On Saturday morning, several members of the Colorado men's basketball team took turns hit´ting shots in a 94-70 rout of Jackson State.
Askia Booker, Jaron Hopkins, Xavier Talton and Dustin Thomas all had big days. Together, that group went 20-for-30 (66.7 percent) on field goal attempts and scored 53 points.
Meanwhile, star point guard Spencer Dinwiddie attempted just four shots in 31 minutes on the floor.
It certainly wasn't because Jackson State shut him down. It was Dinwiddie's choice. The limited number of attempts - combined with his season-high six assists - was a sign of Dinwiddie's maturity and unselfishness.
"We were hitting shots today," Dinwiddie said. "We were shooting the lights out, so it's not my job to score. If Talton and Jaron and everybody are going to shoot it so well, it's my job to get them shots.
"In a game like this, with their type of defense, I probably could have had 30 (points). But, it's not about that."
CU (3-1) will host Arkansas State (2-1) on Monday night. As the Buffs look forward, Dinwiddie said he will continue to do what is necessary for the team to win. If that means shooting 12 shots and scoring 25 points, he'll do it. If it means distributing the ball, he'll do that.
"It's always about winning the game," he said. "I came here because I trusted (head coach Tad Boyle's) vision and it was a program on the rise and I wanted to be a part of something special that won a lot of games. That's the way I try to play the game.
Similar to the Jackson State game, Dinwiddie took just three shots in a 91-65 win against Tennessee-Martin on Nov. 10. In that game, Hopkins, Thomas, Wesley Gordon, Xavier Johnson and Josh Scott combined to hit 21 of 30 shots (70 percent) for 58 points.
Dinwiddie realizes there are going to be games when his aggressiveness on offense will be needed. That's why he took 12 shots in the opener against Baylor and nine against Wyoming on Wednesday.
He has no problem stepping aside for his teammates, though.
"These are the games that are really fun and it's our job, as players that play a lot, it's our job to put a team like Jackson State away so other people can have fun," he said.
With a school-record eight games in November, CU doesn't have much time in between games. In fact, the Buffs are jamming their first seven games into a 17-day stretch.
After facing Jackson State on Saturday, the Buffs had just one day to prepare for Monday night's game against Arkansas State.
"As players it's fun," Dinwiddie said. "You practice to get better, but it's not the most fun part of the season. The quick turnaround is always fun."
The quick turnarounds have been a challenge for the Buffs, but Boyle said he's pleased with how the program has handled the schedule to this point.
"No. 1, I'd say this, it's a great testament to our coaching staff, because they've got to be prepared on the turnarounds," Boyle said. "And, it's a great testament to our players, because they've got to digest the scouting report and quick film session. We don't have a week to prepare for our opponents."
After starting 3-1, the Buffs would like to finish this seven-game stretch on a positive note. Boyle said the next seven days, when the Buffs play three games, "are critical for us."
It's been tough to ignore George King's nose for the ball.
The true freshman has played in just 20 minutes this season, but he has pulled down 11 rebounds. He had seven boards in 11 minutes of action against Jackson State.
"I tell our freshmen, if you want to help this team, and you want to play more than you're playing, defend and rebound and I thought George did that (against Jackson State)," Boyle said. "He earned himself some more minutes tonight."
From Brennan High School in San Antonio, King's rebounding has been reminiscent of another San Antonio product, Andre Roberson. The second-leading rebounder in CU history,
Roberson entered the NBA Draft this past summer.
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CU men's hoops preview
MONDAY: The Colorado Buffaloes (3-1) host the Arkansas State RedWolves (2-1) in a 7 p.m. game at Coors Events Center in Boulder.
BROADCAST: Radio - KOA (850 AM), with Mark Johnson on play-by-play and Scott Wilke providing color commentary. TV - Pac-12 Network, with Aaron Goldsmith on play-by-play and Lamar Hurd providing color commentary.
STORYLINES: CU is playing its fifth game in 11 days. ... This game is part of the Global Sports Main Event, a round-robin series between CU, Wyoming, Tennessee-Martin, Arkansas State and Jackson State. This is the final game for the Buffs in the series. They are 3-0 so far. ... The Buffs are 3-0 at home this season, and 47-7 at home in four seasons under head coach Tad Boyle. ... CU defeated Jackson State, 94-70, on Saturday. Askia Booker had 15 points and six assists to lead the Buffs. ... Arkansas State suffered its first loss on Saturday, 85-64 at Wyoming. Melvin Johnson III had 22 points and six rebounds for the RedWolves. ... Sophomore Josh Scott leads the Buffs in scoring (13.3 points per game) and rebounding (8.8).... Johnson leads Arkansas State with 16.7 points per game. ... Through four games, the Buffs have 156 rebounds, the highest total through four games in coach Tad Boyle's four seasons. ... The Buffs are out-rebounding their opponents by an average of 8.5 boards per game. Arkansas State is being out-rebounded by 10.7 per game. ... Arkansas State went 19-12 a year ago and won the Sun Belt Conference West Division for the second time in three years.
KEY STAT: Arkansas State is connecting on nine 3-pointers per game on 24.7 attempts (36.5 percent). CU is giving up 8.5 3-pointers per game on 22.3 attempts (38.2 percent).
COACHES: Tad Boyle is 72-39 in his fourth season at CU and 128-105 for his career. John Brady is 82-79 in his seventh season at Arkansas State and 363-295 for his career.
PROBABLE STARTERS: Colorado - G Spencer Dinwiddie, 6-6, Jr. (12.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.0 apg); G Askia Booker, 6-2, Jr. (11.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.8 apg); F Josh Scott, 6-10, So. (13.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg); F Xavier Johnson, 6-7, So. (11.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg); F Wesley Gordon, 6-9, Fr. (9.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg). Arkansas State - G Melvin Johnson III, 6-6, Sr. (16.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg); G Brandon Reed, 6-4, Sr. (6.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.0 apg); G Ed Townsel, 6-0, Sr. (3.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg); F Kirk Van Slyke, 6-10, Sr. (14.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg); F Kendrick Washington, 6-7, Sr. (5.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg).
SERIES: CU won the only other meeting, 81-75 on March 21, 1991, in Boulder.
UP NEXT: CU will host UC Santa Barbara on Thursday.