In Colorado's 75-54 win over Stanford Thursday night, forward Andre Roberson earned his 33rd career double-double in dynamic fashion.
Roberson matched a career high with 20 rebounds, a number he first collected earlier this season at Fresno State. And that's not all - the junior also added 12 points, three blocks and three steals.
He was a force on the court right away, grabbing three boards in the first minute of the game. By halftime, he had racked up 11. While most of those were on the defensive end, CU head coach Tad Boyle said the three offensive rebounds were some of his most significant.
"You can just tell when (Andre) is dialed in and he plays with energy," Boyle said. "And you know where you'd see it is on the offensive rebounding. I know he only had three tonight, but he had one early where it was like, 'OK, he's going after it tonight.'"
Boyle said that while there were many leaders in Friday's game, Roberson's energy set the tone for what turned out to be the largest margin of victory for the Buffs so far this season in Pac-12 Conference play.
"I think we fed off of Andre tonight, I really do," Boyle said. "Andre is one of the leaders on this team. When he plays like that, Xavier Johnson feeds off of that. Askia Booker feeds off Andre. So when he plays like that, he lifts everybody else up."
The Buffs were outrebounded 50-26 the last time Colorado faced Stanford, in what turned out to be a 74-50 loss at the Coors Events Center. For that reason, Boyle said, rebounding had been one of the biggest focuses in preparing for Thursday's game - and Andre brought that focus onto the court more than anyone else.
"When we talk about defense and rebounding and then we do what we talk about . . . it all kind of takes care of itself," Boyle said.
Roberson, however, won't think of tonight as a personal success story. In his perspective, the "W" was the only stat that mattered.
"I don't look at numbers after the game," Roberson said. "What really matters to me is the team, the win. We were in a slump, and all of a sudden our team's going to be on the rise again, and you've seen that in the past few games. Hopefully we can keep it going."