Colorado 78, Denver 64
BOULDER, Colo. (AP)—Richard Roby scored 20 points and Colorado remained unbeaten in 11 season openers under coach Ricardo Patton during the Buffaloes’ 78-64 win over Denver Friday night.
Colorado’s Jermyl Jackson-Wilson grabbed 17 rebounds, including 10 in the first half, and had 14 points. Dominique Coleman, the lone senior on Colorado’s roster, finished with 19 points and seven assists.
DaShawn Walker led Denver with 16 points. Joseph Jackson and Tyler Bullock each added 15 points.
It’s the first time the two teams have played since 2000. Colorado leads the all-time series 56-25 and has won the last five in a row. Patton, who announced he’ll step down at the end of his 11th season, is 4-0 against the Pioneers.
The Buffaloes led by as many as 21 points in the second half.
Roby had a play late in the first half that probably won’t make his highlight reel. Roby attempted a one-handed dunk on a breakaway but was rejected by the rim and fell to the floor. He smiled as he headed back down the court. The Buffs were up 17 points at the time.
Xavier Silas was assessed a technical with 9:23 left in the first half for hanging on the rim.
The Pioneers trimmed a 17-point deficit in the first half to 37-24 at halftime with a 5-1 run to close out the half.
Denver freshman guard Nate Rohnert rolled his ankle during a shoot-around Friday morning and was held out of the game. The Pioneers were already missing junior guard Mykhael Lattimore (right thumb injury) and junior center Adam Tanner (fractured left arm). They’re expected to miss at least three more games.
Junior David Kummer is out for the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee in offseason workouts.
Colorado guard Kal Bay became just the fifth freshman to start in the opener during Patton’s tenure. Roby started for Patton in 2004-05.