BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Carlon Brown wasn’t thinking about personal milestones. He was still sore about second-half letdowns in Colorado’s previous two games.
“Forget what I did personally,” Brown said. “I thought we let our fans down the last two games when we let the other team back into the game.”
Brown scored 18 points to reach the 1,000-point milestone for his career, and Austin Dufault added 14 to lead the Buffaloes to a 92-34 rout of New Orleans on Wednesday night.
“We played much better,” Brown said. “We found ways to make stops and played 40 minutes tonight.”
Askia Booker had 13 points, and Andre Roberson and Spencer Dinwiddie scored 12 apiece for the Buffaloes (8-4), winners of three straight. Roberson added 12 rebounds, giving him his eighth double-double this season and 13th of his career.
It was the Buffaloes’ final tuneup before the start of conference play on Saturday against Utah.
“We finally put two halves together,” said Colorado coach Tad Boyle. “Better late than never.”
The Buffaloes shot 55 percent (32 of 58) from the field and dominated inside, outscoring the smaller Privateers 50-6 in the paint and 24-4 on second-chance points. Colorado improved to 6-1 at home.
“We really took a step forward,” Boyle said. “I don’t know how they scored 34.”
The 34 points allowed was the Buffaloes’ lowest since Jan. 17, 1949, a 42-30 win at Kansas.
Rarlensee Nelson and Generra Varmall had seven points each for the Privateers (9-6), who lost their second straight after a six-game winning streak. New Orleans was held to its lowest scoring total of the season.
“We just didn’t play well,” said New Orleans coach Mark Slessinger said. “We knew we had to play pretty error-free basketball to play with a team as good as Colorado.”
The team appeared extremely fatigued throughout the game.
“We played in Denton last night against North Texas and got on a plane this morning and flew in and played here,” Slessinger said. “We didn’t have our normal pop.”
New Orleans wasn’t helped when second-leading scorer Antonio Wertz left the game late in the second half with an injured right ankle.
It was only the second meeting between the schools; New Orleans hosted Colorado last season, winning 67-65.
Colorado had little trouble running out to a 13-2 lead against New Orleans, a Division I independent transitioning to Division II. Brown had three layups and a free throw before Nelson buried a 3-pointer and Varmall sank two free throws to get New Orleans within 13-7.
The Privateers missed their next five shots, and the Buffaloes cashed in with a 12-0 run to lead 25-7 with 11:33 left in the first half.
Brown, who had 16 by halftime, had five points and Colorado outscored the Privateers 26-16 the rest of the way to lead 51-20 at halftime.
Things only got worse in the second half for New Orleans, starting with a 7-0 run out of halftime. Later, after two free throws by the Privateers’ Lovell Cook made it a 63-27 game, the Privateers went scoreless for nearly seven minutes and Colorado went on a 17-0 run.
After that, the Buffaloes mercifully emptied the deepest part of their bench.
“This is a Pac-12 team and we didn’t really have any ‘bigs,'” said Varmall. “They just got out on us and we couldn’t do anything about it.”
Colorado’s conference opener is a matchup with Brown’s former team. He played for the Utes for three seasons, leaving after the 2009-10 season.
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