Murray State’s Isaiah Canaan came into the season with a reputation as one of the top guards in the country.
You might want to add Colorado’s Askia Booker to that list, as well.
Booker scored a career-high 23 points and Andre Roberson added 16 points and nine rebounds to lead Colorado past Murray State, 81-74. in the championship game of The Charleston Classic Sunday night at TD Arena.
Booker was named the tournament’s most valuable player and showed off his entire skill set against the Racers in the championship game.
Despite Canaan’s reputation, Booker didn’t view his match-up with the Racers guard as a personal battle.
“It’s not about me and him,” Booker said.
After a back-and-forth first half, the Buffaloes used a 10-0 run to open up a 52-45 lead with 10:06 left on Josh Scott’s layup.
The Racers (3-1) answered with a 7-0 run of their own highlighted by Dexter Fields’ 3-pointer with 8:05 left in the game to tie the game at 52-52.
Colorado (4-0) took control of the game with a 11-1 run over the next three minutes and grabbed a 63-53 lead on Booker’s 3-pointer with 5:03 left in the game.
Colorado guard Spencer Dinwiddie had 14 points and helped seal the victory, going 11 of 12 from the free throw line. Josh Scott had 13 points and six rebounds for the Buffaloes.
Canaan finished with 21 points, but missed a large chunk of the second half with foul trouble.
After scoring 15 points in the first half, it took Canaan almost 17 minutes to score his first basket in the second half.
Forward Ed Daniel added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Racers, while Dexter Fields had 18 points. Murray State guard Stacy Wilson, a native of Mullins, had an off night shooting and finished with eight points.