In the second half, the Buffs took a 22-point lead, their biggest of the game, when Jayson Obazuaye stole an inbounds pass and scored a layup midway through the period. But then Texas began chipping away at Colorado's lead. The Longhorns pounded the ball inside to Jason Klotz and Brad Buckman, who converted, or were fouled and sank free throws. Texas went on a 23-6 run and cut the score to 64-59 with just over six minutes to play.
During that span, the Buffs forgot what was working for them in the first half — the fast break. CU slowed the tempo and their shots started clanking off the rim.
When CU finally ran the floor in the second half, good things happened. At the 5:50 mark, Roby found Marcus Hall in the corner for a 3-pointer. On the next possession, Hall hit an open Andy Osborn who swished a 10-foot jumper, giving the Buffs a double-digit lead once again.
Roby made the play that put the game in the bag for the Buffs. He corralled a long rebound, drove the length of the floor and went up to pass the ball. But no one was open, so Roby flipped the ball underhanded on his way down and found nothing but net. It gave CU a 13-point advantage.
CU needed that 13-point advantage down the stretch as UT senior guard Kenny Taylor got hot and hit three treys in the final minute. The Buffs scored its final 12 points of the game from the free throw line, hitting 12-of-14 foul shots in the final 90 seconds.
The two teams turned the Coors Events Center into New Jack City Tuesday night. CU and UT jacked up 57 3-pointers between them. Colorado made 9-of-28, while Texas hit 10-of-29.
Buckman led all scorers with 27, and hauled down a game-high 21 boards. Roby led CU with 22. Andy Osborn got his first career double-double in a CU uniform (14 points, 10 boards).
Coming into the game, Texas had lost three of its last four games, including two at home. But the Longhorns have been road warriors under Rick Barnes, compiling a 34-18 record away from Austin in Big 12 play before Tuesday. Barnes is now 7-2 against the Buffs.
Colorado climbed to 12-9 overall, 4-6 in the Big 12 with the win, while Texas fell to 15-7, and 4-5.
A great team effort. I thought our guys came out with the right mindset and played extremely hard.
We took a few quick shots at certain parts of the game, then settled down and started making the extra pass.
Defensively I thought we did a pretty good job. The two post players, they buried us in the post a couple times, but that was to be expected. They're very talented.
We know Texas had another run in them, and they made that late in the game. But our guys did a nice job of making free throws down the stretch.
Q: What did you tell your guys when Texas got it down to four?
RP: I just wanted them to stay focused and continue to blow the ball up the floor. If we could get easy buckets, we wanted to continue to do so. If not, we wanted to be patient on the offensive end and protect the basketball.
Q: Was it your strategy to push the pace because Texas was kind of thin? (they only played seven players).
RP: From my point of view, their lineup didn't look too thin. At one point I thought they were running us down the floor.
Q: Do you see a maturity in your team in the last week?
RP: Yesterday we talked about handling success. I think this team has shown the ability to handle failure. We've lost games and been able to bounce back. But I was concerned with us being able to handle success after playing extremely well at Kansas State. I didn't want us to lose our focus. Today I thought we handled success a lot better.
Q: How big was the 3 Marcus Hall hit when they had pulled to within 63-59?
RP: To be honest with you, I don't even remember that shot. I could try to fake it, but I was probably looking at defense. …but since you mentioned it, it had to be huge.
On Hall's defense of UT point guard Daniel Gibson
RP: I thought Marcus Hall did a terrific job in guarding him. We really tried to get up and hedge on ball screens. It was important that we tried not to get screened. Marcus did as good a job as I've seen all season.
Points: Richard Roby 22, Marcus Hall 17
Rebounds: Andy Osborn 10
Assists: Hall 4, Copeland 4
Turnovers: Roby 3
Blocks: Julius Ashby 3, Roby 3
Steals: Ashby 2, Hall 2
Points: Brad Buckman 27, Jason Klotz 16
Rebounds: Buckman 21
Assists: Daniel Gibson 8
Turnovers: Gibson 8
Blocks: Buckman 2, Klotz 2
NOTES Richard Roby is the only player who's started every game for the Buffs this season. … Copeland fouled out of the game at the 6:43 mark, taking one of the team's best shooters off the floor. He scored 14 points. …Two of the best freshmen in the conference — Daniel Gibson and Richard Roby — didn't guard each other. But Roby outscored Gibson 22-10. …Brad Buckman had career highs in points (27) and rebounds (21). His 21 rebounds were also a Texas record in a conference game. …This is just the second game this season CU was outrebounded (48-39) and won.