BOULDER, Colo. – To have any chance for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, Oklahoma (24-4, 13-3) needed to avoid falling victim to the upset-minded Colorado (14-13, 5-11) Buffaloes. Although not one of their most impressive performances, the Sooners were able to survive a late scare by the Buffs and escape Boulder with an 82-71 win.
Colorado was ready to play from the opening tip, scoring the first two baskets and taking a quick 5-0 lead.
Oklahoma's Jabahri Brown answered with two mid-range jumpers to bring the game to 8-4. Colorado would not back down, and pushed their advantage to seven with a 13-6 lead at the 12:30 mark.
After withstanding the initial offensive slump, the Sooners were able to muster a small run to cut the Colorado lead to two.
Moments later, Jabahri Brown collected a loose ball and made a nice pass to the streaking Hollis Price to tie the game at 22.
The Sooners did not take their first lead until Oklahoma junior Jozsef Szendrei converted a lay-up with just over six minutes remaining – the score gave Oklahoma a 24-23 lead.
Despite being out-shot in the first half, the Sooners held a 40-31 halftime advantage.
Oklahoma wasted little time in the second half and took a 14-point lead (53-39) capped by a Hollis Price three-pointer with just under five minutes expired.
The Buffaloes did not fold, and went on a 14-4 run to bring the deficit back down to 61-56 with 10:18 remaining in the game.
Hollis Price had all of the answers down the stretch as the Sooners went on a 10-2 scoring spree to put the game out of reach. Price finished the game with 23 points and five steals.
Colorado's James Wright had 16 points in the loss.
The game marked Oklahoma's fifth straight and 13th overall win in the conference – a school record for Big 12 victories.
The contest was the last regular season game for the Sooners, who will receive a No. 2 seed in next weekends Big 12 tournament in Kansas City. Oklahoma will play their first round game Friday at 6 p.m. against the winner of the No. 7 and 10-seed matchup.
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