There were no chest bumps or high-fives in the Colorado locker room.

Tad Boyle had to remind himself that the Buffs won after the crowd of 5,562 filed out of the Coors Events Center relieved but unsatisfied.

CU's 71-64 victory over Fresno State on Wednesday night would have been cause for celebration a few years ago, but the home team didn't feel great about the overall performance after nearly allowing a 20-point lead to evaporate down the stretch.

"We won the game. I know it doesn't seem like it by the energy and the body language our team showed in the second half," Boyle said after the program extended its home winning streak over non-conference opponents to 27 games. "That shows me the expectation level of our players, of our coaches, and I think of our fans is much higher than that."

In many ways, this was a terrific bounce-back game for the Buffs.

One week earlier, CU lost 65-64 at Colorado State after missing 16 free throws.

Boyle made all of his regulars hoist 500 free throws the next day, and the Buffs shot 84.4 percent (27-for-32) at the line against the Bulldogs, including 15 of 16 over the final 8:07.

"I was proud of the boys. They stepped up and made their free throws," said Nate Tomlinson, whose potential game-winning shot against CSU rimmed out at the buzzer. "That's what we worked on all week. Luckily we made them or we'd probably be here all night shooting them."

Andre Roberson finished 1-for-7 at the line and with only one point against the Rams. The sophomore forward matched his career-high with 21 points and was a perfect 9-for-9 at the stripe against the Bulldogs.

Spencer Dinwiddie (25) of the University of Colorado Buffaloes guards Kevin Olekaibe (3) of the Fresno State Bulldogs during their game in Boulder Colo. on
Spencer Dinwiddie (25) of the University of Colorado Buffaloes guards Kevin Olekaibe (3) of the Fresno State Bulldogs during their game in Boulder Colo. on Wednesday December 7, 2011. Photo by Paul Aiken / The Boulder Camera / December 7, 2011 For more photos go to www.buffzone.com ( PAUL AIKEN )

"It gives me a lot of confidence to go out there and play how I expect to play," said Roberson, who also had a game-high 10 rebounds in only 24 minutes. "I have high expectations for myself as well as for others on the team."

The Buffs settled for a 38-23 halftime lead after allowing Fresno State star Kevin Olekaibe to get loose for a 3-pointer at the buzzer out of a timeout.

Early on, Jeremy Adams capped an 8-0 run with a three-point play to give CU a 15-5 advantage. Eight consecutive points by Roberson, including back-to-back 3-pointers, made the score 28-13 with 5:08 left.

An Austin Dufault bucket gave the Buffs their largest lead, 38-18, with 2:02 left before the intermission.

The Buffs shot 59.1 percent from the field in the first half and 40 percent after the break.

"We didn't do a great job of getting set on defense. You have to give Colorado credit, though," Fresno State head coach Rodney Terry said. "(The Buffs) did what they have been practicing. We didn't do what we practiced in the first half, but we had better execution in the second half and things worked out."

The Bulldogs (4-5) switched to a zone defense, something CU had not seen much of through the first seven games of the season. And offensively, Olekaibe picked up where he left off at the end of the first half with another 3-pointer to cap a 10-0 run that cut the the Fresno State deficit to 38-28.

"He's a very good player. He's quick," CU freshman guard Spencer Dinwiddie said. "He shoots well and makes free throws."

Olekaibe, who finished with 26 points, splashed another shot behind the arc to make the score 55-52 with 7:11 left.

Dinwiddie would answer the challenge by knocking down a key 3-pointer over the zone to give the Buffs a 64-57 lead with 2:15 to go.

The home team went 6-for-6 at the stripe from that point to seal the win.

"When we become a consistent team that plays hard and executes for 40 minutes, we'll be pretty darn good," Boyle said. "Until we find a way to do it for 40 minutes, we're going to be in some ebb and flow games."

The Buffs continue this eight-game home stand against Wyoming on Friday night at the Coors Events Center (7 p.m., Root Sports).

Colorado 71, Fresno State 64

FRESNO ST.

FG FT Reb

Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

J Brown 38 2-5 2-4 2-4 3 4 6

Foster 15 2-6 1-2 1-1 0 5 5

Wills 24 2-5 4-4 1-5 0 5 8

Olekaibe 38 8-24 5-5 2-4 1 4 26

Shepp 37 1-5 1-2 0-2 2 1 3

TJhnsn 32 5-11 1-2 3-6 1 2 11

McGghey 10 2-3 0-0 2-2 0 0 5

GJhnsn 6 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0

Totals 200 22-61 14-19 14-28 7 21 64

Percentages: FG .361, FT .737.

3-Point Goals: 6-23, .261 (Olekaibe 5-14, McGaughey 1-1, G. Johnson 0-1, Wills 0-2, T. Johnson 0-2, Shepp 0-3).

Team Rebounds: 3.

Blocked Shots: 3 (J. Brown 2, McGaughey).

Turnovers: 8 (T. Johnson 2, Foster, J. Brown, G. Johnson, Olekaibe, Wills, Shepp).

Steals: 7 (Olekaibe 3, T. Johnson 3, Shepp).

Technical Fouls: Bench.

COLORADO

FG FT Reb

Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Dufault 29 4-10 5-6 0-3 0 1 13

Tmlinsn 34 2-2 1-2 0-6 6 2 7

Robersn 24 5-6 9-9 1-10 1 4 21

Dnwdie 28 4-6 5-6 1-2 1 2 15

Brown 23 0-2 2-2 0-1 2 2 2

Booker 16 0-2 0-0 0-1 2 2 0

Sharpe 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 1 0

H-Tunks 9 1-2 0-0 0-3 0 1 2

Chen 6 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0 1

Adams 22 2-6 4-5 1-4 0 1 8

Cain 6 1-1 0-0 1-3 0 1 2

Totals 200 19-37 27-32 5-35 13 17 71

Percentages: FG .514, FT .844.

3-Point Goals: 6-12, .500 (Tomlinson 2-2, Roberson 2-2, Dinwiddie 2-3, Brown 0-2, Adams 0-3).

Team Rebounds: 1.

Blocked Shots: 1 (Sharpe).

Turnovers: 17 (Brown 3, Roberson 3, Booker 3, Cain 2, Tomlinson 2, Dinwiddie 2, Dufault, Harris-Tunks).

Steals: 3 (Brown, Roberson, Harris-Tunks).

Technical Fouls: None.

Fresno St. 23 41--64

Colorado 38 33--71

A -- 5,562.

Officials -- Chris Rastatter, Bobby McRoy, Glen Mayberry.