PARIS, France – The University of Colorado men’s basketball team dropped an 86-73 decision to the AMW France Elite ''Pro A'' All-Stars in their 2012 European Tour opener Tuesday night at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris, France.
The same two teams square off against one another on Thursday, August 16, 8:30 p.m. local time (12:30 p.m. Mountain).
Sophomores Spencer Dinwiddie and Askia Booker each scored 13 points to pace the Buffaloes, while junior forward Andre Roberson added 11 points and 20 rebounds.
Kevin Sepharin led all scorers with 24 points for the winners. Michel Toti and Ada Sane chipped-in with 16 and 14 points, respectively for AMW France.
The more experienced collection of professional players from the AMW France All-Stars led throughout the game in a close back-for-forth dual with the younger Buffaloes.
With CU trailing 50-47 at the break, the Buffs jumped ahead early in the third quarter (10 minute quarters international play) on a Booker three-point play and freshman forward Josh Scott’s layup, giving CU a 52-50 lead after holding the home team scoreless for 3:15 minutes to open the third quarter.
AMW France pulled even and took the lead for good, and led by as many as nine points on the strength of a pair of treys to regain the lead. At one time with CU trailing 59-56 in the third quarter, the Buffs were represented on the court with five freshmen at the same time.
From there, it was a close battle as AMW France slowly pulled away pushing ahead 75-69 with 5:36 to play. Freshman Xavier Johnson recorded nine points and seven rebounds in his college debut, while Scott added 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting.
Thursday, the CU men’s basketball team, will again sight-see on day three in Paris travelling to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
CU is in Europe on a five-game, 10-day trip that will also take the Buffaloes to Antwerp (Belgium) and Amsterdam (The Netherlands).
Game 3: Sat., August 18, 8 p.m. (Noon, MT) vs. Optima Ghent; Sportarena Tolhuis (Gent, Belgium).
Game 4: Sun., August 19, 2 p.m. (6 a.m. MT) vs. Gembo BBC Borgerhout; Sporthal Luisbekelaar, Borgerhout (Antwerp, Belgium).
Game 5: Mon., August 20, 7:30 p.m. (11:30 a.m. MT) vs. Rotterdam Challengers; Topsportcentrum (Rotterdam, Netherlands).