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Colorado 70, Cal State Bakersfield 64.

Buffs fans probably wouldn't describe their team's victory on Monday night at the Coors Events Center as a thing of beauty.

But for the disappointing Pac-12, any home win over mid-major or lower-level teams from California looks pretty good right now.

Consider these other non-conference scores from this season:

San Diego State 61, Arizona 57 ... Pepperdine 66, Arizona State 60 ... Cal Riverside 64, Washington State 63.

Loyola Marymount 69, UCLA 58 ... Cal Poly 42, USC 36 ... Cal State Fullerton 81, Utah 50.

Not to mention the damage Idaho, Middle Tennessee State, South Dakota State and Wyoming have done in Pac-12 country.

"I know everyone looks at names on jerseys and they think, 'Colorado should beat Cal State Bakersfield,'" CU head coach Tad Boyle said. "The thing about college basketball is there is so much parity. ... Nothing is going to come easy for our team. We're going to have to coach these guys and they're going to have to be ready every time out.

"Our margin for error, whether we win or lose, is pretty small."

The Buffs (6-4) only committed four turnovers in the second half, held Cal State Bakersfield to 36.8 percent shooting and made 20 of 21 free throws over the final 20 minutes to escape with the win.

Andre Roberson scored 14 of his game-high 18 points after CU entered the halftime locker room trailing 27-25.

"Our intensity on defense, even though it kind of slacked off at the end, overall we did a better job," said Roberson, who also had five rebounds and three blocks in 34 minutes.

Roberson scored three quick baskets to give the Buffs a 31-29 lead. Back-to-back layups by Sabatino Chen provided the home team with a seemingly comfortable 55-43 cushion with 4:30 remaining.

However, Mo Hughley made a 3-pointer and Tyrone White converted a three-point play in the final 10 seconds to cut Cal State Bakersfield's deficit to 68-64 with 4.1 ticks left.

Carlon Brown splashed a pair of free throws to close the game out. CU finished 22-for-26 (84.6 percent) at the line.

The Roadrunners (5-6) scored 24 second-chance points off 17 offensive rebounds. Boxing out on free throws by the opposition continues to be a problem for Boyle's team.

"If we're up three and we don't foul, you guys know why we don't foul," Boyle said to the media at his postgame press conference. "We may just take our chances and guard. I'll take the heat win or lose. Free throw box outs drive me crazy. It's a pet peeve of mine, and our team is not very good at it."

CU, which had not played since a home loss to Wyoming on Dec. 9, trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half.

The Roadrunners took the two-point lead into the half after Chen was whistled for a charge at the buzzer and his layup was waved off. The official later told the former Monarch High School standout that he missed the call.

The play seemed to fire up the Buffs anyway.

"I just do my part on this team to provide a spark and play defense and do whatever I need to do," said Chen, who had six points, five rebounds, two steals and a block in 21 minutes off the bench. "I just focus on defense and let the offense come naturally."

The visitors took advantage of a sluggish start by CU and led 20-9 following a 3-pointer by Hayes.

Brown scored eight points and Askia Booker capped a 12-0 run with a steal and dunk to give the Buffs their first lead (23-22) 16 minutes into the game.

"We are a tough team," Cal State Bakersfield head coach Rod Barnes said. "We've played seven of our last eight games on the road and three in the last six days. To come in here and play in the altitude and have our kids hang in there the way they did says a lot. I'm proud of them."

Brown (15 points), Spencer Dinwiddie (13) and Austin Dufault (10) added to CU's balanced attack. The Buffs are 5-0 when four players score in double figures.

"That was a good win for us tonight," Boyle said. "I thought there were some really positive things that came out of tonight's game, but also a lot of room for improvement. That excites me as a coach."

Notable

Damiene Cain did not play for CU. Boyle said the 6-7 freshman was held out due to illness. ... Jeremy Adams (two points on 1-for-4 shooting) started instead of Nate Tomlinson (no points on 0-for-3 shooting). ... Jeff Conarroe, a Cal State Bakersfield assistant coach, is a former assistant for Ken Niven at Monarch High School. Conarroe played at Colorado College and was a graduate assistant under Barnes at Mississippi. ... The Buffs will host Texas Southern, which lost 85-61 at Colorado State on Monday night at Moby Arena, on Thursday night.

Colorado 70,

CS Bakersfield 64

CS BAKERSFIELD

FG FT Reb

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

Young 10 0-3 0-0 2-4 0 1 0

Savage 33 3-5 0-2 3-9 1 3 6

Lamb 25 2-8 3-3 0-0 0 2 9

Grayson 34 3-9 0-0 1-3 6 3 7

Carter 32 4-15 3-4 2-4 0 4 12

White 21 2-3 1-1 1-2 0 3 6

Hughley 24 3-7 3-4 3-3 0 3 9

Hayes 12 5-8 0-0 2-2 0 0 13

Jackson 9 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 2

Totals 200 23-59 10-14 17-33 7 22 64

Percentages: FG .390, FT .714.

3-Point Goals: 8-18, .444 (Hayes 3-6, Lamb 2-5, White 1-2, Carter 1-2, Grayson 1-2, Young 0-1).

Team Rebounds: 6.

Blocked Shots: 4 (Jackson, Hughley, Lamb, Savage).

Turnovers: 15 (Jackson 3, Grayson 3, Lamb 3, Savage 2, White 2, Hughley, Carter).

Steals: 2 (Lamb, Grayson).

Technical Fouls: None.

COLORADO

FG FT Reb

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

Roberson 34 6-10 6-6 2-5 0 3 18

Dufault 24 3-4 3-3 2-4 1 2 10

Dinwiddie 25 2-6 9-10 1-4 1 1 13

Brown 26 6-8 2-2 1-3 8 0 15

Adams 13 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 1 2

Booker 21 2-6 2-2 0-2 0 2 6

Tomlinson 23 0-3 0-0 1-3 1 1 0

Harris-Tunks 13 0-1 0-2 0-1 0 1 0

Chen 21 3-4 0-1 1-5 0 2 6

Totals 200 23-46 22-26 9-30 12 13 70

Percentages: FG .500, FT .846.

3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Dufault 1-1, Brown 1-2, Roberson 0-1, Booker 0-1, Dinwiddie 0-2, Tomlinson 0-3).

Team Rebounds: 3.

Blocked Shots: 5 (Roberson 3, Brown, Chen).

Turnovers: 12 (Tomlinson 2, Roberson 2, Adams 2, Brown 2, Booker, Dinwiddie, Dufault, Chen).

Steals: 7 (Chen 2, Tomlinson, Booker, Harris-Tunks, Roberson, Brown).

Technical Fouls: None.

CS Bakersfield 27 37--64

Colorado 25 45--70

A -- 5,531.

Officials -- Don McAllister, Scott Harris, Casey McClellan.