What went right: CU's defense was solid for all 40 minutes, holding the Coyotes to a .339 overall shooting percentage and a 4-for-23 mark on 3-pointers.
What went wrong: Nine turnovers in the first half by CU kept the game closer than it should have been, but the Buffs committed only four after halftime.
Star of the game: D'Shawn Schwartz. Several Buffs enjoyed solid games, but the sophomore guard shook off a shooting slump to go 6-for-7 and share the team lead with 14 points. Schwartz also grabbed four rebounds and didn't record a turnover in 23 minutes.
What's next: The Buffs complete a four-game homestand on Saturday against Illinois-Chicago (4 p.m., Pac-12 Network). It will be the final home game until Jan. 10.
As D'Shawn Schwartz went about the work of shaking off a recent shooting slump, every time his phone buzzed Schwartz could guess who was checking in on the other end.
Chances are it was a text message from assistant coach Kim English, who kept himself busy this week by continually pumping up Schwartz's confidence.
The words of wisdom clearly paid off Tuesday night, as the Colorado men's basketball team continued its high-scoring start to the season by routing South Dakota 82-58 at the CU Events Center.
The Buffs have scored at least 79 points in six of seven games and have averaged 87 points in the first three games of a homestand that ends Saturday afternoon against Illinois-Chicago.
"I probably attribute that one to coach English," Schwartz said. "He gave me some texts of what I need to do. And it kind of was along the lines of get some shots up and shoot the ball and the rest will take care of itself. I appreciate him for that."
Schwartz entered the game having gone 1-for-9 with just two points over the previous two games, yet he came alive once again against the Coyotes. The sophomore from Colorado Springs went 6-for-7 from the floor and shared the team lead with 14 points. Schwartz also recorded four rebounds and didn't commit a turnover in nearly 23 minutes.
Schwartz kept the South Dakota defense guessing, knocking down a 3-pointer and twice taking the ball coast-to-coast after grabbing defensive rebounds. He also provided one of the game's biggest individual highlights by taking a pass from Evan Battey while cutting through the lane and finishing with a right-handed slam and a 3-point play.
"One of the things I talked to him about (Monday) was that you've got to play extremely hard, and defend and rebound," CU head coach Tad Boyle said. "Your offense will get going. You're a good shooter. When you're open, shoot it. He did that tonight. He made some really nice plays attacking the rim under control. It was good to have D'Shawn back."
South Dakota remained within six points with a little more than six minutes remaining in the first half before the Buffs started piling on, outscoring the Coyotes 15-8 the rest of the way in the first half to take a 41-28 lead at the break. South Dakota went without a field goal over the final 4 minutes, 32 seconds of the first half.
The Buffs never trailed and ended South Dakota's slim chances of a comeback by reeling off 10 consecutive points in a 14-2 run early in the second half.
Five players scored in double-figures in a balanced Buffs attack, led by 14 points apiece from Schwartz and Battey. Battey went 8-for-10 at the free throw line and also recorded four rebounds and four assists.
Sophomore forward Tyler Bey posted 13 points and seven rebounds, while point guard McKinley Wright finished with 11 points, six rebounds, and five assists.
The Buffs shot .481 from the floor and held South Dakota to a .339 mark, the lowest total by a CU opponent so far this season.
"A workmanlike effort by our guys," Boyle said. "I thought we handled South Dakota's double-teams in the post in the first half really well. Our big guys did a great job of passing out of that. That was a big part of the game plan tonight offensively. The guys did a great job of feeding the post and then cutting and making some extra passes. Defensively, I thought we were pretty good all night."
COLORADO 82, SOUTH DAKOTA 58
SOUTH DAKOTA (4-4)
Johns 1-2 0-0 2, Burch-Manning 5-10 1-4 12, Simpson 3-10 2-2 8, Armstrong 1-9 2-4 5, Peterson 5-12 4-5 15, Harvey 2-2 0-2 4, Power 1-2 0-0 2, Robinson 0-6 5-8 5, Umude 1-3 2-2 5. Totals 19-56 16-27 58.
Siewert 2-5 0-0 4, M.Wright 4-9 2-3 11, Gatling 2-3 6-6 11, Schwartz 6-7 1-1 14, Bey 5-7 3-4 13, Strating 0-1 0-0 0, Battey 3-7 8-10 14, Martinka 0-1 0-0 0, Ersek 0-0 0-0 0, Brown 0-2 0-0 0, N.Wright 1-5 4-4 7, McQuade 0-0 0-0 0, Kountz 3-6 1-2 8, Parquet 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-54 25-30 82.
Halftime — Colorado 41-28. 3-point goals — South Dakota 4-22 (Umude 1-2, Burch-Manning 1-4, Peterson 1-4, Armstrong 1-5, Robinson 0-3, Simpson 0-4), Colorado 5-16 (Kountz 1-1, Gatling 1-1, M.Wright 1-2, Schwartz 1-2, N.Wright 1-4, Brown 0-1, Parquet 0-1, Siewert 0-2, Battey 0-2). Fouled out — Umude. Rebounds — South Dakota 27 (Harvey 8), Colorado 37 (Bey 7). Assists — South Dakota 4 (Peterson 2), Colorado 11 (M.Wright 5). Total fouls — South Dakota 23, Colorado 23. A — 6,462.