Colorado 85

(14-16, 4-12 Big 12)

(6) Oklahoma St 87

(22-6, 11-5 Big 12)

9:20 PM ET, March 11, 2005

1 2 T
COLO 33 5285
#6OKST 39 4887

Top Performers

Colorado: J. Ashby 19 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Stl

Oklahoma St: J. Graham 24 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl

Buzzer 3-pointer bounces off

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Joey Graham scored 24 points, including two clutch free throws with 7.8 seconds left, and Oklahoma State held off Colorado 87-85 Friday night in the Big 12 quarterfinals.

John Lucas had 18 points and Ivan McFarlin added 16 points and 15 rebounds for the third-seeded Cowboys (21-7). The defending tournament champions will play second-seeded and No. 9 Kansas in Saturday's semifinal.

Colorado's Andy Osborn hit a 3-pointer with 8.4 seconds to go, cutting Oklahoma State's lead to 85-84, but Graham answered with his two free throws to make it 87-84.

The Cowboys (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP) then committed a tactical foul, with Daniel Bobik grabbing Marcus Hall before the Buffaloes could get down the floor for a 3-point attempt.

Hall hit the first free throw with 5 seconds left, and deliberately missed the second. McFarlin and Graham then drew a traveling violation when both came down with the defensive rebound with 3 seconds to go.

That gave the Buffaloes one more possession, but Hall's 3-point try bounced off at the buzzer.

Colorado (14-16), the first No. 11 seed to reach the quarterfinals in the tournament's nine-year history, struggled from the free-throw line, making just 15-of-26.

JamesOn Curry added 14 points and Bobik had 10 for Oklahoma State, which won despite hitting only one field goal after Lucas' 3-pointer with 4:50 left made it 80-71.

Richard Roby hit four 3-pointers and led Colorado with 21 points, but he wasn't available to take the last shot for the Buffaloes because he had fouled out seconds earlier.

Colorado's Julius Ashby added 19 points and Jayson Obazuaye had 18, career highs for both. Osborn hit three 3s and finished with 10 points.

The Cowboys committed six turnovers in the first six minutes, and Roby hit his first 3-point tries as Colorado raced out to a 16-6 lead. Oklahoma State settled down after that, turning the ball over only six more times in the game, but never managed to take decisive control.

An 18-4 run over 7½ minutes gave Oklahoma State the lead for good at 24-20, and they were up by as many as 11 points in the second half before Colorado started its late run.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 85 87
FG Made-Attempted 31-62 (.500) 27-62 (.435)
3P Made-Attempted 8-23 (.348) 6-15 (.400)
FT Made-Attempted 15-26 (.577) 27-31 (.871)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
Largest Lead 10 12

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