Colorado 74

(11-3, 1-2 Big 12)

Missouri 71

(9-5, 2-1 Big 12)

    6:00 PM ET, January 14, 2006

    Mizzou Arena, Columbia, Missouri

    1 2 T
    COLO 30 4474
    MIZZ 35 3671

    Top Performers

    Colorado: R. Roby 33 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Missouri: J. McKinney 22 Pts, 3 Reb, 6 Ast

    Colorado 74, Missouri 71

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Richard Roby hit most of Colorado's big shots before Chris Copeland hit the biggest.

    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 do."

    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 average.

    "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."

    Colorado leads the conference in 3-pointers, averaging eight per game. Copeland was 3-for-6 and Dominique Coleman and Andy Osborn each had a pair of 3-pointers.

    Coleman added 11 points and six assists, setting up Copeland on the game-winner.

    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.

    Game notes

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 74 71
    FG Made-Attempted 26-61 (.426) 22-44 (.500)
    3P Made-Attempted 13-29 (.448) 5-16 (.313)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-13 (.692) 22-31 (.710)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 5

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