STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Colorado basketball coach Ricardo
Patton held a pop quiz of sorts after the Buffaloes' game Saturday
afternoon at Oklahoma State.
Patton asked the Buffs, who had just beaten Oklahoma State 80-78
in overtime, what they were doing on Jan. 12, 1980 -- the last time
Colorado won at Gallagher-Iba Arena. He already knew the answer.
"Certainly, none of them were born, and I was a senior in
college," the 47-year-old Patton said. "That was the last time
Colorado has come in here and won, so we wanted to step up to the
challenge and try to change things."
That's becoming a habit of late for Colorado (13-3, 3-2 Big 12
Conference). Since conference play began, not only have the Buffs
broken a 20-game losing streak at Oklahoma State, but on Jan. 14,
they also won at Missouri, a place they hadn't won since the
"It's definitely a statement for us," said Richard Roby, who
scored 27 points, including the decisive basket in overtime. "We
love playing on the road in hostile environments."
Roby left the game Saturday with an injured ankle with 6:33 left
in regulation, but the sophomore guard returned three minutes later
and played most of the rest of the way.
With the score tied 78-78, Roby scored on a put-back with 45.3
seconds left, following a miss by Marcus Hall.
Oklahoma State (12-6, 2-2) had two chances to tie. First, Jamaal
Brown missed a driving runner in the lane as the shot clock was
winding down, and Mario Boggan missed a follow shot before Roby
rebounded for Colorado.
Torre Johnson fouled Roby, who missed the front end of a
one-and-one free-throw opportunity with 8.5 seconds left. Oklahoma
State, out of timeouts, rushed the ball upcourt, but JamesOn Curry
was held up briefly at midcourt by two defenders.
Curry broke free from the double-team and continued dribbling,
but his pass to Terrel Harris sailed out of bounds as time expired.
"In that situation, you have to drive the ball," Oklahoma
State head coach designate Sean Sutton said. "You have to get it
in there. You have to at least get a shot. (Curry) is a great
competitor and he wanted to make a play."
Colorado led by as many as 11 points in the first half and was
up 39-30 at halftime. The Buffs took control with a 14-3 run midway
through the half, fueled by nine points by Roby.
Colorado led 45-34 with 18 minutes left but didn't score again
for almost seven minutes. In the interim, the Cowboys scored 16
straight points to go ahead 50-45, sending the 13,046 mostly
orange-clad fans into a frenzy.
"When the crowd got into it, during one of the timeouts we
emphasized to the players that no matter how loud it gets, no one
in the stands can come out and play, and they just had to play
against the five guys on the floor," Patton said. "It's a very
difficult place to play because of the crowd. Most of the time,
your kids can't hear you. It's critical that your guys communicate
on the floor."
Roby scored on a driving runner with 33.7 seconds left in
regulation to tie the game 71-71. Oklahoma State then held the ball
for the last shot. Curry missed a long 3-point attempt and
Colorado's Marcus King-Stockton blocked a follow shot by Brown out
of bounds with 2.2 seconds left.
After each team took a timeout, all the Cowboys could manage was
an off-balance 10-footer by Johnson, which missed at the buzzer.
"You could still see some of the inexperience of our team out
there," said Johnson, who led the Cowboys with 20 points and 10
rebounds. "They have a veteran team and they played like veterans.
They made big plays in the clutch and they did what they had to do.
We had too many mental errors and too many turnovers in the
Colorado's 3-point shooting proved to be the difference -- the
Buffs went 12 of 29 from behind the arc, compared to 5 of 15 for
It was the second straight down-to-the-wire finish at home for
the Cowboys, who held off Texas A&M 79-77 on Jan. 11.
Roby's point total was his third-highest of the season, and he
also had seven rebounds and six steals, all in the first half.
Marcus Hall added 16 points for the Buffs.
Boggan and Curry scored 16 points each for Oklahoma State.