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Colorado-Northern Arizona Notes
Release: December 21, 2012
By: CUBuffs.com
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Quickly   Colorado improved to 9-2 on the season, its best start since a similar 9-2 mark in 1994-95 ... Tipoff was at 6:32, the game ended at 8:11, making the game time one of the quickest you will ever see in a televised college basketball game -- 1:39 ... The Buffs are now 37-4 at home in two-plus seasons under coach Tad Boyle (5-0 in 2012-13) and 57-28 overall ... In CU's 19-0 run where it held NAU scoreless for 6:09 (from 15:16 to the 9:07 mark), the Buffs moved to a 31-8 lead while the Lumberjacks were 0-of-7 from the field with six turnovers on 13 possessions ...  Colorado, leading 34-13, then went on a 14-0 run to go up 48-13, and owned its biggest lead of the half at 55-15 on runs that amounted to 43-7 and 21-2 ... CU shot 71.4 percent in the first half (25-of-35), its 10th best shooting first half in its history ... CU's previous high for a first half came against Colorado State when it led 42-22, also its previous largest lead at intermission (57-21 tonight) ...

The 98 points were the second most points scored by a CU team under Boyle (first: 104-59 win over Longwood on Dec. 19) ... The 47-point win did not crack CU's top 10 list of largest margins of victory, but was the second most decisive win in the Boyle Era to the 92-34 thrashing of New Orleans last year ... Colorado finished 40-of-60 for the game (66.7 percent; its third time over .500 this season, and the first time over .600 since an 88-74 win over Texas Southern in the first round of the 2011 NIT (30-of-49, 61.2); it was the best by a CU team in 23 seasons, or since Nov. 27, 1989, when the Buffs hit 36-of-52 (69.2 percent) in a 93-53 win over Valparaiso ... CU had a season high 24 assists (old high was 13) and also had season bests of 11 three-pointers made at a 55.0 percent clip.

Xavier Johnson scored a career-high 17 points, while Ben Mills grabbed a career-best 5 rebounds ... Colorado had five players in double figures, also a season best.

SERIES   Colorado now leads the series with NAU by a 4-0 count (all four games in Boulder).  Tad Boyle-coached teams improved to 6-3 against Northern Arizona.

TIME SPENT IN THE LEAD  Colorado led virtually throughout, leading for 39:07; the game was tied for 0:53; there was one tie (at 2) and no lead changes.

CU / MOST POINTS SCORED IN A FIRST HALF

Date               Opponent                           Points

12-23-00    Colorado State                61

12-02-95    George Mason                61

12-03-00    Texas-Arlington               57

12-21-12    Northern Arizona          57

CU / LARGEST LEADS AT HALFTIME (known since 1954-55)

Date               Opponent                             Score    Margin      (Final)

12-21-12    Northern Arizona      57-21         36    (98-51)

12-28-11    NEW ORLEANS         51-20         31    (92-34)

12-19-79    CENTRAL STATE       51-23         28    (98-69)

ATTENDANCE  Colorado, in five home games this year, has now drawn 51,285 fans to the Coors Events Center (an average of 10,257).  CU set its season record for average per game just last year (7,804), and in the 35-year history of the Events Center, there were nine occasions where the Buffs did not exceed 50,000 fans for an entire season.


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