The Colorado men's basketball team is putting up points at an impressive clip.

What perhaps is even more impressive is the Buffaloes aren't leaning heavily on any one player to get the job done.

Tuesday's 82-58 home win against South Dakota continued a high-scoring start for the Buffs. Coach Tad Boyle's squad has scored at least 79 points in six of seven games, and after Tuesday's lopsided win the Buffs are averaging 88.5 points in the four games since a 70-64 loss at San Diego two weeks ago.

Through seven games, and including two in which CU featured co-leading scorers, six different players have earned the distinction of the Buffs' top scorer. The balance has been impressive, and what might be even more encouraging for the Buffs is that there remains room for improvement.

"When we get hitting on all cylinders...there's maybe some guys who didn't (Tuesday)," Boyle said. "Deleon Brown, we've got to get him going offensively a little bit. Namon (Wright), we need to get him going offensively a little bit. But when we start hitting on all cylinders, this is a dangerous team.

"We just have to understand that on any given night it might be somebody else's turn, or their night, and we've got to be OK with that. If we are, then we'll be OK."

CU's average of 85.3 points through the first seven games of the season is the team's best total in nine seasons under Boyle.



Tuesday's win was the 1,300th in program history. Now in the program's 116th season of play, CU owns an all-time record of 1,300-1,198...Namon Wright struggled to a 1-for-5 mark from the floor but went 4-for-4 at the free throw line, increasing his season percentage to .882 (15-for-17)...Shane Gatling also is getting it done at the free throw line. After going 6-for-6 against South Dakota, Gatling is 16-for-17 in the past six games and 21-for-25 (.840) on the season.

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