BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Austin Dufault scored a season-high 18 points, leading Colorado past Maryland-Eastern Shore 92-65 Wednesday night.
Marcus Relphorde, Alec Burks and Cory Higgins added 15 points each for the Buffaloes (9-4), who won their 20th straight at home against a non-conference opponent.
Maryland-Eastern Shore (3-9), coming off an eight-day holiday break, lost for the seventh time in eight games away from home this season.
Hillary Haley led the Hawks with 18 points. Kevin White added 12 and Dishawn Bradshaw 11 for Maryland-Eastern Shore, which has lost both of its meetings with Colorado. The Buffaloes beat the Hawks 75-62 in 1993 in the only other game between the schools.
Maryland-Eastern Shore was within 61-48 on Tyler Hines’ fast-break layup but couldn’t sustain momentum against the hot-shooting Buffaloes, who hit 60 percent of their shots from the floor. The Hawks shot 42 percent.
Levi Knutson hit a 3-pointer to trigger a 12-4 run that Shannon Sharpe capped with a dunk, extending Colorado’s lead to 73-52 with 7:08 left to play.
The Buffaloes shot 72 percent (18 for 25) in the first half, pulling away in the final five minutes to take a 46-33 lead.
Bradshaw’s tip-in pulled the Hawks within 34-32, but Colorado closed the period with a 12-1 burst highlighted by Burks’ dunk at the end of a fast break.
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