Roby scored a career-best 33 points and Copeland hit the last of
the Buffaloes' season-high 13 3-pointers with two-tenths of a
second to go in a 74-71 victory at Missouri on Saturday night.
"It felt smooth coming off my hands," Copeland said. "I felt
the laces around the ball. It was just all good."
Copeland had 15 points for Colorado (11-3, 1-2 Big 12), which
ended an eight-game losing streak at Missouri (9-5, 2-1). The
Buffaloes, who were 13-for-29 from 3-point range, had lost 33 of
their previous 34 at Missouri and this time ended the Tigers'
eight-game overall home winning streak.
"It's definitely an emotional win," Roby said. "We wanted to
come in here and do something a lot of teams haven't been able to
Thomas Gardner had 22 points for Missouri, shrugging off a mild
concussion sustained two days earlier in practice, and Jimmy
McKinney also had 22. But a traveling call with 8.2 seconds left on
Gardner after he took an inbound pass and then slipped gave
Colorado the opening it needed.
Coach Quin Snyder noted that Gardner was dribbling the ball when
the call was made. He also said Marshall Brown had been open for a
layup, and Gardner said he was pushed.
"Obviously, I'm not supposed to comment on officials' calls,"
Snyder said. "We got a tough break."
Copeland got a nice look on the baseline in front of the
Colorado bench before draining his third 3-pointer of the game on
the winner. Colorado had lost its first two Big 12 games after
winning nine straight entering conference play.
The Buffaloes overcame 50 percent shooting by Missouri by
getting 18 of their 31 rebounds on the offensive end.
"We may fly back and tomorrow the guys will think they're
Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen and shoot a dud the next game
out," coach Ricardo Patton said. "We'll see what happens."
Roby, who hit a last-second shot at home to beat Missouri last
season, scored 21 of his points in the second half and was 6-for-11
from 3-point range to top his previous career best of 30 points.
Roby had averaged 11 points in his previous five games, but he and
the rest of the Colorado offense thrived against Missouri's zone
most of the game.
Roby, who was 11-for-24 overall, entered with a 15.7-point
"In a couple of those games I didn't play the minutes I usually
play because we were playing some lesser opponents," Roby said.
"In the Big 12 it kind of hit me a little bit and you kind of lose
your groove a little bit.
"I knew I was due for one."
Coleman added 11 points and six assists, setting up Copeland on
Brown added 10 points for Missouri, which led by five with about
5 1-2 minutes to go before fading. Missouri failed to follow up on
a 2-point victory at No. 22 Oklahoma on Tuesday.
The finish stunned a season-best crowd of 10,684.
"We got the lead and let them back in it with Roby," Snyder
said. "I told them about him every time out."
Consecutive 3-pointers by Roby started Colorado's late-game
surge, slicing Missouri's lead to 66-65 with 4:07 to go.
"That's the norm for us," Coleman said. "He does it all the
time in practice and he's just been getting double-teamed lately in
the Big 12 because they know he can score."
Gardner had 10 points and McKinney nine in the first half,
helping Missouri overcome Colorado's long-range shooting to take a
35-30 lead. The Buffaloes hit five of their first eight 3-point
attempts but shot only 35.5 percent in the half overall.
The last time Colorado won at Missouri, in 1997, the
Buffaloes were led by future Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey
Billups. Before 1997, they hadn't won in Columbia, Mo., since 1973.
... Glen Dandridge had career bests of eight points and seven
rebounds in 16 minutes for Missouri. ... Colorado overcame a big
free-throw disadvantage. The first six fouls of the second half
were called on the Buffaloes.