Spencer Dinwiddie played like an older sibling.

The 6-6 sophomore guard scored a career-high 29 points to lead Colorado to a 70-61 victory over Colorado State in front of a raucous and record crowd of 11,708 on Wednesday night at the Coors Events Center.

Dinwiddie, who referred to the Rams as CU's "little brother" and predicted that the C-Unit would not rush the court if the Buffs prevailed, backed up the bold talk all night.

"It was an analogy. I think they took it as disrespect, and I didn't mean it that way," Dinwiddie said. "Backing it up is great because they were on my Twitter a lot."

Dinwiddie was an earth-scorching 8-for-10 from the field, including 5-for-7 behind the arc, and 8-for-10 at the free throw line.

The Buffs saluted their loyal fans, who did remain in their seats, after improving to 7-1.

"What an atmosphere for college basketball. Record crowd, which is a testament to our fans," CU head coach Tad Boyle said. "I thought it was an NCAA Tournament-type game."

The previously unbeaten Rams (6-1) trailed by 20 points at halftime but were within 43-30 after a basket by Dorian Green.

Dinwiddie answered with a pair of 3-pointers to temporarily restore order and give CU a 49-32 cushion.

A 7-0 spurt by CSU forced Boyle to call a timeout with the Buffs' lead trimmed to 10 points. Dinwiddie scored at the rim to quiet the green and gold contingent that erupted for the first time.


Larry Eustachy's rugged and senior-dominated Rams refused to go away.

As Boyle attempted to rest Dinwiddie, Andre Roberson and Josh Scott, CSU cut its deficit to 54-51 with a 10-0 run.

"I feel like we did kind of slacked off in the second half coming out, they made a little run," Roberson said. "But guys did a great job getting back to our defensive standards."

Askia Booker scored on an aggressive drive, Scott grabbed a key offensive rebounds for two second-chance points, and Dinwiddie made a pair of free throws to give the Buffs a little breathing room after the Rams' hardest charge.

"We started guarding again," Boyle said. "They scored 10 points the rest of the way."

CU avenged last year's one-point loss in Fort Collins. Rams fans celebrated on the floor at Moby Arena after knocking off the future Pac-12 Tournament champions.

CSU, which entered the game with the nation's best rebound margin (+17.3), won the battle of the boards 42-30. CU had a 30-20 scoring advantage in the paint and 17 points off 14 turnovers.

Roberson finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds to back up Dinwiddie's stellar performance.

CU took a 42-22 lead into the intermission after shooting 59.3 percent (16-for-27) from the field and holding the Rams to 30.0 percent (9-for-30).

Dinwiddie had 15 points, and Roberson added 10 before the break on a combined 9-for-10 shooting.

"When I'm hitting shots like that I keep shooting because I'm trying to get the lead," said Dinwiddie, whose defense and assists helped lead CU to the Charleston Classic title in November.

The noise level in the building was ear-piercing during the Buffs' 9-0 start that included a dunk by Roberson on a lob from Dinwiddie and a 3-pointer off the glass from Booker.

CSU didn't score until a Colton Iverson's (19 points, 14 rebounds) basket 4:45 into the game.

The Rams missed eight of their first nine shots and trailed 15-2 after a steal and slam by Roberson with 13:27 remaining in the half.

"I feel like our guys did a great job coming out aggressive and trying to make a statement," Roberson said.

A 3-pointer by Daniel Bejarano started an 8-0 run by to cut the deficit to five points, but a 3-pointer by Dinwiddie capped a 7-0 answer to give CU a 22-10 advantage.

After Iverson got tangled up with an aggressive Sabatino Chen on both ends of the court, the CSU big man lost his composure and was called for a technical foul.

Dinwiddie made both free throws and then added a his third 3-pointer of the half to make the score 38-17.

CU, which lost its only true road game of the season at Wyoming, will play No. 9 Kansas on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence (noon, ESPN2).

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What went right

The Buffs scored the first nine points of the game and led by as many as 25 points in the first half with Spencer Dinwiddie and Andre Roberson combining for 25 points on 9-for-10 shooting before the intermission.

What went wrong

Other than Mike Bohn not being able to introduce Butch Jones at halftime? Not much for the Buffs.

Star of the game

Dinwiddie, who referred to the Rams as CU's "little brother" before the game, backed up the talk with a career-high 29 points.

What's next?

The Buffs venture back into Big 12 country with a nonconference game at No. 9 Kansas on Saturday in Lawrence (noon, ESPN2).

Colorado 70, Colorado State 61




Hornung 28 1-4 0-0 4-7 2 5 2

G Smith 19 1-3 2-2 5-5 0 2 4

Iverson 33 7-14 5-8 4-14 0 4 19

Eikmeier 32 3-15 0-0 0-2 0 3 7

Green 38 5-11 6-6 1-4 1 2 18

Bejarano 22 3-5 0-0 0-4 1 4 9

Octeus 22 1-5 0-0 0-1 2 3 2

Santo 6 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 0

Totals 200 21-59 13-16 18-42 6 23 61

Percentages: FG .356, FT .813.

3-Point Goals: 6-19, .316 (Bejarano 3-4, Green 2-5, Eikmeier 1-7, Octeus 0-3).

Team Rebounds: 3.

Blocked Shots: 3 (Iverson, G. Smith, Hornung).

Turnovers: 14 (G. Smith 5, Green 4, Santo, Eikmeier, Octeus, Iverson).

Steals: 4 (Green, Octeus, G. Smith, Hornung).

Technical Fouls: Iverson.




Roberson 37 5-11 5-8 3-14 2 0 15

Scott 27 2-8 0-0 2-3 0 4 4

Booker 33 2-11 1-5 2-3 2 3 6

Chen 21 2-4 0-0 0-1 0 0 4

Dinwiddie 36 8-10 8-10 0-2 3 1 29

Johnson 16 2-3 1-4 0-2 0 1 5

Talton 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0

Stalzer 10 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0

Harris-Tunks 13 2-3 3-4 0-1 0 3 7

Adams 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Totals 200 23-50 18-31 9-30 8 13 70

Percentages: FG .460, FT .581.

3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (Dinwiddie 5-7, Booker 1-3, Johnson 0-1, Roberson 0-2).

Team Rebounds: 3.

Blocked Shots: 5 (Roberson 2, Johnson, Scott, Dinwiddie).

Turnovers: 7 (Dinwiddie 2, Stalzer 2, Scott, Booker, Roberson).

Steals: 7 (Roberson 3, Scott, Dinwiddie, Chen, Booker).

Technical Fouls: None.

Colorado St. 22 39--61

Colorado 42 28--70

A -- 11,708.

Officials -- Chris Rastatter, Mike Reed, Rodrick Dixon.