Colorado 70

(11-9, 3-6 Big 12)

Kansas St 60

(13-6, 3-5 Big 12)

    1:30 PM ET, February 5, 2005

    Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, Kansas

    1 2 T
    COLO 34 3670
    KSU 34 2660

    Top Performers

    Colorado: M. Hall 17 Pts, 4 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Kansas St: J. Massey 17 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

    Colorado 70, Kansas State 60

    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 penetration."

    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 24-14.

    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 them."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 70 60
    FG Made-Attempted 23-53 (.434) 23-69 (.333)
    3P Made-Attempted 11-29 (.379) 6-26 (.231)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-19 (.684) 8-13 (.615)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 10 10

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