After adding 20 pounds of muscle in the offseason, Colorado sophomore Josh Scott came into this season with a re-charged sense of confidence.

When CU opponents guard him one-on-one, Scott's confidence level raises even higher.

On Monday night, Scott scored a season-high 20 points and pulled down five rebounds to help the Buffaloes to a 93-70 victory against Arkansas State at Coors Events Center.

"They were single-coveraging me and they weren't digging hard," the 6-foot-10, 245-pound Scott said. "If you're going to give me that, I'm probably going to score."

Scott finished one point away from his career-high. He did it by hitting seven of his eight shots from the floor and all six of his free throws.

Colorado’s Josh Scott drives against Arkansas State’s Kelvin Downs on Monday in Boulder.
Colorado's Josh Scott drives against Arkansas State's Kelvin Downs on Monday in Boulder. (Paul Aiken/Daily Camera )

"He's gained weight, he's got lot of confidence down there," CU head coach Tad Boyle said. "Our players have a lot of confidence in Josh. He had a nice night. It's a nice luxury to have, to be able to play inside-out.

"Teams will double him at times. But it's nice when they don't double him and he can go to work one-on-one down there. That's advantage Buffaloes on that deal."

Scott was one of four players in double figures as Colorado (4-1) won its fourth straight game. Spencer Dinwiddie finished with 13 points, George King 11 and Jaron Hopkins 10. Wesley Gordon and Tre'Shaun Fletcher each had nine.


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Playing for the fifth time in the first 11 days of the season, the Buffs built a 20-point lead early in the second half, but allowed Arkansas State (2-2) to cut it to eight at one point. The Red Wolves got it back to a nine-point deficit with 10 minutes, 27 seconds to play.

Brandon Reed, who was scoreless in the first half for the Red Wolves, scored 12 points in a stretch of 3:03, helping to slice the CU lead to eight, 55-47. He had all 21 of his points after intermission.

Reed and Melvin Johnson III (team-high 25 points) kept Arkansas State in the game until the final 10 minutes.

"I thought we let up a little bit the first part of that second half," Boyle said. "Part of that credit goes to Arkansas State. They've got good players and we knew that coming in.

"We've got to have that killer instinct defensively and we let up a little bit and let them back in it. But, we gained control of it and I was proud of our guys."

With 10:09 to play, Dinwiddie buried a 3-pointer that kick-started a 10-0 run to put the game away. In that spurt, Dinwiddie had five points.

"You expect your veterans to step up, whether it's Spencer, whether it's Josh, whether it's (Askia Booker) -- step up and make some plays and make some shots and gain control of that," Boyle said. "Spencer did that tonight."

Solid defense and several scoring runs helped the Buffs build a big lead in the first half.

Booker keyed a 9-0 run early in the game. After ASU pulled within 11-10, Hopkins and King combined for 11 points as CU stretched the lead to 22-10.

The Buffs put together a 12-2 run later in the half, with King capping that surge with a three-point play.

Coming out the break, the Buffs' lead hit 20, at 48-28, on an alley-oop dunk by Hopkins.

"I think we locked them up pretty well in the first half and chased them off the 3-point line," Scott said. "Coming out of the half, though, we didn't find shooters, they hit a bunch of good shots. Some shots with a hand in the face."

Reed and Johnson combined for five 3-pointers -- and two three-point plays -- within the first seven minutes of the second half.

CU regrouped, however, and was able to coast into the finish line for another relatively easy victory.

"Obviously we're happy with a 23-point win," Boyle said. "That was the good news. Like most games we've played so far this year, there's a lot of things we can take from this one and learn from and get better from."

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.

Colorado 93, Arkansas State 70 ARKANSAS ST.

FG FT Reb

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

Van Slyke 27 5-10 5-5 2-6 0 5 15

Wash. 25 4-9 1-1 1-2 0 4 9

Reed 34 7-16 3-4 0-5 4 2 21

Townsel 23 0-6 0-0 0-2 5 3 0

Johnson III 31 8-11 6-9 0-5 1 2 25

Golden 21 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 1 0

Dickerson 10 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0

Downs 24 0-1 0-0 1-4 0 3 0

Worsham 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0

Totals 200 24-58 15-19 6-30 11 21 70

Percentages: FG .414, FT .789.

3-Point Goals: 7-19, .368 (Reed 4-9, Johnson III 3-5, Dickerson 0-1, Van Slyke 0-1, Townsel 0-3).

Team Rebounds: 4.

Blocked Shots: 4 (Van Slyke 2, Worsham, Downs).

Turnovers: 16 (Downs 5, Reed 4, Johnson III 3, Golden, Dickerson, Van Slyke, Washington).

Steals: 5 (Golden 2, Worsham, Reed, Johnson III).

Technical Fouls: None.

COLORADO

FG FT Reb

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

Gordon 24 2-7 5-7 2-8 1 2 9

Scott 26 7-8 6-6 3-5 0 1 20

Booker 25 2-8 2-2 0-3 4 3 7

Hopkins 19 2-6 5-6 2-6 2 0 10

Dinwiddie 25 4-5 3-4 0-2 5 2 13

Talton 16 2-5 0-0 0-1 1 2 5

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

Fletcher 13 4-6 0-2 1-2 0 0 9

Nelson 2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0

Thomas 18 1-7 0-0 1-5 1 4 2

Gamble 2 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 0 0

Brady 2 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 3

King 15 3-4 3-3 1-4 0 1 11

Mills 7 2-5 0-0 0-0 0 1 4

Totals 200 30-64 24-30 12-42 16 16 93

Percentages: FG .469, FT .800.

3-Point Goals: 9-23, .391 (King 2-2, Dinwiddie 2-2, Brady 1-1, Talton 1-3, Fletcher 1-3, Hopkins 1-4, Booker 1-4, Nelson 0-1, Gamble 0-1, Thomas 0-2).

Team Rebounds: 3.

Blocked Shots: 5 (Gordon 2, King, Scott, Dinwiddie).

Turnovers: 9 (King 2, Booker 2, Talton, Hopkins, Scott, Gordon, Stalzer).

Steals: 6 (Booker 2, Dinwiddie 2, Scott, Stalzer).

Technical Fouls: None.

Arkansas St. 28 42--70

Colorado 46 47--93

A--8,204.