Buffs Keep Big Dance Hopes Alive

Buff's Blair Wilson sets a career high for points and the Buffs defense dominated as Colorado kept their hopes for a NCAA tournament birth alive by beating Missouri 89-68. The win at home ties a school record set back in 1979-80.

By JOHN MARSHALL BOULDER(AP)Blair Wilson hit six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 26 points as Colorado beat Missouri 89-68 Saturday night to add to its list of impressive home victories.

Colorado (16-9, 6-6 Big 12) has won 10 straight at home, tying a school record set in 1979-80, and four of six overall.

The Buffaloes also ended an eight-game losing streak against Missouri (16-7, 7-5), adding the Tigers to an impressive run at home that includes victories over Texas and Kansas.

Stephane Pelle had 18 points and 18 rebounds, David Harrison added 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Michel Morandais chipped-in 17 points and 10 assists as Colorado placed three players with double-doubles. CU improved its home record to 12-1 overall and 6-0 in the conference.

Rickey Paulding had 22 points and Arthur Anderson 17 to lead Missouri, which lost for the third time in eight games.

Missouri trailed 47-35 early in the second half, but went on a 13-3 run to cut the lead to 50-48, capped by Anderson's jumphook in the lane with 13:34 left.

The Tigers stayed within four midway through, but Colorado went on a 13-4 run and pushed the lead to 71-58 on two free throws by Morandais (six rebounds) with 5:43 left.

Paulding followed with a hanging three-point play, but Wilson answered with a 3-pointer from the wing to give the Buffaloes a lead that would stay in double digits.

Wilson was 6-for-10 from long range and had four steals.

Harrison struggled in the first half but came alive to start the second.

He opened 0-for-5, including a tough shot in traffic to open the second half, but got himself going with a running scoop shot a minute later.

Harrison followed with a three-point play off an offensive rebound, then scored on a tough turnaround in the lane that put the Buffaloes up 56-49 with 13 minutes left. He capped the win with a thunderous two-handed dunk with 41 seconds left that left the rim shaking for nearly a minute.

Harrison also blocked two shots to set a school record with 75 this season.

Missouri's efforts to stop Harrison in the first half worked - he was 0-for-4 with one point - but it left others open.

Wilson took advantage from the outside, hitting 3-of-5 from 3-point range for 15 points in the first half. Pelle worked the opposite of the paint from Harrison for 10 points and 14 rebounds - five offensive.

Neither team led by more than four points until Colorado went on a 10-3 run, capped by Morandais' two free throws with 4:00 left.

Missouri made six of its first nine shots, but had just one field goal - a power move by Johnson - in a span of six minutes as Colorado built a 40-30 halftime lead.

Poncho Hodges held the previous Colorado record for blocked shots in a season with 73 in 1991-92.


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