AUBURN, Ala. -- Josh Scott may have had a few sleepless nights replaying his poor shooting performance in the Colorado Buffaloes' opening loss against No. 7 Iowa State.
Yet both Scott and coach Tad Boyle expressed confidence there would be few, if any, 5-for-16 performances like the one Scott suffered against the Cyclones. Against Auburn on Tuesday Scott was in vintage form, scoring 24 points and adding a team-leading nine rebounds as CU earned an impressive road victory.
"Like I said after last game, that was a freak of nature game for me," Scott said. "I make those shots all the time. For me, it was just about coming out and demonstrating what I've worked on and what kind of player I am. I should have made more shots against Iowa State, but I was able to contribute to this game more."
Scott made 8-of-10 from the floor as well as from the free-throw line, while also recording three blocked shots. His performance moved Scott into seventh place on CU's career rebounding list and sixth place among CU's all-time leading shot blockers.
"I think it was big for our team and also some of the individuals within our team that have been here the past few years," Scott said. "We know how big a road win is, especially in an environment like that. We got down, but in the end we fought back and came out with a very convincing win."
Junior guard Josh Fortune still didn't fully get into a rhythm offensively, going 3-for-8 from the floor and finishing with 11 points. But all three of Fortune's field goals were from 3-point range, and he delivered five points during a 10-2 CU run that gave the Buffs the lead for good midway through the second half.
Fortune, who did a commendable job crashing the boards to finish with five rebounds, also got bragging rights over former Providence teammate Tyler Harris, despite Harris' 23 points and 12 rebounds for Auburn.
"I'm still trying to get back in the groove with game-time situations, but when my shot isn't falling I have to do other things to help the team out like rebounding and playing defense," Fortune said. "I know (Harris) pretty well. We tried to stay distant because we were coming in and competing against each other. We're both competitors, but at the end of the day we're still friends and he had a good game today."
CU knew it would have its hand full with Auburn sharpshooter Kareem Canty, who indeed shot the Tigers into the lead by making his first five 3-point attempts.
Boyle told his squad that Canty reminded him skill-wise of former CU guard Askia Booker. Booker, like Canty, could get red hot. But he also could go stone cold. Canty scored only five points after tallying 19 in the first half.
"Canty is a good player, he's a rhythm guy ... he's a lot like (Booker) was for us," Boyle said. "Our scouting report was like, 'Canty is like Booker.' He can get hot from three and go off, but he also can go cold. The whole thing is you make them make tough shots, and I think we did a pretty good job of that."
CU hit the 90-point mark in regulation on the road for the first time since a 92-77 win at Texas A&M on Feb. 26, 2002 ... Tuesday's game marked the 300th for Boyle as a collegiate head coach. Including four seasons at Northern Colorado, Boyle now sports a 165-135 career record.