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Askia Booker scores 16 of his 21 after halftime to lead Colorado past San Francisco 72-55

  • Colorado's Tory Miller snags a rebound over Kruize Pinkins in the second half of an NCAA basketball game against San Francisco on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at the Coors Event Center in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/The Daily Camera, Jeremy Papasso)

    Colorado's Tory Miller snags a rebound over Kruize Pinkins in the second half of an NCAA basketball game against San Francisco on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at the Coors Event Center in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/The Daily Camera, Jeremy Papasso)  (The Associated Press)

  • University of Colorado head coach Tad Boyle yells to his team during an NCAA basketball game against San Francisco on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at the Coors Event Center in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/The Daily Camera, Jeremy Papasso)

    University of Colorado head coach Tad Boyle yells to his team during an NCAA basketball game against San Francisco on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at the Coors Event Center in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/The Daily Camera, Jeremy Papasso)  (The Associated Press)

Askia Booker scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half to help Colorado break open a close game, and the Buffaloes beat San Francisco 72-55 Wednesday night.

Booker couldn't miss in the second half, hitting all six of his shots from the floor, including four of his five total 3-pointers.

Josh Scott added 12 points for Colorado (5-1), which won its third in a row.

Mark Tollefsen scored 12 points to lead San Francisco (4-3). Matt Christiansen added 10 points.

After Kruize Pinkins opened the second half with a basket for the Dons, Colorado ran off 10 straight points, including successive 3-pointers by Booker, to take a 42-36 lead.

Corey Hilliard hit a running jumper to temporarily stall Colorado's momentum but the Buffaloes then scored eight of the next 10 points to stretch their lead to 50-40 with 12:11 left to play.

The Dons managed to get within six before Scott hit a pair of free throws and Booker hit another 3-pointer to help the Buffaloes re-establish a double-digit advantage.

Colorado, down by as many as 10 points earlier, pulled to 34-32 at halftime when Dustin Thomas rebounded a teammate's missed free throw and laid it in.

San Francisco put together a 17-2 run midway through the opening half to forge in front 21-11, getting a pair of 3-pointers from Chris Adams during the stretch.

Dominique Collier and Xavier Talton each hit 3-pointers to help the Buffaloes get back in the game.

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TIP-INS

San Francisco: The Dons played their first true road game of the season. They were 7-5 on the road last season and have gone 13-11 on the road over the last two seasons. ... Tollefsen has scored in double figures in all seven games this season.

Colorado: Xavier Johnson was held out of the game after missing practice this week because of a hamstring injury suffered in Sunday's win over Lipscomb. ... The Buffaloes have 23 consecutive wins at home against nonconference opponents

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San Francisco: hosts Houston Baptist on Sunday

Colorado: at Georgia on Sunday.