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DENNIS GEORGATOS | December 29, 2013 12:21 AM EST | AP

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BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Askia Booker scored 12 of his 19 points in the second half, and No. 21 Colorado finished strong to beat Georgia 84-70 on Saturday night.

Spencer Dinwiddie added 17 points for Colorado and Josh Scott had 14 points and 13 rebounds for his sixth double double this season and eighth of his career.

Colorado, which opens Pac-12 play next Thursday against Oregon State, made all 26 of its free throws, including an 8-for-8 from the line by Scott. All five starters for Colorado (11-2) scored in double figures, helping the Buffaloes remain unbeaten at home and match their best start since 1979-80, when they also began the season 11-2.

Nemanja Djurisic and Kenny Gaines had 12 points apiece for Georgia (6-5), which had its five-game winning streak snapped. Brandon Morris and Charles Mann each scored 11 points for the Bulldogs, who started the season 1-4.

Down by 11 at the break, Georgia got to 57-49 on Brandon Morris' 3-pointer with 10:17 remaining.

Colorado reasserted itself with a 7-0 burst capped by Booker's three-point play to go up 15 points with 8:33 left to play.

Georgia cut the deficit to 68-58 on a three-point play by Marcus Thornton but couldn't muster another run to offset a 7-2 spurt by the Buffaloes, highlighted by a 3-pointer by Booker as Colorado pulled out to a 15-point lead.

The Bulldogs didn't threaten the rest of the way.

In the first half, four Colorado players connected from 3-point range, including three 3s in the opening minutes by Xavier Johnson to help the Buffaloes take a 46-35 lead.

Colorado led by as many as 18 points, going in front 42-24 on a layup by Jaron Hopkins with 4:17 remaining in the half. But Georgia finished the period with an 11-4 burst, getting 3-pointers from Kenny Gaines and Charles Mann to close the gap.

Still, the first-half points total matched a season high for Colorado and equaled the most points given up in the opening period this season by Georgia.