BOULDER, Colo. – Colorado shot 66 percent and had five players in double figures to defeat Northern Arizona 98-51 Friday night at the Coors Event Center. CU improved to 9-2 on the season, while Northern Arizona dropped to 4-7. The 47-point loss was the largest since the 1991-92 season.
"We knew coming in it was going to be a tough game with the third game in five nights," said Head Coach Jack Murphy. "We have had so much focus on the conference games. We came out tonight like it was just a game on the schedule. I felt like we did some better things in the second half. We didn't turn the ball over as much and we shot it better. We have to find positives from the negatives and move forward."
"Max is going to do his job," said Murphy. "He shows up every day and he does not get too high or low. I thought he played hard throughout the game. He made 4-of-6 shots and we probably need to get him more touches. I was impressed with how he played and he has done that consistently now for us for a few games."
Playing the third game in five nights, the Lumberjacks shot 31 percent in the contest and were out-rebounded 45-22 and had 16 turnovers in the game. CU made 11 three-pointers.
Colorado, a team ranked as high as No. 19 in the country this season, led by 53 points late in the game. Askia Booker and Xavier Johnson each scored 17 points for the Buffs. Spencer Dinwiddle added 15 points for Colorado.
The Lumberjacks fell behind early in the game. Trailing 12-8 five minutes into the game, the Buffs went on a 19-0 run over the next six minutes. Gabe Rogers stopped the run with a three-pointer before another 12-2 run extended the lead to 42-13. CU led by as many as 40 points in the first half and led 57-21 at the half by scoring the third-most points for CU since the 1954-55 season.
"We hung with them early on but they just went on a scoring spurt," said Murphy. "We have to do a better job of contesting three-pointers and limiting second shots. It started snowballing there when they hit threes. We have to do a better job when those situations arise."
Jacobsen and Flores led the team with six points in the first half.
NAU had 10 turnovers in the first half and just two assists. Booker led the Buffs with 12 points. The Lumberjacks shot just 28 percent in the first half, while the Buffs went 25-for-35 (71.4 percent) from the field in the half.
NAU breaks for the holidays before returning to action on Dec. 27 against BYU in Provo, Utah.