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
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
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
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
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.