With the win, KU’s first true road win of the 2008-09 season, the Jayhawks improved to 13-4 on the season and 2-0 in Big 12 Conference play for third straight season. Colorado evened its record to 8-8 with the loss, including a 0-2 Big 12 mark.
Sophomore center Cole Aldrich joined Collins in double figures adding
15 points along with 10 rebounds for his 10th double-double this year
and fourth in the last five games.
Freshman guard Tyshawn Taylor contributed 14 points in the win, while
sophomore Tyrel Reed and freshman Marcus Morris added 11 and 10,
Ahead 15-12 with just under 12 minutes left in the first half, Kansas
hit just one of its next five shots while Colorado closed the gap
eventually tying the game 17-17 at 9:13 and then taking over the lead a
minute and a half later.
Collins sank a pair of free throws with 5:31 remaining to knot the
score at 23. On Colorado’s next possession, Marcus Morris got
a hand in the passing lane and broke free down the court for a
breakaway layup. CU then committed an offensive foul on its next trip
down sending Aldrich to the charity stripe where the sophomore sank
both attempts to give KU a four-point edge at 27-23.
Collins would add two three-pointers and a free throw for the Jayhawks
in the final four minutes of the half as KU took a 34-27 lead heading
into the break.
Kansas turned 12 CU miscues into 17 points during the opening half and
finished with 25 points from 18 Buffalo turnovers during the game.
The Buffs were able to stay within three possessions of the Jayhawks
for much of the first part of the second half until KU began to pull
away around the 10 minute mark scoring six quick points in less than a
minute from two Reed three-pointers and a Marcus Morris basket in the
Reed scored all 11 of his points in the final 11 minutes of the contest
and hit 3-of-5 from the three-point line.
KU sank 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) from behind the three-point arc in the
last 20 minutes and hit 69.6 percent from the field to help hold on to
its lead over CU. The Jayhawks finished the game shooting a season-best
61.4 percent (27-of-44) from the field and 52.9 percent from the
Kansas will play its first of four ESPN Big Monday appearances when it
hosts Texas A&M on Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. (Central).
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