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Colorado defeats Tennessee-Martin, 91-65

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BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Josh Scott had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead Colorado past Tennessee-Martin 91-65 Sunday night

Spencer Dinwiddie and Wesley Gordon added 13 points each for Colorado (1-1). Xavier Johnson contributed 12 points for the Buffaloes, who rebounded from a road loss to Baylor.

Colorado dominated its smaller guests, outscoring them 44-10 within the lane. The Buffaloes lead the series 7-1.

Terence Smith and Marshun Newell led Tennessee-Martin (0-2) with 15 points each. Dee Oldham has 11. The Skyhawks were 12-for-29 on 3-pointers.

Dustin Thomas came off the bench to score nine points and Colorado limited Tennessee-Martin to 35 percent shooting in building a 10-point lead at the break.

Smith made his first three shots to start the game and his rainbow jumper gave the Skyhawks their biggest lead, 14-8. But they had only a free throw by Javier Martinez over the next four minutes when Xavier Talton's layup gave Colorado its first lead, 16-15.

Tennessee-Martin led 24-21 after Justin Childs made a 10-foot jumper, but the team went cold the rest of the half. Xavier Johnson started a 24-11 run over the final 8:22 of the first half and the Buffaloes took a 45-35 lead into intermission.

Johnson helped maintain a double-digit lead for the Buffaloes with a 3-pointer and two free throws in the early going of the second half. Oldham's back-to-back treys with 12:51 remaining, momentarily got Tennessee-Martin below the 10-point deficit, 56-49, but Scott's two free throws and a layup by Jaron Hopkins got the lead back to 60-49.

Baskets by Newell and Oldham brought the Skyhawks to within 63-53, but the team from Ohio Valley Conference ran out of gas over the final 8:12 left. Askia Booker accounted for six points over that span as the Buffaloes closed out the game with a 28-12 advantage.

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