Colorado defeats Hartford 80-52; Scott scores 21 |

Colorado defeats Hartford 80-52; Scott scores 21

Colorado guard Andre Roberson, right, gets tangled up with Hartford forward Nate Sikma in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

BOULDER – Josh Scott scored a career-best 21 points, Askia Booker had 19, and Colorado led handily from start to finish in beating Hartford 80-52 on Saturday.

Andre Roberson added 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Spencer Dinwiddie had 11 points and six assists for Colorado (10-2), off to its best start since also opening 10-2 in 2005-06.

Evan Cooper had 14 points to lead Hartford (7-6). No other player scored in double figures for the Hawks (7-6), who remained winless in five games against members of the Pac-12 Conference over the last 28 years. Two of those losses are against Colorado.

Up by 24 points at the break, Colorado stretched its lead to 56-23 with an 11-2 burst to start the second half. Dinwiddie helped fuel the run with a three-point play, and Scott capped it by sinking a jumper. The only score by Hartford in that span came on a layup by Jamie Schneck with 19:21 left in the second half, Hartford’s first points in the paint of the game.

Cooper’s third 3-pointer pulled the Hawks to within 56-26, but the Buffaloes took off again on a 12-4 burst capped by Scott’s three-point play to open a 37-point advantage.

Hartford responded with its only strong stretch of the game, getting a pair of 3-pointers from Wes Cole and outscoring the Buffaloes 12-0 over a nearly four-minute span before Colorado again halted their momentum with a 10-0 burst sealing the game.

Overall, the Hawks were outrebounded 52-21 and outscored from up close 44-11. It was the most points allowed in a game by Hartford this season.

Colorado scored the first 11 points of the game, starting with a dunk by Roberson 18 seconds into the contest and finished with its second highest scoring first half of the season in taking a 45-21 lead.

Hartford didn’t collect its first rebound until John Peterson pulled one down off a missed jumper by teammate Yolonzo Moore II. By then, the Buffaloes had put together separate runs of 18-3 and 8-0 for a 26-6 lead over Hartford, which got all of its first-half points from seven 3-pointers, including three by U’u on 7 of 27 shooting from the floor.

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