MBB Upsets No. 12/14 Oklahoma State, 89-77
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Dominique Coleman and Kal Bay tied career highs with 21 points, leading Colorado to an 89-77 victory over No. 12 Oklahoma State on Saturday.
Coleman added a career-high 15 rebounds and Bay tied a career high with five 3-pointers. Richard Roby had 20 points for the Buffaloes (6-13, 2-7 Big 12), who have now beaten at least one ranked team at home in each of the last five years.
"It's finally good to see our guys step up and I thought they played one terrific defensive game against a very good Oklahoma State team," said CU head coach Ricardo Patton. "We thought we had to rebound and our guards did a terrific job of getting out on the boards. Dominique Coleman, can't say enough about him coming off the bench and rebounding. It was a good overall team win."
JamesOn Curry scored 20 points for Oklahoma State (18-4, 4-3), while Byron Eaton finished with a career-high 19 points and Mario Boggan had 17. Curry has scored in double figures in every game this season.
Boggan and Curry, two of the top-five scorers in the Big 12, have combined for 39.9 points a game for the Cowboys this season, but were held slightly below that average by Colorado.
Oklahoma State is 0-3 on the road this season.
The Buffaloes, who led 44-29 at the intermission, improved to 72-1 under coach Ricardo Patton when leading by a double-digit margin at halftime.
Colorado led by as many as 17 early in the second half, but the Cowboys cut it to six, 76-70, on Curry's three-point play with 3:04 remaining. The Buffaloes made 11 of 12 free throws from that point on to close the game out and end a four-game losing streak. Colorado was 21-of-27 from the free throw line in the second half.
Colorado went on a 19-3 run over the final 4:34 of the first half to turn a one-point deficit into the 15-point halftime lead. Xavier Silas hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer and teammates swarmed him before leaving the court with their arms raised.
It's the second straight game Oklahoma State trailed at halftime. The Cowboys fell behind Iowa State 23-17 at halftime, but managed to rally for a 62-50 win.
There were 10 lead changes in the first half before the Buffs pulled away late, silencing a crowd that featured as much OSU orange as CU gold.
The Buffaloes have just seven games and the Big 12 Tournament remaining under Patton, who announced on Oct. 25 that he would step down at the end of the season. Patton has coached Colorado for the last 11 seasons. He's second in school history with 183 wins.