CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Spencer Dinwiddie volunteered to guard Kevin Dillon.
Colorado's confident 6-6 point guard held his gifted counterpart from Dayton to 10 points on 4-for-12 shooting.
The effort helped the Buffs beat the Flyers 67-57 in the opening round of the Charleston Classic on Thursday at TD Arena.
In the semifinals on Friday, Dinwiddie was assigned to Baylor point guard Pierre Jackson, who scored 31 points the night before in a victory over Boston College.
"I was pre-volunteered against Baylor," Dinwiddie said with a smile. "I didn't exactly tell them that I wanted to (guard Jackson), but it did work out for the best."
Jackson finished with 12 points in 35 minutes on 3-for-11 shooting.
Tad Boyle said Dinwiddie's defense made the difference as CU beat the No. 16 Bears 60-58.
After a day of rest, Dinwiddie will draw Associated Press preseason All-American Isaiah Canaan tonight in the championship game between CU and Murray State (6:30 p.m., ESPN2).
"I'm facing three of the top 10 point guards in this year's draft class, so proving I can defend them is going to do wonders for me," Dinwiddie said. "I'm happy that I've been getting the opportunity."
Canaan, a 6-1 senior, is averaging 17.3 points, 4.0 assists and 3.7 rebounds this season for the Racers (3-0).
"Isaiah Cannan is a whole different monster because (Dillard and Jackson) were short and not as strong. He's a tank and he can shoot the three prolifically. I'm just going to have to go out there and play defense."
Murray State's shooting guard, Stacy Wilson, leads the team in scoring (20.7 ppg) and had 23 points in the semifinals against St. John's. Askia Booker (16.0 ppg) leads CU in scoring and had a career-high 19 points in the semifinals against Baylor.
The matchup inside between 6-7 forwards Ed Daniel (12.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg) and Andre Roberson (6.7 ppg, 10.7 rpg) should also be worth the price of admission.
"They're not going to be intimidated," Boyle said of Murray State. "They're good at everything. They can play in transition, they can play in the half court, they can shoot the three, they can attack the rim.
"They don't have the size across the front line that Dayton has or that Baylor has, but they have the toughness of knowing how to play together."
Day of rest, free throws
The Buffs conducted a light one-hour practice on Saturday at TD Arena. The reserves worked out with the assistant coaches while Boyle watched his go-to-guys shoot free throws in a separate gym.
CU was 4-for-18 at the free throw line against Baylor and is shooting 59 percent for the season.
"I think that's just a mental thing," Sabatino Chen said.
Boyle gave the players the afternoon off to rest physically and mentally before a team dinner.
CU's coaches will not discuss the game plan for Murray State with the players until a walk-through today.
Boyle said the reason Jeremy Adams has not played more in the tournament (only one minute vs. Baylor) is because he has only practiced three times this season due to a knee injury. When the junior guard gets some more practice time in he's still expected to have a big role in the rotation. ... CU's last 4-0 start was in 1998-99 (all four wins were in Boulder). ... Boyle already has 11 neutral court wins at CU. Ricardo Patton had 18 neutral court wins from 1995-2006. ... The last time the Buffs were ranked was when Patton's 2005-06 squad was No. 25 in the USA Today/Coaches poll Feb. 6-12, 2006. A win tonight will almost certainly vault CU in the polls.
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