Buf­faloes’ depth too much for Pios

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Pat Rooney

Colorado made sure it was a rude home­com­ing for DU coaches Rod­ney Billups and Ricardo Pat­ton.

On a night that saw both teams shoot well, the Buf­faloes’ depth and ath­leti­cism proved too much for Billups’ Pi­o­neers, as CU steadily pulled away for a 89-62 win Tues­day night to im­prove to 2-0 on the young sea­son.

Billups worked on the staff of CU coach Tad Boyle for six sea­sons be­fore tak­ing the job at DU, his alma mater, be­fore last sea­son. With older brother and CU leg­end Chauncey Billups sit­ting court­side, it also was the CU re­turn for Pat­ton, who coached the Buffs for a dozen sea­sons through 2006-07.

The Buffs led 43-33 at half­time but DU was able to pull within six points a lit­tle more than four min­utes into the sec­ond half. But over the next three and a half min­utes the Buffs outscored DU 12-1, a run capped by an electrifying all-fresh­man fast break al­ley-oop from McKin­ley Wright to Tyler Bey.

Four play­ers scored in dou­ble fig­ures for the Buffs, led by 14 points from Na­mon Wright. Sopho­more Deleon Brown came off the bench to go 5-for-9 with 13 points, while McKin­ley Wright had 12 points, two as­sists and two steals.

Jeremy Pa­passo, Daily Cam­era

CU sopho­more guard Deleon Brown drib­bles past DU fresh­man Elvin Ro­driguez on Tues­day night.

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