There was plenty of pre-holiday cheer on Friday night at the Coors Events Center.

Askia Booker got the crowd of 10,034 into the game early with 12 points in the first 7:27 to set the tone for the Buffs.

New Colorado football coach Mike MacIntyre received a warm welcome at halftime with the home team leading by 36 points.

And Ben Mills and Beau Gamble produced the loudest roars of the evening when the seldom-used 7-foot junior and walk-on from Fairview High School made their first field goals of the season down the stretch.

It was that kind of game for CU, which dominated from start to finish in a 98-51 romp over Northern Arizona.

The Buffs (9-2) finished a blistering 66.7 percent (40-of-60) from the field. It was best shooting night CU has had since making 36-of-52 attempts (69.2 percent) in a 93-53 victory over Valparaiso on Nov. 27, 1989.

"I was really proud of our guys for playing unselfish basketball," Tad Boyle said after his team finished with a season-high 24 assists. "It was contagious throughout our team."

Booker and Xavier Johnson led the offensive onslaught with 17 points each on a combined 14-for-16 shooting. Spencer Dinwiddie (15 points), Josh Scott (11) and Andre Roberson (10) also scored in double figures.

CU had a 45-22 rebounding advantage and held the Lumberjacks (4-7) to 31.1 percent shooting.

"I think coming in we were hoping that their team was already mentally gone for the holiday, and they weren't," Northern Arizona head coach Jack Murphy said. "They were focused, and coach Boyle had them mentally prepared. They shot the ball so well early on, it kind of snowballed on us and one thing led to another."

The Buffs shot 71.4 percent (25-for-35) in the first half, the 10th best shooting half in program history, and led 57-21 at the intermission.

CU's bench, which only accounted for three points in the 50-43 win at Fresno State on Dec. 12, ended up with a 39-11 scoring advantage.

It wasn't just a case of passing the statistics in garbage time. Boyle's reserves had 17 points in the first 20 minutes on a combined 7-for-12 shooting.

"Those guys are going to be important to us throughout the season," Boyle said. "We know pretty much what we're going to get from (the starters) ... sometimes those guys coming off the bench need a confidence booster. We've struggled a little bit in that area."

A 3-pointer by Roberson started a 19-0 run, which was capped with a basket by Jeremy Adams that made the score 31-8. Gabe Rogers, who was 1-for-6 shooting in the first half, ended a scoring drought of 6:09 for the Lumberjacks with his made field goal.

But CU added a 14-0 spurt with freshman guard Xavier Talton and the 6-11 Scott each hitting 3-pointers. Sabatino Chen made three consecutive layups to help the Buffs surge ahead by as many as 40 points (55-15) before halftime.

Northern Arizona was 9-for-32 (28.1 percent) from the field in the first half, including a 3-for-16 effort (18.8 percent) behind the arc.

"I thought it was a great collective effort," Dinwiddie said. "I was very proud of our defense and the way we rebounded."

The Lumberjacks never led in the game, which was tied briefly at 2-2. CU was ahead by as many as 53 points during the second half.

"They came out and blitzed us, like they were supposed to do," said guard DeWayne Russell, who led Northern Arizona with 15 points.

The Buffs will get four days off to spend with their families before returning to Boulder to prepare for the final non-conference game against Hartford on Dec. 29 at the Coors Events Center.

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Colorado 98, N. Arizona 51

N. ARIZONA

FG FT Reb

Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Bewernick 18 0-3 0-0 0-1 1 0 0

Jacobsen 31 4-6 2-3 4-6 0 2 10

Rogers 33 2-10 2-2 1-3 1 2 8

Russell 28 6-15 2-2 0-1 2 0 15

Saldivar 36 3-11 0-0 0-5 2 1 7

Dunn 9 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 0

Heine 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Flores 11 3-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 9

Gosar 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Martin 17 0-5 0-0 2-3 0 1 0

Olayinka 11 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 4 2

Ekanem 3 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0

Totals 200 19-61 6-7 7-22 6 11 51

Percentages: FG .311, FT .857.

3-Point Goals: 7-27, .259 (Flores 3-4, Rogers 2-7, Saldivar 1-6, Russell 1-7, Bewernick 0-1, Dunn 0-2).

Team Rebounds: 1.

Blocked Shots: 3 (Jacobsen, Olayinka, Ekanem).

Turnovers: 16 (Rogers 6, Russell 4, Bewernick 3, Jacobsen 3).

Steals: 7 (Russell 2, Rogers, Jacobsen, Dunn, Flores, Saldivar).

Technical Fouls: None.

COLORADO

FG FT Reb

Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Roberson 24 4-5 1-2 1-8 3 1 10

Scott 23 5-7 0-0 1-4 3 1 11

Booker 18 8-9 0-1 0-4 1 1 17

Chen 17 3-4 0-2 1-3 3 1 6

Dnwddie 16 6-9 2-2 1-6 5 1 15

Johnson 23 6-7 2-3 1-4 1 2 17

Talton 20 2-4 0-0 1-2 2 2 6

Stalzer 21 0-3 0-0 1-3 3 5 0

Gamble 5 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 3

H-Tunks 9 1-3 1-2 1-2 0 1 3

Adams 16 3-5 1-3 0-1 1 1 8

Mills 8 1-1 0-0 0-5 1 0 2

Totals 200 40-60 7-15 9-45 24 16 98

Percentages: FG .667, FT .467.

3-Point Goals: 11-20, .550 (Johnson 3-3, Talton 2-3, Scott 1-1, Roberson 1-1, Booker 1-2, Adams 1-2, Dinwiddie 1-2, Gamble 1-3, Stalzer 0-3).

Team Rebounds: 3.

Blocked Shots: 4 (Scott 2, Harris-Tunks, Roberson).

Turnovers: 16 (Dinwiddie 3, Mills 2, Talton 2, Johnson 2, Scott 2, Adams, Harris-Tunks, Stalzer, Chen).

Steals: 13 (Dinwiddie 4, Booker 2, Roberson 2, Adams 2, Harris-Tunks, Chen, Mills).

Technical Fouls: None.

N. Arizona 21 30--51

Colorado 57 41--98

A -- 10,034.

Officials -- Chris Rastatter, Dick Cartmell, Tommy Nunez.