NAU can’t keep up with Colorado

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Askia Booker and Xavier Johnson each scored 17 points and Colorado set its season high in points scored by routing Northern Arizona 98-51 on Friday night.

Spencer Dinwiddie had 15 points and Josh Scott added 11 for Colorado (9-2), which is off to its best start since opening 9-2 in 1994-95.

The Buffaloes are unbeaten in four all-time meetings with Northern Arizona (4-6), a member of the Big Sky conference that dropped to 0-3 against Pac-12 teams this season. The Lumberjacks were beaten by Oregon and Arizona earlier this season.

DeWayne Russell had 15 points and Max Jacobsen 10 to lead the Lumberjacks, whose 47-point loss represented their largest margin of defeat this season. The previous high was a 43-point loss to Arizona.

Colorado was breezing by the break, taking a 57-21 lead while piling up a season high in points for a half.

The 47-point loss was the worst for NAU since the 1991-92 season.

“We knew coming in it was going to be a tough game with the third game in five nights,” said Lumberjacks coach Jack Murphy. “We have had so much focus on the conference games. We came out tonight like it was just a game on the schedule. I felt like we did some better things in the second half. We didn’t turn the ball over as much, and we shot it better. We have to find positives from the negatives and move forward.”

The Buffaloes shot 66 percent to the Lumberjacks’ 31 percent and finished with a 45-22 rebounding advantage.

“We hung with them early on, but they just went on a scoring spurt,” said Murphy. “We have to do a better job of contesting 3-pointers and limiting second shots. It started snowballing there when they hit 3s. We have to do a better job when those situations arise.”

NAU breaks for the holidays before returning to action Dec. 27 against BYU in Provo, Utah.