BOULDER, Colo.—The Colorado Buffaloes countered Stanford's substantial height advantage with acceleration, altitude and attitude.

Leading the way was Andre Roberson, who scored 12 points, blocked three shots, collected three steals and tied his career high with 20 rebounds as Colorado routed Stanford 75-54 Thursday night for its first win over the Cardinal in 22 years.

Looking over the stat sheet, he was most happy about ...

"The win," Roberson said with a you'd-better-believe-it stare. "I don't really look at numbers after the game."

Others couldn't help themselves.

"Twenty rebounds, that's ridiculous," teammate Askia Booker said.

"He imposed his will on the offensive and defensive glass," Cardinal guard Chasson Randle said.

"Oh, I thought Andre was a beast," Colorado coach Tad Boyle gushed. "The guy gets everything. He's incredible. He was dialed in."

Added Cardinal coach Johnny Dawkins: "I thought he was outstanding tonight, especially on the boards—20 rebounds, what can you say? When a man gets 20 rebounds in a 40-minute game, that takes effort and a lot of energy and that says a lot about that kid."

Colorado (13-6, 3-4 Pac-12) hadn't beaten the Cardinal (11-8, 2-4) since Dec. 23, 1990, in Boulder, losing five straight in the series.

The Buffaloes outrebounded their much taller opponents by 18, outshot them by 21 percent, outmuscled them by 24 points in the paint, and outhustled them 13-5 on second chances and 8-0 on the fast break.

"That's one of the things we haven't been doing well at home. We've been running it on misses but tonight we wanted to run it on makes," Boyle said. "Even when they scored, we wanted to get it out quick and sprint the ball up the floor, try to jam it down their throat, get it inside and keep them on the defensive, literally, all night long.

"Because, again, they're not as deep as they were last year and playing at altitude, I thought midway through the second half they got some good looks but they missed shots because they were tired. But that was by design."

Booker led five starters in double figures with 13 points, including eight straight late in the second half after the Cardinal had trimmed an 18-point deficit to eight.

Roberson, who also had 20 boards against Fresno State last month, set the tone from the start, snaring ball after ball. He nearly had his eighth double-double of the season by halftime as the Buffs took a 44-29 lead into the locker room.

"I definitely felt like we had a lot to prove. Last year, they gave us the business—there and here," Roberson said. "And we came out tonight and put it on them."

Stanford swept the Buffs last year, winning by 24 and 20 points, but Boyle was hoping big men Josh Scott and Xavier Johnson would match up better with the Cardinal's size this time and that the Buffaloes would defend the perimeter better.

They did both.

Last year, guards Randle and Aaron Bright combined to average 31 points against the Buffs and sink a dozen 3s. This time, they had 22—15 by Randle—and combined for five 3-pointers, but together they were just 7 for 29 from the field.

It didn't help that the Cardinal's leading rebounder and third-leading scorer, Josh Huestis, was plagued by foul trouble and was held to six points and six boards in 19 minutes.

"Today, we missed Josh," Dawkins said. "He's a great rebounder for us, a great defender. Unfortunately, he got in foul trouble. This game is a beautiful game, you have to be able to play without fouling. Pick up one, you've got to know how to play without picking up another or else it puts you in foul trouble and you have to sit."

Scott scored 12 points and Johnson had 11 that included a trio of rim-rattling, arena-rocking jams in the first half, the last one a putback dunk at the halftime buzzer.

"I feel like he's the X-factor," said Roberson, inadvertently bestowing a nice-fitting nickname on the 6-foot-6, 220-pound freshman from Los Angeles. "He came out today and gave us a lot of energy, especially the dunks. He had some pretty nice dunks. And he ramped it up on defense."

The Buffs also found their touch from long range.

They had made just 13 3-pointers in the five games since their loss at Arizona when Sabatino Chen's 3-pointer at the buzzer was disallowed even though TV replays showed he got the shot off in time in a game the Buffs went on to lose in overtime. 

They had three in the first half on this night, when they scored on their first nine possessions and didn't turn the ball over until Chen's charge with 3:26 left in the half.

Roberson stole the ball from Dwight Powell and fed Johnson for his fourth jam, this one giving the Buffs a 54-36 lead.

Powell's two buckets sparked a 10-0 run that cut the Cardinal's deficit below double digits before Booker returned from a breather and restored Colorado's big cushion.

"I was in foul trouble early in the second half and coach told me when I got back in the game to make something happen," Booker said.

Stanford was spent, and with the crowd of 11,212, the fourth-largest in the history of the Coors Events Center, showing its appreciation by rocking the house, this one was over.

"I thought they played with terrific energy, they moved well, they defended well," Dawkins said. "I thought a tone was set in the beginning. Our response was in the second half, I thought we made a run, but we couldn't sustain it. They had built a lot of momentum and it was tough."

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