There wasn't much question as to whether Colorado would beat Pomona-Pitzer in an exhibition game Saturday, and it did, 87-56. But there was some question as to who, exactly, would be in the starting five to make that happen.
Coach Tad Boyle started Tyler Bey, D'Shawn Schwartz, Evan Battey, Eli Parquet and McKinley Wright. That wasn't a surprise, really, but it meant juco transfer Maddox Daniels came off the bench.
Schwartz led the team with 15 points and a big first-half dunk that helped the Buffaloes to 52 first-half points against a Pomona-Pitzer team that was horrible overmatched.
The second half was a much closer affair but, of course, the damage had all been done.
Although he didn't start, Daniels played 21 minutes off the bench, scoring nine points on 2-for-5 shooting, all 3-pointers. He also had two assists and three rebounds. That gave him a better performance than Parquet, who played 20 minutes in a starting role, going 0-for-3 from the field.
Clearly, there's a battle for the fifth spot in the starting lineup going on. Nobody on CU's bench played more minutes than Daniels, but Daylen Kountz had nine points and three rebounds in 18 minutes and Shane Gatling had seven points and three rebounds in 19 minutes.
Overall, Colorado didn't shoot it well, going 7-for-21 from the 3-point line and shooting 47 percent from the field.
That will be trouble as the season moves forward, but on Saturday it was no big deal, because Pomona-Pitzer went 4-for-28 from the 3-point line.