BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Kansas State appeared poised to end its
road woes until Colorado's Jayson Obazuaye intervened.
Obazuaye hit a driving layup with 3.6 seconds left, lifting
Colorado to an 82-81 victory on Saturday.
Colorado was trailing 81-80 when Obazuaye took an inbounds pass
and dribbled downcourt, putting up the clincher. He was fouled and
missed the free throw, but Kansas State's Tim Ellis missed a
desperation shot at the buzzer.
"I have a knack of going to the basket and throwing up shots
that go in," Obazuaye said. "Coach gets upset when they don't go
in. But when they do, everyone is happy. I guess today everyone is
"They were denying Blair (Wilson) on the right side. I saw the
guy kind of sag off me. I just tried to take a chance and took it
to the basket strong."
It was the only basket of the game for Obazuaye, Colorado's
starting point guard.
"It's the first game-winning shot of my career," he said. "It
was my only bucket of the game, but it was the game-winner."
Wilson scored 26 points, including 7-of-10 from 3-point range,
for Colorado (13-7, 5-4 Big 12). David Harrison added 19 points and
Michel Morandais 18 for the Buffaloes, who squandered an 11-point
lead with 3:49 remaining.
Ellis scored 25 points and Jeremiah Massey had 21 points and 12
rebounds for Kansas State (10-9, 2-6), which lost its 15th straight
road game and 20th straight conference road game. The Wildcats
haven't won a road game in the conference since beating Colorado on
March 3, 2001.
The Wildcats almost pulled it off this time.
Colorado used an 18-8 run early in the second half to open up a
56-48 lead with 12:15 remaining. Wilson had 11 points, including
three straight 3-pointers, during the surge.
Wilson's 3-pointer with 9:02 left gave Colorado a 67-56 lead.
Five straight points by Massey helped Kansas State trim the
deficit to five points, but Colorado pushed it back to 11 on
Harrison's tip-in with 3:49 to go for a 78-67 lead.
Morandais made two free throws with 22 seconds left, but Kansas
State's Jarrett Hart hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left.
Kansas State stole the ball after the inbounds pass and Frank
Richards was fouled, making both free throws for an 81-80 lead with
10 seconds to go.
After Richards' free throws, Colorado coach Ricardo Patton said
he didn't want to call a timeout "because Kansas State didn't have
any timeouts and I didn't want to give them a chance to set up
Patton said Obazuaye's shot "went in by the grace of God. I
feel very fortunate to win this game. I don't know that I believe
the best team won that game. Sometimes we make life harder than it
has to be."
Wilson said Obazuaye "flips up shots like that all the time.
They do seem to go in."
Kansas State coach Jim Wooldridge said Obazuaye's game-winner
"was a tough shot. We had two players contend the shot. They all
went in to stop it. But we were not able to get it done.
"I thought we played really well. We could not get Wilson
stopped and we could not get Harrison stopped, either. But I
thought we stood in there. It's really frustrating. Your record
looks different if you win this one, and so does your season."
Colorado was without Harrison, its 7-foot center, for the last
four minutes of the first half and six minutes of the second half
because of foul trouble.
Morandais scored 12 points in the first half and Harrison added
10 to spark Colorado to a 35-33 lead at intermission. Each team
shot 47 percent in the half.
Kansas State had a pair of 6-0 runs early in the half, the last
one capped by Massey's driving layup for a 19-14 lead.
Harrison's baseline jumper and Wilson's 3-pointer made it 19-19
Back-to-back baskets by Massey and Lance Harris gave the
Wildcats a 28-26 lead, but Morandais countered with a layup and a
3-pointer for a 31-28 lead with 3:01 remaining.