Colorado 82, South Dakota State 49

The Buffs easily beat South Dakota State 82-49 Monday night at the Coors Events Center. <A HREF=[PlayerNode:1516028]>Marcus Hall</A> recorded his first-career double-double and two seldom-used walk-ons, including <A HREF=[PlayerNode:1516009]>Billy Boidock</A>, made appearances as the Buffs notched their 13th win of the season.

He's no Preston Slaughter, but 6-0 junior walk-on Billy Boidock got into the game late and charged up the small crowd at the Coors Events Center Monday.

4:23, Boidock enters the game.

3:34, Boidock's first rebound.

3:18, senior walk-on Mac Mattingly joins the lineup.

3:13, Boidock picks off an SDSU dribbler and scores his first points of the season. Biggest crowd noise all night.

2:21, Mattingly throws up an air ball from beyond the arc. Biggest groan of the night.

1:17, Mattingly redeems himself with a steal and is fouled. He clanks both off the rim.

1:02, Boidock another steal which leads to a Jayson Obazuaye layup.

0:00 Buffs walk off the floor 82-49 winners over the Jackrabbits.

The first 35 minutes was a bit of a snoozer. South Dakota State is in its first year of Division I basketball, but still fields Division II talent.

CU never trailed and shot 54 percent from the field, while holding the Jackrabbits to 34 percent. Hall, a sophomore, scored 11 points and dished out 10 assists to record the first double-double of his tenure at CU.

Junior forward Andy Osborn, who at one point in the second half hit three 3-pointers in a row, led Colorado with 15 points, while freshman Richard Roby had 14 and a team-high seven boards.

Steve Holdren paced SDSU with 16 points.

The win improved CU's record to 13-10 overall, while SDSU fell to 7-16. CU takes a 4-7 conference record into its game at home with Texas A&M on Saturday (2 p.m.). The Aggies are 4-6 in the conference and play at Texas Wednesday.

STATS LEADERS
Colorado
Points: Andy Osborn 15, Richard Roby 14, Chris Copeland 12
Rebounds: Roby 7
Assists: Marcus Hall 10
Turnovers: Osborn 3
Blocks: Marcus King-Stockton 2
Steals: Hall 4

South Dakota State
Points: Steve Holdren 16, Ben Beran 14
Rebounds: Joe Green 13
Assists: three tied with 3
Turnovers: Brady Hokenson 6
Blocks: none

GAME TALK
Ricardo Patton

I saw some positives out there. I thought our guys played with a good focus. I saw some things we can build on.

Before the game we talked about doing some things that would also work against Big 12 competition. And I thought for the most part the guys tried to do that.

On getting a lot of guys more minutes than usual
I really didn't go in thinking about playing any person playing any amount of minutes. But what I did was try and look at different combinations. At some point we moved Marcus back to the wing, and had Marcus Hall and Roby to try to free both of those guys up to do a little bit more scoring and had Antoine McGee at the point. I thought McGee did a nice job of running the point.

But I'm excited when I can get guys minutes that don't normally get minutes. Billy Boidock is a special young man. It's great to see him out there playing and having some success. He works hard every day. He's my player of the game.

On how soon the Buffs forgot about Saturday's loss at Kansas
You have to forget it. It was probably forgotten after practice yesterday. By the time practice was over we had moved on.

Billy Boidock
On his playing time

It's a big confidence booster. It feels good just to be in there a few minutes and feel like you're contributing. I do it for (my teammates, who) are putting in 30 and 35 minutes a game. Just being in there a few it makes me see how tough it is to do what they do.

Marcus Hall
On seeing Boidock play

He comes out and practices every day just as hard as the other guys. He definitely deserves to get that time. Before the game we talked about trying to get this (score) up so we could get this guy in the game.

NOTES
Chauncey Billups will be honored at halftime of Saturday's game with Texas A&M at the Coors Events Center. Billups, who played at CU in 1996 and 1997 before entering the NBA, will have his No. 4 jersey hung from the rafters during the ceremony.

Also on tap to have their jerseys hung from the Coors ceiling are former Buffalo greats Burdie Haldorson (No. 22, 1952-55), Cliff Meely (No. 20, 1968-71), Charles Gardner (No. 13, 1963-66) and Ken Charlton (No. 23, 1960-63).

Billups, in his hometown of Denver for the weekend to attend NBA All-Star festivities, was the NBA Finals MVP last season for the Detroit Pistons.


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