Before the Buffs looked ahead to the Pac-12 opener they aced their final non-conference exam with some Big Seven-style defense.

Twelve different Colorado players scored during a 92-34 smothering of New Orleans on Wednesday night at the Coors Events Center.

The crowd of 5,277 witnessed Tad Boyle's team hold an opponent to the fewest points CU had allowed since Frosty Cox's Buffs beat Kansas 42-30 on Jan. 17, 1949.

"How did they get 34?" Boyle joked after the Buffs improved to 8-4 entering Saturday's conference opener against Utah. "We finally put two halves together. Better late than never. Hopefully, we can use this as a springboard as we head into conference play because it's a whole new season."

The inconsistent Buffs, who led Texas Southern by as many as 23 points (32-9) in the first half last Thursday before escaping with a 56-51 victory over the one-win SWAC team, dominated from the opening possession to the last basket of garbage time.

Senior guard Carlon Brown set the tone with seven quick points to stake CU to a 13-2 lead at the first media timeout. A 12-0 surge capped with a steal and layup by freshmaan guard Askia Booker, the team's key sixth man who missed the previous game due to the flu, made the score 25-7 with 11:18 remaining in the first half.

"(Tuesday) I wasn't feeling that well and I was still very up and down," Booker said. "I couldn't leave my team out there any longer without playing. There won't be anymore sitting out for me."

Brown splashed a 3-pointer during an 11-0 run and scored 16 of his game-high 18 points before the intermission.

The Buffs had a 51-20 lead at halftime after shooting 53.3 percent from the field, going 17-for-18 (94.4 percent) at the line and out-rebounding the under-sized visitors 26-10.

Colorado’s Spencer Dinwiddie gets fouled by Brandon Canady while going for a lay-up during a game against the University of New Orleans on Wednesday,
Colorado's Spencer Dinwiddie gets fouled by Brandon Canady while going for a lay-up during a game against the University of New Orleans on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at the Coors Event Center on the CU campus in Boulder. ( JEREMY PAPASSO )

CU outscored the Privateers 29-7 to begin the second half and led 80-27 after a layup by Sabatino Chen with 7:23 remaining. Trey Eckloff and Beau Webb were summoned from the end of the bench and connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to give the home team its largest lead of 58 points.

Even student body favorite Ben Mills scored in the final seconds.

"The best part of this win was seeing guys on our scout team getting to play some good minutes down the stretch," Brown said. "To see those guys get to play the game they love in front of their families was really the best part."

The Privateers (9-6) were playing their second road game in 24 hours after suffering a 78-47 loss to North Texas on Tuesday night.

New Orleans is in the midst of a transition to Division II this season. CU's victory counts as a win over a Division I opponent but will not factor into the RPI.

The Buffs wore their black uniforms because the visitors didn't have a chance to watch their dirty road laundry between games.

"We got on a plane this morning and flew here," first-year New Orleans head coach Mark Slessinger said. "Coach Boyle does a tremendous job. He is one of the best up-and-coming coaches in the country."

Andre Roberson had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Buffs, who held New Orleans to 12 made baskets and won the rebounding battle 53-18. Austin Dufault (14 points), Booker (13) and Spencer Dinwiddie (12) also scored in double figures for CU.

The Privateers were led by Rarlensee Nelson and Generra Varmall, who scored seven points each on a combined 4-for-16 shooting.

CU had a 50-6 scoring edge in the paint and scored 20 points on the fast break while holding New Orleans without a transition basket.

"We just focused on stops and if we had the opportunity to run we were going to take advantage of the numbers," Brown said. "We wanted to make progress and be more consistent. I think we did that for a good 35, 40 minutes."

The Buffs will play Utah at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Coors Events Center. The Utes, picked to finish last in the Pac-12 preseason media poll, are 3-9 but will have Boyle's full attention as CU enters a new era.

"We're going to be in a lot of close games in the Pac-12 is what I anticipate," Boyle said. "There won't be too many games like (Wednesday)."

Colorado 92, New Orleans 34

NEW ORLEANS (34)

FG FT Reb

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

Wertz 14 1-2 0-0 2-2 0 0 2

Cook 16 2-6 2-2 0-2 0 3 6

Knight 17 1-4 0-0 1-2 1 2 3

Williams 20 1-6 0-0 0-2 2 0 3

Holmes 14 0-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 0

Nelson 22 2-10 1-2 0-2 0 1 7

Varmall 17 2-6 3-3 0-2 2 2 7

Banchy 13 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Costanza 15 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0

Harmon 15 1-5 0-0 0-0 0 2 2

Barnes 18 1-5 0-2 0-0 0 1 2

Canady 11 0-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 0

Lafont 4 1-2 0-0 1-1 1 0 2

James 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Totals 200 12-56 6-9 6-18 6 15 34

Percentages: FG .214, FT .667.

3-Point Goals: 4-20, .200 (Nelson 2-5, Knight 1-1, Williams 1-5, Varmall 0-1, Holmes 0-1, Lafont 0-1, Canady 0-3, Harmon 0-3).

Team Rebounds: 4.

Blocked Shots: 1 (Wertz).

Turnovers: 15 (Williams 3, Nelson 3, Knight 2, Holmes 2, Cook, Varmall, Lafont, Banchy).

Steals: 7 (Barnes 3, Nelson, Williams, Harmon, Costanza).

Technical Fouls: None.

COLORADO (92)

FG FT Reb

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

Robersn 23 4-10 4-6 5-12 0 1 12

Dufault 20 5-9 4-4 3-6 0 0 14

Tomlinsn 20 0-1 0-0 0-2 3 1 0

Dnwdie 23 3-5 6-6 0-5 6 2 12

Brown 19 7-10 3-4 0-0 2 1 18

Booker 23 5-11 2-2 1-6 3 1 13

Sharpe 12 0-1 2-2 0-4 0 0 2

Webb 4 1-1 0-0 2-2 0 1 3

H-Tunks 14 1-1 0-0 1-5 1 1 2

Chen 17 2-2 2-2 1-5 1 0 6

Adams 13 2-4 0-0 0-1 0 1 5

Mills 6 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 2

Eckloff 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 3

Totals 200 32-58 23-26 14-53 18 10 92

Percentages: FG .552, FT .885.

3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Webb 1-1, Eckloff 1-1, Brown 1-2, Adams 1-3, Booker 1-3, Roberson 0-1, Dinwiddie 0-1, Dufault 0-1, Tomlinson 0-1).

Team Rebounds: 3.

Blocked Shots: 6 (Roberson 2, Eckloff, Harris-Tunks, Dufault, Chen).

Turnovers: 13 (Harris-Tunks 3, Tomlinson, Chen, Adams, Webb, Brown, Mills, Booker, Dinwiddie, Sharpe).

Steals: 5 (Brown 2, Booker 2, Dinwiddie).

Technical Fouls: None.

New Orleans 20 14--34

Colorado 51 41--92

A -- 5,277.

Officials -- Tony Padilla, Ken Ditty, Brett Nansel.