Carlon Brown turned D-League travel hell into a pleasant trip down memory lane on Sunday.

The former Colorado guard and Pac-12 Tournament most valuable player was trying to make a connection at DIA en route from Dallas to Boise, Idaho.

Brown scored eight points during the Idaho Stampede's 104-88 road win against the Texas Legends on Saturday night.

When the airline announced that Brown's flight to his new home was overbooked and asked for volunteers to take a later flight, the 6-5 guard was happy to assist.

"I took advantage of it, got a nice little RTD ride down here, and caught the game," Brown said after watching CU's 81-71 victory over Cal at the Coors Events Center.

Tad Boyle didn't know Brown was in Boulder until he walked out on the court and saw his March hero, who is currently sporting a James Harden-like beard, sitting courtside.

Brown was in the Golden State Warriors' training camp this summer where he battled Jarrett Jack, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson every day in practice.

After getting sent down to the D-League franchise in Santa Cruz, Calif., where he didn't get much playing time, Brown was traded to Idaho.

"The D-League has been up and down," Brown said. "I'm just appreciative of the opportunity regardless and trying to make the most of it."

Brown is averaging 9.7 points and 3.2 rebounds on the season, but has averaged 15.0 points over the last three games.


Another Coors 10K

The official attendance on Sunday was 10,132, which is the eighth game this season at the Coors Events Center witnessed by a crowd of at least 10,000 fans.

CU has drawn 102,897 for 10 home games (10,290 average), second in the Pac-12 behind Arizona.

The fourth-largest crowd in the venue's history (11,212) was on hand for CU's win over Stanford on Thursday.

The Buffs will be on the road for their next three games before the sold-out Feb. 14 game against Arizona.

Series update

CU leads 11-10 after its third consecutive win over Cal. The Buffs have won six of the last seven meetings dating back to 2003 and are 8-1 against the Bears in Boulder.

Boyle and Co. visit Berkeley on March 2.


CU shot a season-best 81.8 percent (18-for-22) at the free throw line and made its final 13 attempts. ... The Buffs won despite committing 20 turnovers that led to 22 Cal points. ... Boyle improved to 62-32 at CU, including a 41-5 home record. ... CU improved to 2-0 this season wearing all-silver uniforms (also wore them against Colorado State).

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