Colorado 117, Mercer 74

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Jayson Obazuaye scored 19 points and Kyle
Carder added 13 points as Colorado won its seventh straight by
routing Mercer 117-74 Thursday night.

Sixteen players scored points for Colorado (8-1) which
substituted freely and posted its first seven-game winning streak
since the 1996-97 season. The Buffaloes shot a season-high 63
percent from the field as they extended their non-conference
unbeaten streak to 15 games.

Colorado continued its hot 3-point shooting, connecting on
12-for-19 on 3-pointers, to boost its four game total to 41.

Andrew Brown led undermanned Mercer (1-5) with 14 points. Brian
Pfohl and Will Emerson had 12 points each for the Bears, who
suffered their fourth straight loss and their worst of the year.

They were beaten by 36 points in their last game on Dec. 18 at
Oklahoma State.

Colorado had 65 points by halftime, the most the Buffaloes had
scored in a half since Dec. 7, 1990 when they recorded 75 points in
the second half of a game against Central Connecticut.

Andy Osborn and Richard Roby hit 3-pointers in the first two
minutes to get Colorado off to an early 24-6 lead. Emerson's layup
and free throw with 12:18 left got Mercer as close as 26-11 in the
first period.

The Bears didn't score again until Pfohl's layup with 9:15
remaining in the half. By then the Buffaloes lead was 37-13 and
their starters had retired to the bench. Reserve Scott Senger
accounted for six points the rest of the way as Colorado extended
its lead to 65-29 by halftime.

Things didn't get any better for Mercer in the second half.
Turnovers then dunks by Obazuaye and Marcus Hall made it 73-33.

Colorado's reserves took over for good with 10:44 remaining
after Nick Eddy's 3-pointer gave Colorado a 52-point bulge, 98-46.