Tad Boyle and the Buffs toured the Louvre in Paris.

Their game wasn't a work of art.

Colorado opened its five-game exhibition tour of Europe with an 86-73 loss to the AMW France Elite "Pro A" All-Stars on Tuesday night at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin.

The same two teams play again Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

According to CU's statistician, sophomores Spencer Dinwiddie and Askia Booker each scored 13 points to lead the Buffs.

The Pac-12's reigning rebounding king, junior forward Andre Roberson, picked up where he left off in March with 11 points and 20 rebounds.

AMW's Kevin Sepharin led all scorers with 24 points. Michel Toti and Ada Sane chipped-in with 16 and 14 points, respectively for the home team, which is coming off a two-game sweep of Kansas.

With CU trailing 50-47 at the break, the Buffs jumped ahead early in the third quarter (10 minute quarters in international play) on a Booker three-point play. Freshman forward Josh Scott's layup gave the visitors a 52-50 lead after holding AMW scoreless for three minutes and 15 seconds.

But the professionals held off the young Buffs, who played six freshmen in the game, down the stretch.

Freshman Xavier Johnson had nine points and seven rebounds in his CU debut, while Scott added 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting.



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