Buffs Magic Runs Out

Buffs lose their touch and go down to the talented Sooners 74-59 in Dallas. Now CU will have to wait and see if the NCAA selection committee invites CU to the big dance. The brackets come out Sunday.

AP Sports Writer

DALLAS - Oklahoma didn't give Colorado a chance for another miraculous finish in the Big 12 tournament.

Quannas White and Hollis Price both scored 19 points and the sixth-ranked Sooners beat Colorado 74-59 Friday night, leading throughout after the Buffaloes made the opening basket. Two-time defending champion Oklahoma has won seven straight Big 12 tournament games.

Even with center Jabahri Brown fouling out with 10:33 left and second-leading scorer Ebi Ere limited because of a bandage around his left hand, the Sooners (21-6) were still too much for NCAA hopeful Colorado.

The Sooners play Texas Tech (17-11) in the second semifinal game Saturday. No. 4 Kansas (25-6) plays Missouri (20-9) in the first game.

Ere, who hurt his thumb in practice Tuesday, made the his only field goal when he sank an awkward-looking 3-pointer with 13:30 left to push the Sooners ahead 50-36.

The Buffaloes (20-11) managed to cut the gap to 56-51. But Oklahoma responded with a clinching 9-0 run started by Johnnie Gilbert's alert play.

The shot clock was about to run out when Gilbert drove into traffic, made the basket and was fouled as the buzzer sounded. He missed the free throw, but that didn't matter.

After De'Angelo Alexander made two free throws, Kevin Bookout made a layup and White made a 3-pointer to make it 65-51 with 5:34 left.

Colorado had won four straight games, but that streak ended with its 15th loss in 16 games against Oklahoma.

Colorado coach Ricardo Patton is confident his team has done enough to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1997, when he took over as head coach midway through the season. The Buffs will have to wait until Sunday to find out for sure.

The Buffaloes advanced to the quarterfinals after James Wright banked a 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Kansas State 77-76 Thursday. The Wildcats seemed to have that game won when Pervis Pasco intercepted an inbound pass with 3 seconds left, but he got called for traveling when he walked off of the court in celebration - giving Colorado another chance.

Oklahoma beat the Red Raiders twice this season, including a controversial 69-64 overtime win in Norman. The Big 12 determined there were two timing errors in the final seven seconds of regulation, when Price drove the length of the court for a tying shot to force overtime.

Stephane Pelle drove for the opening basket of Friday's game for Colorado's only lead.

Oklahoma eventually built its lead to 28-16 on a 3-pointer by Price, the third straight for the Sooners.

Alexander started the long-range streak when he banked a 3-pointer, holding his hands out as he walked away as if he meant to do it that way. On the next possession, he made a 3-pointer from the right corner - hitting nothing but net.

Bookout had 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting before becoming the second Sooner to foul out with 3:10 left.

David Harrison was the only Colorado player in double figures with 12 points.