FRESNO, Calif. - Junior forward Andre Roberson tallied his 30th career double-double with 17 points and a career-high 20 rebounds leading the University of Colorado men's basketball team to a 50-43 road win Wednesday night at the Save Mart Center on the campus of Fresno State.
The Buffaloes improve to 8-2 on the season and the eight wins in 10 games are a school-first since 2001-02.
Sophomore Askia Booker and freshman Josh Scott added 14 and 11 points, respectively.
"You have to find a way to win when you don't play your best, and we obviously ran into that in the second half," CU head coach Tad Boyle said. "We didn't play our best, obviously, but we found a way."
Sophomore guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who sprained his ankle in a road loss at Kansas last Saturday, did not score a point until a made free throw with 18 seconds remaining in the game to give the Buffaloes a three point lead.
His second free throw attempt came up short; however, Roberson pulled down his 20th rebound of the night and followed it up by draining two clutch free throws providing Colorado with a five point lead and the first road victory of the season.
Roberson is the first CU player to grab 20 rebounds in a game since Stephane Pelle grabbed 21 boards on Nov. 21, 2002 against Stetson.
"You know, (Assistant Sports Information Director) Andrew [Green] has been nagging at me to get 20 rebounds for a while, and I just finally put my mind to it and did it," Roberson said of accomplishing the feat. "My dad also told me in a text message, 'go out there, rebound your butt off, and try to get 20' and I went out there and did it."
After a close first half, in which Colorado led 18-17 with 6:22 remaining, Colorado appeared to finally take control of the game with a 9-0 run led by a Booker 3-pointer, four points by Josh Scott, and a Roberson layup to give the Buffaloes a 27-17 halftime lead.
However, the second half began with the home team going on a 7-0 run of their own, cutting the lead to three after an and-one play by Fresno guard Allen Huddleston. Colorado failed to score a point until Roberson did so at the 14:47 mark with a layup.
The Bulldogs would go on to take the lead for the second, and last, time of the evening after a layup by Robert Upshaw giving Fresno a 30-29 lead with 12:15 remaining in the contest.
Colorado had an answer though, Booker drilled a 3-pointer and then Roberson followed with an impressive alley-oop dunk assisted by Sabatino Chen, who would then score the next four points of the game making the score 41-32, completing a 9-0 run for the visiting team.
This was the sixth time a Colorado opponent has been held to under 50 points in a game during the Tad Boyle era in Buffaloes basketball.
"It was our best defensive performance all year," said Boyle. "So, that's progress."
Colorado hopes to continue to make progress in their next outing, after an eight day break, against Northern Arizona on Friday, Dec. 21 at the Coors Events Center. The Buffs lead the all-time series 3-0, with all three games in Boulder. NAU (3-5) is idle until hosting Montana State (Dec. 17) and Montana (Dec. 19) in back-to-back Big Sky Conference games.