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Buffs MBB Hosts Lafayette,Tuesday

Nov 24, 2008

FOR STARTERS (individual)... Cory Higgins has led the team in rebounding all three games (7.3 rpg.) ... Higgins also leads CU in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, minutes played ... Casey Crawford and Dwight Thorne II top the team in FG% (13-of-21, .619) and from the 3-pt. arc (6-of-11, .545) ... Jermyl Jackson-Wilson has a blocked shot in every game this season ... Austin Dufault netted double-digits for the third straight game, in addition to grabbing a season-best six boards against the Crimson ... Casey Crawford's team-leading 18 points off the bench was a CU-first since Javon Coney scored 15 points in a reserve role at Nebraska last season (15 pts., March 19, 2008) ... Thorne II has made at least one three-pointer in every game this season, and in five consecutive games dating back to last season ... Floor General Nate Tomlinson led the team in assists against Harvard and ranks second overall with four a game.

Complete Notes located at the bottom of the page. 

FOR STARTERS (team)... CU has placed four players in scoring double-digits all three games ... The Buffs are shooting .507 from the field after three contests and that falls slightly under the 2002-03 team's .524 shooting percentage after the first three games of the season. However, the 2008-09 team is shooting better at the FT line (.716 to .677) and limiting its turnovers (11.7 to 17.7) to the school's last NCAA Tournament team ... After tonight, CU takes to the road for the first time this season traveling to Stanford in the second year of the Big 12/Pac-10 Harwood Series ... Colorado has outrebounded their first opponent (Harvard, 28-to-25) ... CU's starters have averaged 54.7 points, while the bench has contributed 21.3 ppg.

FIRST FOR EVERYTHING...Tonight is CU's first-ever match up with Lafayette College and first-ever match up against the Patriot League. (American, Army, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy).

CECC RECORD...maybe a school record? Sophomore guard Cory Higgins was the first CU student-athlete to lead the team in rebounds AND assists the first two games of any season since 1973-74. It's a Coors Events Conference Center mark (building opened in 1979). The research was stopped at the 1972-73 season because assists were not kept. So, in the last 35 years, no CU player has led his team in rebounding AND assists in the first two games of the season.

POSTER COVER...Freshman guard Ryan Kelley is tonight's featured athlete. Kelley hails from Pomona, Calif. where he attended Diamond Ranch HS and was a three-year basketball letterwinner. He averaged 17 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game as a senior, in addition to being named a two-time All-California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) first-team selection junior and senior years.

LAFAYETTE UPDATE...The Lafayette Leopards bring a 2-2 record into Boulder. After opening the season with a pair of wins over Wagner (73-67) and Stony Brook (80-71), the Leopards have lost two straight - both at home to Temple (55-71) and Rider (77-84). Lafayette went 15-15 overall and 6-8 in the Patriot League and are coached by the all-time winningest coach in school history and the second longest tenured coach in the Patriot League, Fran O'Hanlon (Villanova, '70). O'Hanlon enters his 14th season as the Leopards' head coach. Lafayette is located in Easton, Pa. with an enrollment of 2,403 students.

CU ROOTS... Lafayette freshman guard Andy Moore is the son of former CU women's tennis head coach Jeff Moore. The elder Moore coached in Boulder from 1978-1982, went 66-40 and ranks third all-time in victories.

ON THIS DAY (Nov. 25)...CU is 5-2 on this date in history and last played on this date during the 2001-02 campaign falling at St. Joe's, 81-75. That team finished 15-14 only winning twice in 11 meetings on the road.

LAST GAME RECAP...Redshirt-sophomore Casey Crawford came off the bench to score a career-high 18 points CU to a 70-57 win over the Harvard Crimson. It was the first time in 60 years that the two teams have played one another. Cory Higgins added 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds. CU saw balanced scoring sending four players in double digits for the third straight game. Junior Dwight Thorne II and freshman Austin Dufault each added 11 for the Buffs (2-1).

3-POINT STREAK...Dating back to the 2001-02 season, CU has made a 3-pointer in 198 consecutive games. Last time they failed to make at least one trey was Jan. 16, 2002 against Iowa State in Boulder. The Buffs won 63-61.

HAWAII BOUND...AGAIN...The Buffaloes will be making another trip to the Hawaiian Islands playing in the 2009-10 Maui Invitational in Honolulu. It will be CU's first-ever appearance in the Maui hosted by Division II college Chaminade, and sponsored by EA Sports. The Buffaloes will be one of eight schools participating in the 26th edition of the tournament. Joining CU next year will be Arizona, Gonzaga, Louisville, Maryland, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin.

TEAM TIDBITS OF OPENER..CU shot 50% from the field in both halves (51.9% for the game) against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The last time the Buffs shot 50% in both halves was against Oklahoma (Feb. 9, 2008) ... The Buffaloes made 10 three-pointers from the new NCAA 3-point line of 20'9"... The 10 treys are the most for CU since making 10 against Oklahoma State (Feb. 3, 2007) ... The CU defense held Ark.-PB to 20 points in the first half, the lowest since allowing Iowa State 15 in Ames (Jan. 29, 2008).

CU TEAM NOTES...CU is playing a school-record eight home games before Christmas (previous high was seven set five times, most recently 1998-99) ... Entering the 2008-09 season, CU's starting lineup may consist of freshmen and sophomores. It will be the school's youngest starting five to play at one time since 1985-86 when four freshmen, one sophomore started three straight games ... For the 12th time in school history a CU team will have at least five freshmen on a roster ... CU plays nine non-conference home games, the most of any season since 1995-96 (nine). This season will be the first time playing Lafayette, Coppin State, George Washington (pending), Vermont (pending).

YOUTH movement...A combination of 10 underclassmen (five freshmen and five sophomores) highlight the roster matching one of the youngest CU teams in history. Back in 2006-07, CU had 10 underclassmen (eight freshmen), in addition to the 1992-93 season (four freshmen, six sophomores).

TV APPEARANCES...CU will play on television 20 times this season, six of those nationally (FSN, ESPN, ESPNU 4 times). Here are the rest ... ABC Regional: 1; FSN: 1; ESPN: 1; ESPNU: 4; Big 12 Network (previously ESPN Regional): 5; FSN RM: 8.

Why is the University of Colorado known as CU and not UC or U of C? The same applies at Kansas-KU, Missouri-MU, Nebraska-NU, Oklahoma-OU and Denver-DU. "Midwestern casualness," says the former and late-CU historian Fred Casotti. It has always been this way at Colorado, for whatever reason, and at the other five listed above-but seemingly nowhere else in the USA. In the 1950s, there was a concerted effort to eliminate the use of "CU" on the Boulder campus, both as a symbol and in speech, but Casotti said that no one would buy into it. "Nobody would change," he said. "It's easier to say than U of C, UC sounds like slang or something (as in ?you see'), and it was traditional. By trying to eliminate it, they reinforced it."