- Associated Press - Sunday, November 27, 2016

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Colorado fifth-year senior Xavier Johnson looks like he’s rounded back into form for the Buffaloes.

Johnson scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Wesley Gordon had 10 points and nine boards, leading Colorado to a 75-60 win over Wofford on Sunday.

Johnson’s double-double was his first since February 15, 2015 when he had 10 points and 13 rebounds in a win over Stanford. He missed last season after tearing his Achilles tendon during offseason workouts.

“I really like the way he’s helping lead this team,” Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. “One thing we know Xavier does, for the most part, night in and night out, is he competes. I thought his competitiveness rubbed off on the other guys.”

George King scored all 10 of his points in the second half for the Buffaloes (5-1), who overcame a lackluster start to win their 12th straight at home. The junior didn’t attempt a shot in the first half.

King, though, hit all four shots from the field in the second and helped Colorado push its lead to 11. Johnson, whose teammates simply call ‘X’, had a quick seven points as part of a 12-6 burst to extend the lead to 69-55 with 2:30 remaining.

Johnson finished 9 of 14 from the field and had three of his team’s six offensive boards.

“I think we’re all capable of scoring,” Johnson said. “I think we can all dominate. It’s just a matter of who wants to dominate. . I just want to win, so it’s whatever I have to do. Period.”

Fletcher Magee led Wofford (1-5) with 15 points, while Cameron Jackson and Ryan Sawvell each had 10. The Terriers have lost four straight.

Early on, Wofford looked like the more energized team and trailed by just one point at the half. The Terriers were shooting 50 percent from the field.

But Colorado took over in the second, holding Wofford to 37 percent shooting after the break and finished with a 32-25 edge on the boards.

“We played well but as so often times happens, bigger, stronger, faster athletes got the best of us in the second half,” Terriers coach Mike Young said. “I look forward to watching (the Buffs) on TV. I don’t look forward to playing them again, I can tell you that.”

BIG PICTURE

Wofford: Turnovers continue to be a problem for the Terriers, who had 13 on Sunday and 85 in their first six games of the season.

Colorado: The Buffaloes struggled early for second time in six days after giving up 50 by halftime against Notre Dame on Monday in the semifinals of the Legends Classic. They responded and won their 14th straight game at home over a non-conference opponent.

OLD FOES

Derrick White and Eric Garcia both went to high school around Denver and rekindled their rivalry on the court Sunday.

Garcia stole the ball from White and fed Jackson for an easy dunk early in the first half. White blew past Garcia for a layup and dunk on two of Colorado’s next three possessions.

“I was giving him a hard time for missing some free throws because I know how good a shooter he is,” Garcia said of White, who went 4 of 8 from the line. “It’s just good friendly competition.”

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Look for the Buffs to stay just outside the Top 25 with a loss to the Fighting Irish and a win over No. 22 Texas at the Legends Classic. They received four votes in Week 3.

UP NEXT

Colorado hosts in-state rival Colorado State on Wednesday. The Buffs have won three of the past four meetings.

Wofford hosts Mars Hill on Tuesday.

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