Colorado tops Florida A&M 83-59
MADISON, Wis. (AP)—Xavier Silas scored 24 points to lead Colorado to an 83-59 victory over Florida A&M Thursday in the opening game of the America’s Youth Classic tournament.
The sophomore guard was 8-of-11 from the floor and scored 18 points in the first half as the Buffaloes (1-1) opened up a huge lead early and were never seriously threatened.
Silas’ jumper with 10:28 left in the first half gave Colorado a 25-7 lead.
The Rattlers (1-1), the defending Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference tournament champions, could get no closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Jermyl Jackson-Wilson scored 11 points and Cory Higgins, Richard Roby and Levi Knutson each added 10 for the Buffaloes, who were picked by the Big 12 coaches to finish in last place in the league.
Akini Akini paced Florida A&M with 21 points. The 6-foot-10 senior forward scored eight points during a 20-10 Rattler spurt that cut Colorado’s lead to 35-27 just before halftime.
The Buffaloes used an 8-0 run early in the second half to stretch their advantage to 50-33, and the lead remained in double digits.
Leslie Robinson added 11 points for Florida A&M.
It was the first-ever meeting between the two schools, who are both breaking in new coaches: Eugene Harris at Florida A&M, and former Denver Nuggets head coach Jeff Bzdelik at Colorado.