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    December 1st

    CU in the Arena …

    Getting to Know: Ft. Lewis Skyhawks … Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. MT (Pac-12 Networks) … KOA 850 AM radio … Sirius Radio 212; XM 197

    Skyhawks’ 2014-15 Record: 20-9 overall, 15-7 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.

    Skyhawks’ 2015-16 record: 5-0. Granted, those games were against West Texas A&M, Eastern New Mexico, Northern New Mexico, Haskell Indians College, and Evangel University.

    However, Ft. Lewis also has posted an exhibition victory over … Wyoming. The Skyhawks went to Laramie and defeated the Cowboys, 77-69. Considering the Buffs went to Laramie last winter and lost, 56-33, it’s hard to overlook Ft. Lewis.

    Coach: Bob Pietrack, in his first season at Ft. Lewis. Pietrack was an assistant under Bob Hofman for 11 years before Hofman retired last spring.

    Series: The Buffs lead the series, 3-0, with wins in 1976, 1985, and 2011.

    Boyle on Ft. Lewis:

    From cubuffs.com … It didn’t take much for Colorado basketball coach Tad Boyle to get his players’ attention when talking about the game plan for Wednesday night’s game vs. Division II Fort Lewis (6 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).

    All Boyle had to do was remind the 5-1 Buffs that the Skyhawks opened the season with a 76-69 exhibition win over Wyoming in Laramie.

    The Buffs, of course, remember all too well their last trip to Laramie, a 56-33 loss last November.

    “I said ‘They’ve done something we haven’t done,’” Boyle said Tuesday morning. “Kudos to them, because that’s not an easy place to play. Those guys would like nothing better than to come in and do it to us here. We’d better be ready.”

    The Skyhawks are off to a 5-0 start under Bob Pietrack, in his first full year as FLC’s head coach. Pietrack replaced Fort Lewis legend Bob Hofman, a former CU player and assistant coach who is serving this season as “head coach emeritus.” Hofman, who also coached at Boulder’s Fairview High School, will be in attendance Wednesday night.

    Boyle also reminded his players that the Division II Skyhawks see the game as an opportunity to make a name for themselves.

    “It’s their Super Bowl, no question,” Boyle said. “I just said it to our team. It is a danger.”

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    November 29th – Boulder Colorado 82, Northern Colorado 52

    From cubuffs.com … For 20 minutes Saturday afternoon, the Colorado Buffaloes played the kind of basketball head coach Tad Boyle loves to see.

    The Buffs rebounded, played defense, took care of the ball, took good shots and played team offense. And although things got a little sloppy in the second half, the 5-1 Buffs still had more than enough in their tank to carve out an 82-52 win over visiting Northern Colorado for their fifth straight win.

    This one was over early. The Buffs built a double-digit lead, 17-6, less than seven minutes into the game and steadily added to the margin throughout the half. CU closed the period with a 15-2 run, fueled by six points from Josh Scott and four from Tory Miller, to take a 46-19 lead into the locker room at intermission.

    Scott just missed his third double-double of the season, finishing with 18 points and eight rebounds. CU’s Wes Gordon also just missed his first double-double of the season, collecting a game-high 15 rebounds and nine points. George King added 13 points for the Buffs and Josh Fortune finished with nine.

    The Buffs’ defense suffocated the Bears in the opening 20 minutes, as UNC managed to score unanswered baskets only twice in the half and never had a larger run than 4-0. CU finished the half with a 24-15 edge in rebounding and held UNC to just 27 percent shooting from the field (9-for-33). The Buffs, meanwhile, shot 53.6 percent from the field in the first half (15-for-28), including 6-for-13 from 3-point range.

    The flow of the game changed significantly in the second half, much to Boyle’s chagrin. After a particularly sloppy defensive effort, Boyle called a timeout and wasted no time in delivering a message in the huddle.

    Not that the Bears were ever a threat to close the gap. But with just more than nine minutes remaining in the game, the Bears had actually outscored Colorado in the half, 15-13, after a Spencer Mathis dunk.

    The Buffs, though, finally woke up long enough to regain control. A Fortune 3-pointer with 5:30 left in the game gave CU a 35-point lead, 73-38, and CU coasted down the stretch.

    CU returns to the Events Center on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. matchup against Ft. Lewis College (Pac-12 Networks) before heading to Fort Collins on Sunday for a noon matchup with in-state rival Colorado State (Root).

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