Iowa State Tripped Up by Colorado, 84-82

Richard Roby scored 24 points and Chris Copeland added 18 as Colorado survived a scare to beat Iowa State 84-82 Saturday night.

BOULDER, COLO. (AP) -- Richard Roby scored 24 points and Chris Copeland added 18 as Colorado survived a scare to beat Iowa State 84-82 Saturday night.

 

The Buffaloes (19-8, 9-7 Big 12 Conference), who let a 16-point halftime lead slip away, finished fifth place in the Big 12 with the win and assured themselves the No. 5 seed in next week's conference tournament. They will play Missouri in the first round.

Colorado in the first half surpassed its single-season team record of 222 3-pointers and finished with 232 for the regular season.

 

Curtis Stinson led Iowa State (16-13, 6-10) with 24 points. Will Blalock had 17 as the Cyclones lost their fifth straight road game.

Leading by 16 at the break, Colorado got two free throws from Jayson Obazuaye but then went scoreless for four and a half minutes while Rahshon Clark and Blalock were hitting a 3-pointer each as part of a 15-0 run by Iowa State.

 

Roby ended the drought before Iowa State went on a 9-0 run to take the lead, 57-53. But after Blalock's basket made it 61-59, Roby's three-point play capped a 12-2 run for the Buffaloes that put them up 71-63.

 

The Cyclones got as close as 83-82 on Cook's 3-pointer with under five seconds left but couldn't get any shots to fall at the end.

 

Colorado took a 46-30 lead into intermission. The Buffaloes overcame a 10-0 run by the Cyclones over the final 6:58 of the half.

 

The Cyclones won the previous meeting, 96-79, on Feb. 5 in Iowa.


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