After rallying late in the second half in one of their biggest non-conference matchups of the season, no. 20 University of Colorado fell to no. 7 Oklahoma State University, 78-73. With this loss, the Buffs' ten-game winning streak came to an end.
The Buffs now stand at 10-2 overall and are 0-2 on neutral courts.
Throughout Saturday's game, the Buffs struggled to keep a consistent offense. For the night, they shot 26 for 64 from the floor (40.6%), 6 for 22 from the three-point range (27.3%), and 15 for 20 from the foul line (75.0%).
Scott picked up his 5th double double of the season and the seventh of his career after adding 12 rebounds to his 20 points.
The Cowboys fared much better on the offensive end, going 25-48 from the field (52.1%), 5 for 15 from the three (33.3%), and 23 for 25 from the line (65.7%).
Four Cowboys were responsible for 72 of their 78 points, with Markel Brown leading the way with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Marcus Smart (18), Phil Forte (16), and Le'Bryan Nash (15) were right behind him to add to the score.
Saturday's game got off to a quick start for the Buffaloes as Scott got the first score of the game with a dunk in the first minute. The Cowboys responded right away with a two-point shot of their own from Brown to tie it up right away at 2-2.
Throughout the remainder of the first half, the two teams saw four more tied scores. The first came with 16:29 left on the clock at 7-7, followed by a 16-16 score eight minutes later.
After the Cowboys regained a slight lead, the Buffs got right back in it after bringing the score back to 20-20 with six minutes left. Three minutes later, Booker sunk a three-point jumper to tie it back up at 25-25.
After that, the Cowboys took over. Over the next three minutes, they outscored the ice-cold Buffaloes seven to one going into the half and led 32-26 by the time the buzzer sounded.
The Buffs struggled offensively throughout the first, only shooting 11 for 31 from the field (35.5%) and 3 for 10 from the three-point range (30.0%). They only went to the foul line once and made one of their two free throws.
The Cowboys, on the other hand, went 12 for 27 from the field (44.4%), 2 for 9 from behind the arc (22.2%), and 6 for 10 from the line (60.0%)
By the end of the first half, Booker accounted for half of Colorado's points with 13 and was responsible for all three of their three-point baskets.
Going into the second half, the Buffs tried to rally back from their six-point deficit, but only managed to cut the Cowboys' lead to two with eighteen minutes left in the game. For the next six minutes, Colorado kept the score close without being able to overcome Oklahoma State's lead.
With twelve minutes left in the game, the Cowboys started to pull away. After going down by as much as twelve points with three minutes remaining, the Buffs rallied back to cut the deficit to within four.
But it wasn't enough to overcome the seventh-ranked team in the nation. By the end of the game, the Cowboys had bested the Buffaloes 78-73.
The Buffs return to their home floor on Saturday, Dec 28 and will take on the University of Georgia at 8:00 p.m.