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MBB Opens Exhibition Season With Victory

Nov 1, 2007

BOULDER - Senior guard Richard Roby scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds leading the University of Colorado men's basketball team to a 70-56 exhibition victory over Brock University, Thursday night at the Coors Events Center.

"Obviously we played much better in the second half," said CU head coach Jeff Bzdelik, who made his coaching debut in Boulder. "Defensively, we did a much better job because they only shot 39-percent opposed to 52-percent in the first half. And, we only turned the ball over twice in the second half. That gave us a chance to score.  

"Brock University is a very difficult team to play; they're very disciplined on offense and they run their stuff hard. I'm very proud of our players?they gutted out a win as a unit for the first time together."
 
CU trailed at half 35-33, however rallied in the second stanza finally regaining the lead they would never relinquish on a three-pointer by sophomore Xavier Silas, pushing ahead 47-46. From there the Buffs went on a 23-10 run for the 14-point victory.

"Every win is a good win," Roby said. "They are a seasoned team (Brock), more so then most teams you'll play an exhibition game against, they play a lot of games.  I get jitters before the first game of the season and I'm glad I was able to get them out of the way tonight."

The Buffaloes continue to excel in exhibition play with their 20th straight victory since 1999 and improving their overall record to 45-6. 

CU was also led by Silas' 17 points.

Colorado shot 50 percent from the field (27-of-54) and committed only two turnovers in the second half (11 in the first half). 

Brock had five players in double figures, led by Brad Rootes with 14 points and seven assists.  

Tonight also saw the return of senior Marcus Hall. Hall, redshirted last year, scored 12 points, grabbed six rebounds and had five assists.  

CU continues its exhibition season next Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. against Regis University at the Coors Events Center.