GENT, Belgium - Freshman forward Josh Scott scored a game-high 19 points leading the University of Colorado with a balanced scoring attack as the Buffaloes broke open a close game in the third quarter into a 91-63 rout over Optima Ghent, Saturday evening at Sportarena Tolhuis.
Day five of CU's 10-day European Trip saw junior forward Andre Roberson add 15 points and 14 rebounds, sophomore guard Askia Booker chip-in with 18 points and six assists, with freshmen forwards Chris Jenkins and Xavier Johnson adding 12 and 10 points, respectively. Jenkins and Johnson each grabbed six rebounds apiece.
The Buffs are 1-2 on their five-game schedule playing semi-professional teams from France, Belgium, and Holland.
"The good thing about tonight, we made fewer defensive mistakes and fewer breakdowns, that's why we gave up 63 points rather than 80's, 90's in which we did the first two games," said CU head coach Tad Boyle. "Obviously, the level of competition tonight wasn't what it was like the first two games.
"I was really pleased with the way our team responded. We had about an hour and a half film session this afternoon and that, I think the guys took it to heart and really tried to go out on the floor and execute the things we talked about."
The game was close through the first 30 minutes (10-minute quarters) with CU holding a 59-53 lead, then raced out to a crushing 32-10 fourth quarter and limited the Dragons to 10 points in the final stanza.
CU scored six straight points to open the quarter increasing its advantage to 65-53 before Optima Ghent scored on a three pointer. From there, the rout was on as CU went on a 16-0 run with a strong display of inside and perimeter play led by Roberson's eight points.
CU dominated the glass with a 50-19 advantage (23 offensive) and shot 45.8 percent from the field compared to the home team's 40 percent. The Buffs trailed after the first quarter 22-19, however led each quarter thereafter.
Scott was 9-of-15 from the field; Booker was 8-of-11; and Roberson went 7-of-13, along with three steals. Everyone on CU played in the game.
Thomas Van de Vandel led Optima Ghent with 19 points.
Game four of the tour is Sunday, August 19, 2 p.m. (6 a.m. MT) against Gembo BBC Borgerhout at the Sporthal Luisbekelaar, Borgerhout in Antwerp, Belgium. After the game on Sunday, CU will bus to Amsterdam and play its final game, the fifth of the tour Monday evening against Rotterdam.
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 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).