The Sun Devils improved on their transition game in a big run in the second half to tie the game, but Colorado moved away in the last six and a half minutes.
Wright finished with seven assists and five rebounds.
"Getting this win is huge for us and we will improve our flight tomorrow morning," said Bey.
The Sun Devils made a big run but could not maintain a steady pace with White and Cherry sitting on the bench.
Remy Martin had 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists to lead the state of Arizona. Rob Edwards added 20 points.
"I have high hopes for this team in this early part of the year," said Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley. "Arriving in the year when I watch the training sessions and have my full squad, we have shown that we can be a very powerful offensive team, which has not happened to us tonight. "
Exploiting the lack of presence inside the Arizona State, the Buffaloes scored 15-3 while building a 42-29 lead at halftime over Schwartz's 13 points. Colorado then reached 17 in the first minutes of the second half.
The Sun Devils finally put their steady pace halfway through the second half, taking the advantage over the break and hitting 3 seconds in transition during a 15-2 try to shoot at the 39, interior of 52-51.
Arizona State drew and kept Colorado within reach until the Buffaloes used a 7-0 record to narrow the gap to 10.
"We could not get our momentum with the rating," said Hurley. "We have a much better team of pointers than we showed tonight, we had a nice look of 3 and some of our guys who shoot better and showed that they might not have their best offensive evening. "
Arizona State managed to get started despite the presence of two front row players on the bench, but the lack of depth and size was too difficult to overcome. That should not be a problem when White and Cherry come back.
Colorado has shown its depth and versatility to open the season with a solid victory in China.
The state of Arizona hosts the central state of Connecticut on Thursday.
Colorado hosts San Diego on November 16th.