Chen got one of the loudest ovations from the sellout crowd at the Coors Events Center — an audience that included John Elway at courtside — when he entered early in the first half.
This was the second straight big night on the hardwood by a Colorado school, which has suddenly become a hoops hotbed with the Buffaloes, Colorado State, Air Force and Metro State in Denver all playing well. No. 24 Colorado State celebrated its first ranking in nearly six decades with a thrilling 66-60 win over San Diego State on Wednesday night.
This sellout crowd of 11,120 made the Coors Events Center every bit as rocking as Moby Arena was 24 hours earlier.
Miller said "it would have been hard" for any opponent to have won in Boulder on this night.
"I think some of the best teams in the country would have had to come in here and play a great game," he said. "This was an electric atmosphere and playing against a team that played really hard and they were ready and they played really well on offense. I thought Xavier Johnson was great; he probably doesn't get enough national recognition. I'm not so sure he's not the best freshman in our conference. If he's not, he should be certainly put up there with the three or four others that everybody acknowledges."
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