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Buffaloes run over Orediggers in first exhibition match of the season

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Since the start of the pandemic last spring, it has been nearly impossible for fans to step into the CU Events Center to watch the Buffaloes Men’s Basketball Team. Wednesday night, they were finally able to do so to watch the Buffs defeat Colorado School of Mines in an exhibition match leading up to the season.

Besides the older members of the group, like seniors Eli Parquet and Evan Battey, the majority of the team has yet to play in front of a full college crowd. Wednesday night gave them a sneak peak at what’s to come.

School of Mines, ranked No. 5 in the NABC Division II Preseason Coaches Poll, was led by Ben Boone’s 11 points. Kobi Betts had 10 points and five rebounds.

The announced crowd of 2,406 was much smaller than the Buffaloes will see for regular season game but was a refreshing change from the limited home games with sparse crowds during the COVID-shortened season in 2020.

The 78-48 victory gave newcomers some opportunity to fill in spots on the floor. Freshman center Lawson Loverling had 10 points on the night, and freshman guard KJ Simpson had 12, including a three-pointer.

After losing valuable experienced players from last season, head coach Tad Boyle brought in a strong group of freshman to complete his team.

As the Buffs head to Nebraska this weekend to take on the Cornhuskers, fans are preparing to start off an exciting season with a new crew in less than two weeks.