CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Through three games this season, the Buffs' backcourt has proven to be unbeatable.

Askia Booker continued to knock down clutch shots and Spencer Dinwiddie locked up another great scorer to lead Colorado to a 60-58 victory over No. 16 Baylor on Friday here at TD Arena.

Tad Boyle's sophomore guards are big reason why the Buffs (3-0) will play for the Charleston Classic championship against Murray State on Sunday (6:30 p.m., ESPN2).

Booker scored a career-high 19 points to lead CU's offense against the Bears. Dinwiddie added 11 points and held explosive Baylor point guard Pierre Jackson (12 points, 3-for-11 shooting) in check.

"(Booker) has got ice water in his veins. We want him shooting when he's open and at the free throw line late," Boyle said. "I think Spencer's job defensively on Pierre Jackson was really special."

CU had a 35-30 lead at halftime thanks in large part to Booker's 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting.

During the Buffs' 67-57 win over Dayton on Thursday to open the tournament, Booker led the team with 16 points, making 6-of-11 shots from the field.

"It's just taking full advantage of the opportunities that coach called for me," Booker said. "I thank Andre (Roberson) and Spencer for getting me some of those shots in transition. Those guys are the key to my success in scoring."


Jackson was averaging 23.3 points this season and scored 31 points to lead Baylor to an 84-74 win over Boston College.

"Pierre had 31 points and seven assists (on Thursday)," Boyle noted. "Today he had 12 points and one assist."

CU's third starting guard, Sabatino Chen, helped limit Brady Heslip to 3-for-9 shooting (1-for-5 behind the arc) after the Baylor guard made nine 3-pointers against the Buffs in the NCAA Tournament meeting between the former Big 12 rivals.

"Sabatino Chen was terrific chasing him through those screens and being there on the catch," Boyle said. "The whole key with him was to be there on the catch and make him put it on the floor and drive it. We can talk about all the matchups, but it was a great team defensive effort."

The Bears (3-1) finished the game 37.3 percent (22-for-59) from the field. All three of CU's opponents have been under 40 percent this season.

Rest and free throws

Guess what the Buffs are going to work on today during practice?

CU has escaped with two wins at TD Arena despite shooting a dreadful 18-for-42 (42.9 percent) at the free throw line.

"We have a day off, I think we might get in the gym and shoot some of those," Boyle said with a smile after the Buffs made just 4-of-18 (22.2 percent) freebies against the Bears. "I have full confidence in every player on our team to step up to that line. We recruit good shooters and they are good shooters. We're not making them, that's why you rely on your defense and rebounding."

Roberson is just 2-for-12 at the unguarded line in the tournament.

"I should have knocked down a couple free throws that I missed," said Roberson, who could have iced the game but clanked two free throws with three seconds left in regulation. "But overall it was a good game."

The four made free throws were the fewest for CU in a win since making two during a 60-59 victory at Oklahoma on Feb. 9, 1980.

Third time a charm

Boyle's first CU team let a double-digit lead slip away in the second half of a 70-66 loss to Baylor on Jan. 29, 2011, in Waco, Texas.

The final meeting as Big 12 adversaries proved costly when the Buffs did not make the NCAA Tournament.

And, of course, the Bears ended the memorable March run by the Buffs last season with an 80-63 win in the Big Dance.

"That's why I was so excited after the game and so proud of the fans that came down here to support this team and program," Boyle said.

CU's returning players had Baylor circled before the Charleston Classic began. Now it's time to put the program's biggest nonconference win of the Boyle era behind them and bring a trophy back to Boulder.

"We've just got to do what we came here to do, win a championship," Roberson said.


This is CU's first 3-0 start since Jeff Bzdelik's 2009-10 team opened that season with home wins over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Coppin State and Texas Southern. ... The Buffs now lead the series with Baylor 16-10, including a 5-2 edge on neutral courts. ... Roberson moved into a tie with Vince Kelley (730 rebounds, 1980-84) for fifth on CU's all-time rebounding list.


"I think it was two teams that wanted to win bad that didn't have postseason execution, but had early-season execution," Baylor head coach Scott Drew said after the Bears' first loss of the season.

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