BOULDER, Colo. -- Alec Burks scored 20 points to lead Colorado to an 88-80 win over Idaho State in Tad Boyle's debut as the Buffaloes' coach on Friday night.
Broderick Gilchrest scored a career-high 39 points for the Bengals, keeping his team close for most of the game.
Gilchrest had 20 points at halftime and reached 30 early in the second period but was silent for a long stretch, allowing the Buffaloes to take control.
Colorado shot 48 percent in the second half and sank 17 of 18 free throws.
Colorado's Andre Roberson pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.
Boyle replaced Jeff Bzdelik, who left Colorado to become the coach at Wake Forest.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.