Buffs end nonconference play perfect at home
CU Buff Alec Burks dunks the ball Jan. 5, 2010 against Western New Mexico (Patrick Ghidossi, BuffaloSportsNews.net)
Posted Jan 6, 2011

Colorado came out with a slow start but the Buffs balanced scoring lead them to another win at home 92-70 over Western New Mexico.

With the win tonight, Colorado completed non-conference play perfect at home at 9-0.

“We weren’t ready to play,” coach Tad Boyle pointed out.

He knew it and he let his team know it. Boyle pulled all five starters less than two minutes into the game. Alec Burks got the message from his coach. He came out and scored 12 points in his limited action in the first half.

Burks led five Buffs in double figures with 20 points, he also had eight rebounds.

Cory Higgins contributed 15 points, while Levi Knutson and Marcus Relphorde each added 13.

Andre Roberson came off the bench and gave his third double-double of the year with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

“For that kid to have three doubles-doubles in his first 15 games, he has exceeded my expectations,” coach Boyle said about his freshman forward. “You look around our league tonight, everyone had a tune-up game.”

Colorado used tonight as a tune-up game for Big 12 play, which begins Saturday when the ninth-ranked Missouri Tigers make a visit to Boulder. Missouri is ranked No. 8 in the USA Today coaches'poll.

“We’re turning our attention to Missouri,” Boyle said focusing on the future and his players know that Big 12 play is important.

“It’s not for kids. It’s a grown-man league and I learned that last year,” Burks said. “We have a chance to beat a ranked team this Saturday. Come out and play with energy and see if we can pull it off.”

The Buffs finished 8th last year in the Big 12, but they are looking to do better than that this year. The Buffs can make an impression on the Big 12 with a win Saturday.

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