The Buffs' Fab Four put on a show.

Tad Boyle's dynamic backcourt and dominant post players were spectacular during No. 19 Colorado's 89-74 victory over Air Force on Sunday night.

Starting guards Askia Booker and Spencer Dinwiddie combined for 30 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists.

Starting forwards Andre Roberson and Josh Scott combined for 38 points, 20 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and three steals.

But CU's bench played to a 19-19 draw with Air Force's reserves.

Tuesday night's game against Texas Southern (1-5) should be an opportunity for Boyle to spread the minutes out and give role players like Jeremy Adams, Xavier Talton and Shane Harris-Tunks a chance to gain some more confidence.

"Depth is something that we're going to continue to develop," Boyle said after CU started a season 5-0 for the first time since 1989-90. "It's going to be a strength of this team; it may not be there yet. I thought the guys who came off the bench played well and gave us some good minutes."

Eli Stalzer only played 12 minutes, but the unflappable freshman guard knocked down two 3-pointers and only had one turnover.

Talton scored on an aggressive drive through traffic and grabbed three rebounds in nine minutes.

Xavier Johnson scored seven points in 10 minutes. The aggressive 6-7 freshman forward was also whistled for four fouls.

Neither starting guard Sabatino Chen or Adams took a shot from the field.


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Everybody is going to have to be ready to catch and shoot when Pac-12 teams are scouting the Buffs more thoroughly and designing defenses to stop Scott. The 6-11 freshman was 6-for-12 from the field and 8-for-10 at the line for a career-high 20 points.

"He's going to have to learn to deal with double teams. That's going to be the next step in his progression as a post player," Boyle said. "As he continues to be a threat down there, people are going to have to double him, and that's going to free it up for our shooters."

Air Force head coach Dave Pilipovich had his team ready to play, but after the Falcons made eight 3-pointers in the first half there was no answer for Scott down the stretch.

"Josh is very good. He plays like a senior," Pilipovich said. "He's very talented, very composed on the floor. I love his demeanor, I love his work ethic. ... He made a great decision to come (to CU) and he is going to be very good here."

On Monday the Buffs moved from No. 23 to No. 19 in the Associated Press poll and also debuted at No. 19 in the USA Today Coaches poll.

Boyle is confident that his young team will be focused on taking care of business against Texas Southern and not looking ahead to looming games against Colorado State and Kansas.

"I'm not going to ignore it. It's a fact and I'm happy for our program and our fans. I'm not going to make it sound like it's insignificant," Boyle said of the national rankings. "But we have to understand how we got there and we have to understand how we can stay there.

"We don't have to win every game. We just have to figure out what to do to win the next game."

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TONIGHT: The No. 19 Colorado Buffaloes (5-0) face Texas Southern (1-5) at 7:30 p.m. at the Coors Events Center.

BROADCAST: Television on Pac-12 Network with Jim Watson (play-by-play) and Ernie Kent (analyst). Radio on KKZN (760 AM) with Mark Johnson (play-by-play) and Chad Brown (color). Follow on Twitter @RyanThorburn.

CU STORY LINES: Josh Scott and Andre Roberson combined for 38 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Buffs to an 89-74 victory over Air Force on Sunday. ... CU is 5-0 for the first time since the 1989-90 season. ... The Buffs also moved up from No. 23 to No. 19 in this week's Associated Press poll and debuted in the USA Today Coaches poll at No. 19.

TEXAS SOUTHERN STORY LINES: Texas Southern is already playing its fifth true road game of the season and is 0-4 so far, including a 79-52 loss at Middle Tennessee State on Saturday. ... Entering Monday's games, the Tigers were 316th in scoring (58.0 ppg) and 341st in field goal percentage (.353).

KEY STAT: The Buffs are 10-0 all-time against teams from the SWAC.

COACHES: Tad Boyle is 53-26 in his third season at CU. Mike Davis, the former Indiana and UAB head coach, is 1-5 in his first season at Texas Southern.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Colorado -- F Andre Roberson, 6-7, So., 10.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg; F Josh Scott, 6-10, Fr., 13.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg; G Spencer Dinwiddie, 6-6, So., 13.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg; G Askia Booker, 6-1, So., 17.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg; G Sabatino Chen, 6-4, Sr., 5.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg. Texas Southern -- C Kyrie Sutton, 6-9, Sr., 6.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg; F Fred Sturdivant, 6-7, Sr., 9.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg; G Raymond Penn, 5-9, Jr., 16.2 ppg, 4.7 apg; G Omar Strong, 5-9, Sr., 8.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg; G Madarious Gibbs, 6-0, So., 5.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg.

SERIES: CU leads 3-0, including an 88-74 win in the NIT on March 16, 2011, and a 56-51 win on Dec. 22, 2011.

UP NEXT: The Buffs will play their first true road game of the season on Saturday at Wyoming (8 p.m., Root Sports).