Boulder, CO – Josh Scott scored 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds, lifting the 23rd-ranked Colorado Buffaloes over the Air Force Falcons, 89-74, on Sunday.
Andre Roberson added 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Buffaloes (5-0), who shot 56.6 percent from the field and went 7-of-13 from beyond the arc. Askia Booker and Spencer Dinwiddie each tallied 15 points and seven rebounds.
"He showed tonight he has good skills, composure, balance," Colorado coach Tad Boyle said of Scott. "It doesn't always look the prettiest but he has a way to put the ball in the basket."
Colorado is off to its first 5-0 start since the 1989-90 season.
Michael Lyons had 20 points to pace the Falcons (5-1), who were trying for their first 6-0 start since the 1982-83 season. Todd Fletcher donated 18 points.
"Our guys showed some toughness," Air Force coach Dave Pilipovich said. "They came out and battled."
Xavier Johnson's 3-pointer gave Colorado a 19-11 lead with 13 minutes left in the first half.
Fletcher scored Air Force's next nine points and DeLovell Earls' 3-pointer made it a 23-23 game. The Falcons took a 31-29 lead on Mike Fitzgerald's shot from beyond the arc with less than eight minutes to go.
It remained close for the remainder of the half and the Buffaloes took a 41-39 margin into the locker room.
Holding a 58-56 lead with over 12 minutes to play, Colorado put together a 19-5 run to create some distance. Scott tallied eight points during the surge, including a layup with about five minutes left to make it 77-61.
Air Force never got closer than 12 the rest of the way.
The Buffaloes lead the all-time series by a 19-3 margin ... Air Force went 12- of-30 from beyond the arc.