Carlon Brown scored a season-high 28 points and the Buffaloes stayed perfect in the Pac-12 with a 71-60 win over Washington State on Saturday.

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BOULDER, Colo. — Colorado is trying to prove its critics wrong.

Carlon Brown scored a season-high 28 points and the Buffaloes stayed perfect in the Pac-12 with a 71-60 win over Washington State on Saturday.

“The media picked us 11th (in the preseason poll); that’s a slap in the face,” said senior Nate Tomlinson, who had 11 points. “We took it personal. We feel we belong in this league.”

Austin Dufault scored 17 for Colorado (11-4, 3-0), which won its sixth straight and capped a monthlong, eight-game homestand. The Buffaloes are the only undefeated team in the conference after the first two weekends of the Pac-12 season.

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Colorado also started 3-0 in its final season of the Big 12 Conference only to lose its next four and finish 8-8.

“The schedule has favored us but we’ve done what we’ve had to do,” Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. “Now the difference between being good and great is winning on the road.”

Colorado has won all three Pac-12 games by double digits. The three seniors — Brown, Tomlinson and Dufault — combined for 56 points.

Brown, who hit a career-high six three-pointers, scored 18 points in the second half as Colorado increased its lead to 45-27 with 15:47 left.

“He (Brown) stepped up for his team,” said Reggie Moore, who led Washington State (9-7, 1-3) with 14 points. Faisal Aden had 12.

“We focused on (Spencer) Dinwiddie and (Andre) Roberson and he stepped up,” Moore added. “That’s what players are supposed to do.”