KJ Simpson scores 23 points as No. 25 Colorado cruises to 106-79 win over Milwaukee

Wed, Nov 15, 2023

KJ Simpson scores 23 points as No. 25 Colorado cruises to 106-79 win over Milwaukee

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - KJ Simpson scored 23 points, Eddie Lampkin Jr. had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 25 Colorado rode a torrid long-range shooting performance to a 106-79 rout of Milwaukee on Tuesday night in the opening-round campus game of the Sunshine Slam Tournament.

The Buffaloes (3-0) were 13 of 20 from behind the 3-point line and led by as many as 38 points.

Tristan da Silva and freshman Cody Williams each added 17 points for a Colorado team that returned to the AP Top 25 this week for the first time since 2021.

Zach Howell led the Panthers (1-2) with 15 points. BJ Freeman, who had 33 points in a loss at Providence last weekend, was held to nine.

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The Buffaloes finished with 25 assists and held a 20-12 advantage in fast-break points.

Even in blowouts, though, there are teachable moments. Colorado coach Tad Boyle was none too pleased with his players' rebounding effort after they failed to block out on a free throw attempt late in the game. His shouts could be heard around the arena.

Milwaukee coach Bart Lundy called an early timeout to settle his team after a rocky start. When that didn't work, he pulled his starters 3:39 into the game following a dunk by Williams.

The Buffaloes and Panthers will both travel to Dayton Beach, Florida, for more Sunshine Slam action next week. The Buffaloes face Richmond on Monday, with either Florida State or UNLV to follow. The Panthers play Stetson on Monday, and then either Siena or Central Michigan.


Milwaukee: The Panthers dropped to 0-12 against ranked opponents since beating No. 21 Butler on February 18, 2009, according to the team.

Colorado: The Buffaloes are now 92-8 in nonconference home games under Boyle.


The Buffs have both basketball teams ranked in the AP polls, with the women's team at No. 5. It's the first time both have been ranked at the same time since Jan. 13, 2014.


Milwaukee assistant coach Jose Winston played for Colorado from 1998-2001. He set the program's single-game and season assist marks in 2000-01.

Winston went back to Wisconsin for his senior season and led Milwaukee to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2003. He was a longtime high school coach before joining Lundy last season.


Milwaukee: Hosts Luther College on Friday.

Colorado: Faces Richmond in Florida on Monday.


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