Buffs let another slip away

Colorado was up three points with 4.1 seconds left in the game, B.J. Holmes got free off a screen and knocked down a 27-foot three pointer to send the game into overtime. Texas A&M started overtime with a 6-0 run that spurred the Aggies to a 73-70 win in Boulder.

"I felt like we lost this game," coach Tad Boyle, "and that's a bad feeling."

Colorado led all but 1 minute during regulation. After leading by two at half, Colorado was able to build its lead up to seven with 11:17 left in the game.The Aggies answered with a 10-2 run in under two minutes to take their first lead since 7-5 just a couple minutes into the game.

Colorado responded with a seven-point possession thanks to a foul on Kris Middleton and a technical foul on Kourtney Roberson. Alec Burks hit his free throws, Cory Higgins hit his free throws and Higgins hit a three.

Colorado only scored two points in the final 3:33 of the game, allowing the Aggies to overcome a four point deficit.

Those two points came off Burks' free throws with only 10 seconds left. Holmes' three came after coach Mark Turgeon called a timeout to set up his senior guard.

The A&M defense held the Buffs scoreless for the first 2:35 of overtime. Threes by Austin Dufault and Marcus Relphorde cut the Aggie lead to 2 with 13 seconds left.

After Holmes went 1 for 2 from the line, Colorado ran a play to free up Levi Knutson. Knutson got a decent look at the basket, but the ball slipped out of his hand as he shot.

Colorado has lost six out of its last seven games and dropped to ninth in the Big 12. With a win, the Buffs would have moved into fourth place all by themselves, now where Texas A&M stands.

Burks led the Buffs with 24 points on 7-15 shooting from the field. Higgins was the only other Buff to score in double figures with 19 points. Burks, Higgins and Relphorde grabbed five rebounds each to lead the Buffs.

The inside presence of the Aggies was too much for Colorado as they were outrebounded by 11, allowing 15 on the offensive end. Freshman Andre Roberson had a bad night only grabbing one rebound in 24 minutes.

"Freshman are going to be up and down," Boyle said, "I've got full faith and confidence in Andre Roberson. Tonight just wasn't his night."

The Aggies were led by Nathan Walkup, he had 18 points and eight rebounds.

"Nathan Walkup got every big rebound when a rebounded needed to be had," Boyle said about his effort.

David Loubeau came off the bench and played a major role in the Aggies' victory tonight. Loubeau had 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Starting point guard Nate Tomlinson missed tonight's game with an ankle injury he suffered Saturday in Columbia.

"We missed Nate offensively, there's no doubt," said Boyle.

The Buffs have to get forget about this win and get prepared for Saturday, "We have Kansas State on Saturday, so we've got to move forward," Knutson said.

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