Tristan da Silva scored 21 points, J’Vonne Hadley chipped in with 17 points and Colorado beat Grambling 95-63 in Boulder, Colo., on Friday night.
Julian Hammond III had 14 points, KJ Simpson had 12 points and Luke O’Brien and Eddie Lampkin scored 10 points each for the Buffaloes (2-0).
Tra’Michael Moton scored 26 points and Terrence Lewis added 13 points for the Tigers (1-1).
In its opener, Colorado led Towson by just four at halftime, but the Buffaloes took control of the Grambling game early.
The Buffaloes scored the first six points and led 12-2 after consecutive 3-pointers by Hammond. Grambling turned the ball over for the second straight possession and da Silva gave Colorado a 12-point lead.
The Tigers finally found some offense with a 3-pointer from Lewis, who then hit two free throws to cut the deficit to 16-7 with 12:02 left in the first half.
Hadley converted a three-point play, Grambling turned it over again and O’Brien made a 3-pointer to give the Buffaloes a 22-7 lead. Hammond made a 3-pointer and Hadley converted another three-point play to put Colorado in front 30-10.
Moton made a layup and a 3-pointer and a steal and layup by Jourdan Smith capped a 7-2 run by the Tigers that cut into the Buffaloes’ lead to 15 with 6:31 remaining, but Colorado finished the half strong.
Hadley made two layups, the second off of another turnover, Simpson had a fastbreak layup and dunk and da Silva drained a shot from deep to make it 43-19 with 3:20 left.
The teams traded turnovers and missed 3-pointers, Hadley had a dunk and da Silva scored the last five Colorado points of the half to give them a 50-20 lead.
Colorado opened the second half with a da Silva 3-pointer and a free throw by Hadley, but Grambling scored the next four points.
The Tigers got as close as 26 on a 3-pointer by Moton but never threatened in the second half.
–Field Level Media
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