The University of Colorado men's basketball team powered past the University of Tennessee-Martin after defeating them by 26 points on Sunday night, 91-65.
Freshman forward Dustin Thomas said that he believed the victory was a team effort.
"I think we played good as a team, I think everybody came out and played hard, and it showed at the end of the game," Thomas said. "Everybody was, I think, ten or eleven points across the board. It shows everybody was sharing the ball."
Sophomore forward Josh Scott led the Buffaloes with 15 points, eight rebounds, an assist and a block. Three more Buffs also added double-digit scoring to the total, with junior guard Spencer Dinwiddie and freshman forward Wesley Gordon rallying 13 points apiece.
The Buffs looked much better all around on Sunday, with a final FG percentage of 59.2% and a final three-point percentage of 35.7%. They took much smarter shots and appeared more composed than they did against Baylor on Friday night.
Gordon attributes this composure to better ball movement and getting the ball to the team's big men.
"Just looking inside more and making sure we feed the big men, and just getting the ball in the paint," Gordon said. "We know that our guards can be aggressive off the dribble, and that Josh, me, and Dustin as well can't really be stopped down low."
The Buffs got off to a slow start during Sunday's season opener, no thanks to Skyhawks junior guard Terence Smith, who scored ten points in the first four minutes of the game. The Buffs managed to catch up eight minutes into the first half and take their first lead of the game, off of a layup from freshman forward Dustin Thomas (16-15).
They kept competition close for the majority of the half before tying the game up with a shot by sophomore forward Xavier Johnson from downtown (24-24). The Buffs took over during the remaining eight minutes, and ended the half with a ten-point lead, 45-35.
The Buffs kept the momentum going into the second, and never let the Skyhawks regain any momentum throughout the rest of the game. After amassing as much as a 27-point lead in the second half (85-58) with three minutes left, the Buffs finished the game with a nice win, 91-65.
"I thought that tonight was a good showing by our team," head coach Tad Boyle said. "We got a lot of guys in the team and in the rotation and I thought that was good. We're awful young, as I've been telling you guys for about a month now, and I think that showed at times."
The Buffs return to the Coors Events Center for their second home game on Wednesday, Nov 13 and will tip off against the Wyoming Cowboys at 7:00 p.m.