BOULDER, CO (AP)—Colorado got 14 points from sophomore Casey Crawford and 13 from freshman Austin Dufault to beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 76-56 Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
With 10 underclassmen on its roster—five freshmen and five sophomores— Colorado headed into the season with one of the youngest teams in school history, and youth figured prominently in the Buffaloes strong start.
Nate Tomlinson, part of a starting lineup that included two freshmen, two sophomores and a junior, added 12 points in his first college game. Cory Higgins also had 12 points for Colorado, which opened a 40-20 halftime lead.
Colorado outscored the Golden Lions 19-5 over the final 7:07 of the first session with Tomlinson, Higgins and Crawford all hitting 3’s during the run.
Lebaron Weathers led Arkansas-Pine Bluff with 22 points. Tavaris Washington added 18 points despite fouling out with 4:27 remaining.