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Buffaloes stun Kansas at the buzzer

BOULDER, Colo. — Long after the kids from Kansas have started raking in their NBA bucks, Askia Booker of Colorado will still be talking about the day he struck it big — the day he made the shot at the buzzer to beat the Jayhawks.

Booker grabbed an inbounds pass, dribbled twice, took two long steps then launched the 3-pointer that gave Colorado a 75-72 victory Saturday and left him gasping for air under a pile of court-storming Buffaloes fans.

It was Colorado's first win over No. 6 Kansas (6-2) in 20 tries, a stretch dating to 2003.

"Unless I'm in the NBA championship, that's the only thing that could top that," Booker said.

Odds are, he won't be. Many Kansas players could. There are, by most estimations, at least two lottery picks and two more first-round prospects on Bill Self's typically stacked roster.

That talent gap showed while Colorado was squandering a six-point lead over the final 1:44, a comeback capped when Perry Ellis hit a shot to tie it at 72 with four seconds left.

But after a timeout, Buffs forward Xavier Johnson squeezed an inbounds pass from the corner of the backcourt to Booker, who dribbled just past the back foot of the massive Buffs logo at center court and launched the shot from 30 feet.

Nothing but net.

"I'm not sure I ever thought that would happen," Booker said.

The fans exploded onto the court and gang-tackled Booker, a junior who is trying to lead the Buffs to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time in history.

NO. 2 ARIZONA 63, UNLV 58: T.J. McConnell had 13 points, six assists and seven rebounds and made several critical plays down the stretch for the host Wildcats (9-0), who are in position move to No. 1 in the AP poll.

NO. 4 SYRACUSE 93, BINGHAMTON 65: Trevor Cooney and C.J. Fair scored 17 each for the Orange (9-0), which won its 48th straight nonconference home game.

NO. 5 OHIO ST. 74, CCSU 56: LaQuinton Ross scored four of his career-high 23 in a 10-0 second-half run that helped the host Buckeyes (8-0) pull away.

NO. 7 LOUISVILLE 113, LA.-LAFAYETTE 74: Montrezl Harrell had 20 points for the host Cardinals (8-1), who shot 38-of-62 from the field (61 percent) and scored a season high.

NO. 8 WIS. 70, MARQUETTE 64: Sam Dekker had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the host Badgers (10-0), who withstood a late rally and snapped a two-game skid in the intrastate rivalry.

NO. 11 WICHITA ST. 71, ORAL ROBERTS 58: Cleanthony Early scored 16 and the host Shockers (9-0) rallied again. Wichita State has trailed or been tied at halftime six times in seven games.

NO. 14 VILLANOVA 98, ST. JOSEPH'S 68: James Bell had 25 points and 14 rebounds and JayVaughn Pinkston scored 27 as the visiting Wildcats (9-0) won their second game since joining the AP poll.

NO. 16 MEMPHIS 96, N'WESTERN ST. 76: Shaq Goodwin scored a career-high 21 for the host Tigers (6-1), who shot 54 percent from the floor.

NO. 17 IOWA ST. 91, N. IOWA 82, OT: Melvin Eim scored 20 of his 22 in the second half and overtime, and the visiting Cyclones (7-0) rallied from 18 points down for their best start in 10 years.

MISSOURI 80, NO. 18 UCLA 71: Earnest Ross scored 20 and made 5 of 11 3-pointers as the host Tigers upset the Bruins (8-1), who lost in their first true road game this season.

NO. 21 UMASS 105, BYU 96: Chaz Williams had career highs of 32 points and 15 assists for the Minutemen (8-0) in the third annual Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase in Springfield, Mass.

NO. 22 MICHIGAN 107, HOUSTON BAPTIST 53: Nik Stauskas scored 17 of his 25 in the first half, and the host Wolverines (6-3) scored their most points since 1998.

NO. 23 IOWA 83, DRAKE 66: Melsahn Basabe had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Hawkeyes (9-1) in the Big 4 Classic in Des Moines, Iowa.

ILLINOIS ST. 81, NO. 25 DAYTON 75: Daishon Knight had 20 points and six rebounds for the host Redbirds, who hit 21 free throws to 12 for the Flyers (7-2).

UCF 77, STETSON 58: Tristan Spurlock had 21 points as the Knights (4-3) snapped a two-game skid in their first home game since Nov. 17.

NORFOLK ST. 59, B-CU 45: Riley Maye had 15 points as the host Spartans pulled away in the second half to defeat the Wildcats (2-9, 0-1 MEAC).

HAMPTON 72, FAMU 62: Deron Powers scored 22 to lead the host Pirates past the Rattlers (2-7, 0-2 MEAC).

TAMPA 73, BARRY 71: With leading scorer Da'Markco Foster sidelined, the visiting Spartans (5-2) fell in their Sunshine State Conference opener.

P.B. ATLANTIC 73, ECKERD 68: Evin Graham had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the host Sailfish, who held off a furious second-half rally by the Tritons (4-3).

SAINT LEO 96, ALBANY ST. (GA.) 62: Chim Kadima had 19 points in 18 minutes to lead four players in double figures for the host Lions (9-2), who set a season high for points.

LATE FRIDAY: Kenny Chery, a junior college transfer who is No. 20 Baylor's primary newcomer, scored six of his 18 in a go-ahead second-half run to lead the Bears (8-1) to a 67-62 victory over No. 3 Kentucky in Arlington, Texas. The Wildcats (7-2) went up 50-41 when freshman Julius Randle dunked with 13 minutes left. Baylor responded with a 15-5 run led by Chery.

Buffaloes stun Kansas at the buzzer 12/07/13 [Last modified: Saturday, December 7, 2013 11:20pm]
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