RedHawks down.

It was perhaps a little too close for comfort for Jeff Bzdelik, but Colorado completed its non-conference schedule with a 67-65 victory over Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday night at the Coors Events Center.

The 2,658 breathless witnesses had to watch a potential game-winning 3-pointer by RedHawks guard Allen Roberts bounce off the front of the rim -- just an inch or two short of creating a dog-pile of celebration at half court -- as time expired.

The sweet relief of victory allowed the Buffs (9-5) to match last season`s win total and improve to 8-0 at home, the best start at the Coors Events Center since the 1982-83 season.

"I don`t think we`re going to have any blowout games in the Big 12," Cory Higgins said. "This was one of thosesteps we needed to take, to win those close games."

With seven minutes remaining, Higgins had not scored. Yet the Buffs were winning by seven points.

What a difference the addition of Alec Burks has made for CU. The skillful 6-6 freshman did most of the heavy lifting -- producing his first career double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds) -- before Higgins scored his 11 points in the final 6:54 to help finish what proved to be the difficult task of beating the visitors from the Mid-American Conference.

"Last year we probably would have lost that game if I had played the way I did today," said Higgins, who was 4-for-11 from the field and 1-for-3 at the line after entering the game shooting 50.3 percent from the field and 87.1 percent from the line for the season. "This year we`re a much better team, and it showed."

Marcus Relphorde and Dwight Thorne added 14 points each on a combined 9-for-13 shooting. Nate Tomlinson and Austin Dufault both took charges, something Bzdelik has been begging his players to do with more frequency. And Shane Harris-Tunks showed some spunk with three rebounds and an impressive blocked shot in 15 minutes of quality work.

The RedHawks fell to 3-10, but Bzdelik described the game as a "quality win" for his program. Miami also lost by two points at Kentucky (72-70), by three points at Xavier (70-67) and by four points at Cincinnati (63-59) earlier in the season.

"So to beat a quality team historically that has a great basketball tradition is a real confidence boost to our young basketball team," Bzdelik said.

CU led 63-56 after a pair of free throws by Higgins with 1:21 remaining, but three misses at the stripe by the home team in the final 36.6 seconds allowed Miami to get within two points with possession of the ball in the final 9.6 seconds.

The Buffs had entered the game as the nation`s best free-throw shooting team (78.9 percent). CU was 18-for-26 (69.2 percent) at the line on Tuesday.

"That`s the kiss of death," Bzdelik said. "We were ranked No. 1 in the nation in free throw percentage going into tonight. I don`t think we will be anymore."

The Redhawks cut a seven-point halftime deficit to 41-40 with 9:28 to play. The Buffs answered with a 9-0 that began with a Burks basket and ended with Higgins` first four points.

Miami clawed its way back again and was within 53-52 after a long 3-pointer by Nick Winbush with 3:40 remaining. Thorne and Higgins responded with back-to-back makes from behind the arc on CU`s next two possessions to push the lead back to seven points.

In the final 38 seconds, Roberts hit a 3-pointer and Kenny Hayes scored six points to make things very interesting.

"I just held my breath and hoped it didn`t go in," Relphorde said of Roberts` final shot.

Things are looking up for the Buffs. At least until the Big 12 season begins on Saturday at No. 2 Texas.

Colorado 67, Miami (Ohio) 65

MIAMI (OHIO) (65)

FG FT Reb

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

Mavunga 26 3-5 3-6 0-5 1 2 9

Ballard 30 2-5 1-2 0-2 2 3 5

Fletcher 27 4-6 1-1 1-6 0 3 9

Haddix II 22 1-4 0-0 2-3 0 4 2

Hayes 35 8-13 2-2 0-0 1 3 21

Roberts 20 5-9 3-3 1-2 3 1 14

Sdrbrg 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0

Williams 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 2

Winbush 29 1-7 0-0 1-7 3 4 3

Totals 200 25-51 10-14 7-27 11 22 65

Percentages: FG .490, FT .714.

3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Hayes 3-5, Winbush 1-2, Roberts 1-3, Haddix II 0-1, Ballard 0-2).

Team Rebounds: 2.

Blocked Shots: 1 (Roberts).

Turnovers: 14 (Haddix II 5, Roberts 3, Soderberg, Ballard, Mavunga).

Steals: 6 (Hayes 3, Roberts 2, Haddix II).

Technical Fouls: None.

COLORADO (67)

FG FT Reb

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

Dufault 25 0-2 2-2 0-1 1 2 2

Tomlinsn 32 1-1 2-2 1-3 2 2 5

Relphrde 31 5-7 3-5 0-3 1 3 14

Burks 36 6-11 4-6 2-10 3 2 17

CHiggins 28 4-11 2-3 0-2 2 3 11

Thorne 21 4-6 3-4 0-1 1 3 14

H-Tunks 15 0-1 0-0 0-3 1 2 0

Knutson 6 0-1 2-2 0-1 0 0 2

Hrnbckle 6 1-1 0-2 1-1 0 1 2

Totals 200 21-41 18-26 4-25 11 18 67

Percentages: FG .512, FT .692.

3-Point Goals: 7-14, .500 (Thorne II 3-4, Relphorde 1-1, Tomlinson 1-1, C.Higgins 1-3, Burks 1-4, Knutson 0-1).

Team Rebounds: 0.

Blocked Shots: 3 (C.Higgins, Harris-Tunks, Dufault).

Turnovers: 14 (C.Higgins 4, Relphorde 2, Dufault 2, Harris-Tunks 2, Tomlinson 2, Hornbuckle, Thorne II).

Steals: 6 (Relphorde 2, C.Higgins 2, Burks, Thorne II).

Technical Fouls: None.

Miami (Ohio) 25 40--65

Colorado 32 35--67

A -- 2,658.

Officials -- Gerry Pollard, Terry Oglesby, Jaime Luckie.