MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas State players figured it was just
a matter of time Saturday before they would go on a scoring spree
and breeze past Colorado at Bramlage Coliseum.
Unfortunately for the Wildcats, Colorado clamped down
defensively and the clock ran out before that late burst ever came,
leaving the Buffaloes with a 70-60 win.
"We felt they were a mediocre team," said Jeremiah Massey, who
had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats. "We felt like
all game we'd run over them, but they kept stopping us."
Freshman Richard Roby led the Buffaloes with 22 points,
including four in the final minute to help seal the win.
"We knew if we were close down the stretch, we could win close
ball games," Roby said.
Colorado (11-9, 3-6 Big 12) took advantage of a nearly
six-minute scoreless drought by the Wildcats to grab a 44-41 lead,
then extended it to 55-46 with just over five minutes to go.
"Like I've said before, we're just a mentality away from being
a much better basketball team," said Colorado coach Ricardo
Patton, whose team had lost six of its last eight. "It's really no
secret. Today we had the right mentality."
Colorado's zone defense bottled up the lane and forced Kansas
State to take contested shots from the perimeter. The Wildcats
finished 6-of-26 from beyond the 3-point line.
"We couldn't get anything to fall in the second half," said
Lance Harris, who led Kansas State with 18 points. "We didn't
attack their zone defense because we couldn't get any
Kansas State (13-6, 3-5) shot 25 percent from the field in the
second half and couldn't capitalize on 17 Colorado turnovers.
"Everybody had a focus about them," said Chris Copeland, who
had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Buffaloes. "That's what won
us the game today, our defense."
The Wildcats still had their share of chances late, scrapping to
within 61-56 with 2:51 remaining.
But a turnover by Schyler Thomas and four straight misses on the
offensive end quickly put Colorado back in control.
"We all know we played bad," Massey said. "Coach tried to say
it was his fault, but we all know we got beat."
At least early on, it looked as though Kansas State was ready to
run away with the game. Tyler Hughes scored nine early points to
help the Wildcats build a 17-9 lead midway through the first half,
and a Harris 3-pointer gave the Wildcats their biggest lead at
But the duo of Roby and Marcus Hall answered right back,
combining for 25 of Colorado's 34 first-half points.
Hall, who finished with 17 points and eight assists, hit a
running jump shot as time expired to knot the game at intermission,
and a 3-pointer to trigger Colorado's second-half assault.
"We lost some confidence as the game went on," Kansas State
coach Jim Wooldridge said. "Roby and Hall really carried them at
times, and Copeland made a couple of big shots. We couldn't match