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2012 Charleston Classic: Colorado wins title with 81-74 win over Murray State

The Colorado Buffaloes beat Murray State on Sunday, two days after upsetting Baylor, to win the 2012 Charleston Classic.

Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE

Powered by Askia Booker's 23 points, the Colorado Buffaloes beat the Murray State Racers on Sunday night, 81-74, to win the 2012 Charleston Classic.

Colorado pulled away in the second half after leading Murray State at halftime, 33-31, going on an 11-3 run midway through the final frame after the Racers had tied the game at 52. Murray State came close to getting back into the game in the final minutes, coming as close as 68-65 following Dexter Fields' three-pointer with 1:56 remaining in regulation.

The Buffaloes then took over the game with free throws, however, going 9-for-9 at the line to keep Murray State outside of striking distance in the final minute.

Booker was named the tournament's MVP with 58 points in three games, including four steals, two rebounds and two assists against Murray State. Forward Andre Robinson added 16 points and nine rebounds for Colorado, with Spencer Dinwiddie 11-of-12 from the line in the game.

Colorado, now 4-0 on the young season, will face Air Force at 6 p.m. MT on Nov. 25.