The most exciting moments of the game took place behind the scenes.

Utah players banged on the Colorado locker room door as Tad Boyle was finishing up his halftime adjustments.

"We kind of took that as disrespect," Andre Roberson said.

CU walk-on Beau Gamble countered the insult by interrupting the Utes' scrum before they left the tunnel for the second half.

"I came out kind of late but I heard Beau walked through Utah's huddle and kind of banged into everyone," Jeremy Adams said.

No punches were thrown, but the Buffs got off the mat after last Saturday's 63-62 overtime loss to Arizona State.

Unlikely heroes Sabatino Chen and Adams sparked Colorado's offense during the 60-50 victory over Utah on Thursday night in front of9,823 witnesses at the Coors Events Center.

Andre Roberson (10 points, 13 rebounds) notched his fifth double-double in as many games against the Utes while defending 6-10 senior center Jason Washburn (12 points on 5-for-10 shooting, seven rebounds).

"First of all, Andre Roberson is the best defender in America," Boyle said. "He's without a doubt the best defender in the Pac-12. ... I'd put him up against anybody in the country. Anybody. He can guard all five positions, he rebounds, he steals, he blocks shots."

Josh Scott watched helplessly from the bench in street clothes next to redshirting classmates Wesley Gordon and Chris Jenkins. The 6-10 forward was scratched due to symptoms from a concussion suffered against the Sun Devils.

"He's feeling a heck of a lot better today," Boyle said of Scott. "I don't know when he's going to be back.

Chen got the spot start and finished with 12 points on 4-for-6 shooting. Adams came off the bench to add a season-high nine points on 3-for-5 shooting.

"Sabatino was telling everybody this was a must-win and he played like a senior," Adams said.

The Buffs (18-8, 8-6) avoided the season sweep by holding the much-improved Utes (11-15, 3-11) to 31 percent (9-for-29) shooting from the field in the second half.

Roberson became the second CU player to eclipse 1,000 boards for a career. The 6-7 junior is now 48 rebounds behind Stephane Pelle (1,054, 1999-2003) for No. 1 on the program's all-time list.

"It means a lot," Roberson said of the milestone. "Coach Boyle has preached defense and rebounding since day one. It's a great accomplishment for me."

After freshman Jordan Loveridge opened the second half with a 3-pointer to give the Utes the lead (31-30), CU turned up the pressure on defense and took control with an 11-0 run.

Askia Booker and Chen connected from long range and Roberson made two baskets at the rim during the spurt.

Loveridge, who didn't play during CU's 58-55 loss in Salt Lake City, ended a Utah scoring drought of 3 minutes, 59 seconds. The 6-6 freshman finished with 12 points and seven rebounds.

The Utes were down by five points when Brandon Taylor had a layup attempt swatted into the C-Unit by Spencer Dinwiddie with 4:21 remaining.

Roberson scored off his own offensive rebound on one end and took a charge on the other to provide CU with a 55-48 cushion.

The visitors had a chance to make it a one-possession game in the final 90 seconds, but Jarred DuBois clanked an open 3-pointer and Jason Washburn couldn't convert from point-blank range in the paint.

Roberson rebounded both misses, and the Buffs closed things out by making 5-of-6 free throws in the final 46.1 seconds.

Earlier in the game, Dinwiddie's streak of consecutive free throws made ended at 33, which was 12 short of Cory Higgins' program record. The sophomore point guard finished 6-for-8 at the line with a game-high 13 points.

CU improved its positioning for an NCAA Tournament at-large bid and now heads on the road next week to play Stanford and red-hot Cal.

"You look at the alternative to winning tonight and it was disaster for the Buffaloes," Boyle said.

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Colorado 60, Utah 50

UTAH

FG FT Reb

Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Loveridge 35 5-10 0-0 1-7 2 1 12

Wshbrn 26 4-8 2-2 0-5 0 3 10

DuBois 32 2-9 0-0 0-1 3 3 6

Taylor 31 3-9 2-2 0-4 1 3 10

Martin 18 0-1 0-0 0-2 1 1 0

Dean 16 0-3 0-0 1-3 3 1 0

Lenz 8 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 2 2

Tucker 22 3-5 0-0 0-2 0 0 8

Olsen 12 1-2 0-0 1-1 1 3 2

Totals 200 19-49 4-4 6-29 12 17 50

Percentages: FG .388, FT 1.000.

3-Point Goals: 8-20, .400 (Tucker 2-3, Loveridge 2-3, Taylor 2-4, DuBois 2-6, Martin 0-1, Dean 0-3).

Team Rebounds: 3.

Blocked Shots: 2 (Tucker, Washburn).

Turnovers: 15 (DuBois 4, Taylor 4, Dean 2, Martin 2, Loveridge, Washburn, Tucker).

Steals: 10 (Taylor 3, Tucker 3, Loveridge 2, DuBois, Olsen).

Technical Fouls: None.

COLORADO

FG FT Reb

Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Johnson 29 2-4 1-2 2-5 0 0 6

Roberson 37 5-11 0-2 5-13 0 1 10

Booker 31 3-11 1-2 1-4 1 2 8

Chen 29 4-6 1-2 1-4 1 2 12

Dinwiddie 35 3-9 6-8 0-4 3 1 13

Talton 11 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0

Stalzer 6 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

H-Tunks 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2

Adams 17 3-5 3-4 1-3 0 1 9

Totals 200 21-49 12-20 11-35 6 8 60

Percentages: FG .429, FT .600.

3-Point Goals: 6-24, .250 (Chen 3-3, Johnson 1-3, Booker 1-6, Dinwiddie 1-6, Adams 0-1, Stalzer 0-2, Roberson 0-3).

Team Rebounds: 1.

Blocked Shots: 5 (Roberson 2, Johnson, Dinwiddie, Adams).

Turnovers: 14 (Dinwiddie 3, Chen 2, Harris-Tunks 2, Roberson 2, Talton 2, Johnson 2, Booker).

Steals: 12 (Roberson 4, Dinwiddie 3, Adams 2, Johnson, Stalzer, Booker).

Technical Fouls: None.

Utah 28 22--50

Colorado 30 30--60

A -- 9,823.

Officials -- Joe DeRosa, Deron White, Justin Van Duyne.