Josh Scott led the Buffs in scoring. Wesley Gordon didn't suit up.

Colorado head coach Tad Boyle couldn't be prouder of the decision making both of his prize recruits from Colorado Springs displayed.

Back in March when the Buffs were cutting down the nets at the Pac-12 Tournament in Los Angeles, Scott was leading Lewis-Palmer to the 4A state championship over Gordon's Sierra squad at the Coors Events Center.

When the friendly rivals announced separately that they would be joining forces in Boulder, CU's 2012 recruiting class surged into the top 25. Now Buffs fans will have to wait another year to see Scott and Gordon play together.

Scott scored a team-high 14 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead CU to a 74-59 victory over Wofford College on Friday night at the Coors Events Center.

Gordon, who watched the opener in street clothes, has decided to redshirt this season instead of playing a more limited role off the bench.

"Wesley Gordon has a chance to be a first-team All-Pac-12 player," Boyle said of the 6-8 forward. "I really believe that before it's all said and done for him at Colorado."

Scott appears headed for similar stardom. The 6-10 forward was only 2-for-4 from the field but knocked down 11-of-12 free throws in his CU debut.

"In high school I just kind of learned that when they're smaller than you, they're going to hack the crap out of you," said Scott, who had a sizable advantage in the paint over his Wofford counterparts. "So you better be able to shoot your free throws."


Boyle's backcourt doesn't appear to be suffering a sophomore slump. Askia Booker and Spencer Dinwiddie scored 13 points each to set the tone for the Buffs.

Booker scored 11 of his points in the first half as CU took a 34-23 lead into the intermission after holding the visitors to 34.6 percent shooting.

"It's not really that much different," Booker, the sixth man on last year's NCAA Tournament team, said when asked about the responsibility of being the starting shooting guard. "My role has changed to be more aggressive. I have to score, I have to rebound, I have to be consistent without turning the ball over."

The Buffs (1-0) only turned the ball over 10 times and scored 13 points off of 13 miscues by the Terriers (0-1).

Wofford was able to limit CU to four fast-break points and stayed in the game by knocking down five 3-pointers in the first half.

"Obviously, we wanted to speed it up and they wanted to slow it down. They did a good job of that," Boyle said. "Normally, we would be pressing and trapping in our defense a little bit. ... When we broke down, they made us pay."

Wofford only attempted two free throws in the game. The home team was 28-for-36 at the foul line.

The Buffs took an 18-8 lead after back-to-back 3-pointers by Dinwiddie and Booker.

Dinwiddie, CU's point guard this season, had the crowd gasping after hitting the hardwood and grabbing his left leg in agony. It turned out to be a minor setback and the 6-6 sophomore proved to be just fine with a steal and slam dunk to open the scoring for the Buffs in the second half.

"I got hit in the leg, then my leg kind of went dead, and when I stood up my calf locked up," said Dinwiddie, who also had five rebounds, four assists and two blocks. "That's all it was really. It's not major."

After a step-back jumper by Booker and a pair of free throws by an attacking Dinwiddie, CU opened up a 45-28 lead with 16:08 remaining.

Andre Roberson was 0-for-3 from the field and did not score in the first half. CU's preseason Wooden Award candidate finished with a quiet seven points and six rebounds.

Nine different Buffs played, including true freshmen Scott, Xavier Johnson, Eli Stalzer and Xavier Talton. Junior guard Jeremy Adams (knee) was unavailable.

Johnson led the Buffs with eight rebounds. Stalzer scored on CU's final possession of the first half and hit a 3-pointer with 9:15 remaining to make the score 60-39.

Chris Jenkins, a 6-7 forward from Detroit, will also redshirt this season with Gordon.

"I think it says a lot about the players we've got in our program," Boyle said. "Those are mature decisions. They're long-range decisions, not short-term decisions. In today's society in the world of college basketball, it's pretty admirable that those guys would make a decision like that.

"It bodes well for our program down the road I promise you."

Having Scott in the program could make the Buffs dangerous again in 2012-13. Boyle didn't have a post presence like him during the back-to-back 24-win seasons.

"Josh is terrific," Boyle said. "I didn't think he played particularly well and he finishes with 14 points and six rebounds. Pretty stellar effort for a guy who only took four shots."

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Colorado 74, Wofford 59



Smith 20 0-1 0-0 2-2 0 0 0

Skinner 38 3-9 2-2 3-8 5 3 8

Cochran 31 8-24 0-0 0-5 0 4 22

Faithfull 30 1-3 0-0 0-1 3 5 3

Collins 32 6-15 0-0 0-6 3 3 16

Swinton 14 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 2 0

Byrd 14 2-4 0-0 0-3 0 0 6

Gordon 4 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 3 2

Neumann 17 1-3 0-0 1-3 0 4 2

Totals 200 22-61 2-2 9-34 13 24 59

Percentages: FG .361, FT 1.000.

3-Point Goals: 13-35, .371 (Cochran 6-15, Collins 4-8, Byrd 2-3, Faithfull 1-2, Swinton 0-1, Neumann 0-2, Skinner 0-4).

Team Rebounds: 5.

Blocked Shots: 2 (Skinner, Cochran).

Turnovers: 13 (Faithfull 3, Collins 3, Cochran 2, Byrd, Neumann, Skinner, Gordon, Smith).

Steals: 3 (Cochran 2, Collins).

Technical Fouls: None.



Roberson 31 2-8 3-5 1-6 2 2 7

Scott 26 2-4 10-11 4-6 1 3 14

Booker 30 6-13 0-0 0-3 0 1 13

Chen 20 3-5 2-2 0-1 0 1 9

Dinwiddie 29 3-6 6-9 0-5 4 1 13

Johnson 24 1-2 3-4 2-8 1 1 5

Talton 10 0-3 2-3 0-1 0 2 2

Stalzer 16 2-2 0-0 0-3 1 0 5

Harris-Tunks 14 2-4 2-2 0-2 1 1 6

Totals 200 21-47 28-36 8-38 10 12 74

Percentages: FG .447, FT .778.

3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Stalzer 1-1, Chen 1-2, Booker 1-3, Dinwiddie 1-3, Johnson 0-1, Roberson 0-1, Talton 0-1).

Team Rebounds: 3.

Blocked Shots: 6 (Roberson 2, Dinwiddie 2, Scott, Chen).

Turnovers: 10 (Booker 3, Johnson 2, Scott 2, Roberson, Stalzer, Chen).

Steals: 5 (Roberson 3, Talton, Booker).

Technical Fouls: None.

Wofford 23 36--59

Colorado 34 40--74

A--10,611. Officials--Don McAllister, Bruce Hicks, Tom Spitznagel.