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Buffs Fall in Second Half to Missouri, 66-62

Jan 26, 2008

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Marcus Hall scored a season-high 28 points and Richard Roby added 13, however the Missouri Tigers grabbed the lead late in the second half and came out victorious with a 66-62 win over Colorado, Saturday afternoon.

"Obviously this is a very tough loss to swallow," said CU head coach Jeff Bzdelik. "What happened in the second half?  Well, we had five turnovers in the first half and 11 in the second half.  We yielded 15 offensive rebounds, and it is starting to sound like a broken record.  We need to stay disciplined, disciplined to what we're supposed to do."

Leo Lyons scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half and Missouri overcame a 13-point deficit over the final 10 minutes.

The Tigers (12-8, 2-3), who snapped a three-game losing streak and a five-game road skid, never led in the first 38 minutes. Then, Matt Lawrence set up in the left corner and swished a 3-pointer that gave Missouri a 61-60 lead with 2 minutes left.

Colorado fared better from the field, sinking 20-of-44 compared to Missouri's 25-of-58.

DeMarre Carroll missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 34 seconds left and on the next Buffs' possession, but Stefhon Hannah stole it and laid it in for a 65-62 lead.

Xavier Silas missed a 3-pointer for the tie and Hannah, who scored 11 of his 13 points after halftime, sank a free throw for the final margin.

Hall scored 20 first-half points as the Buffs (9-10, 1-4) built a 34-24 halftime lead, one they would stretch to 50-37 halfway through the second half.

The Tigers reeled off eight straight points to cap a 13-3 spurt that pulled them to 53-50 with 6 1/2 minutes remaining, and they kept chipping away until Lawrence's 3-pointer put them ahead for good. Lawrence finished with nine points.

Roby scored his ninth double-double of the season, grabbing 14 boards and 13 points. The Buffs outrebounded the taller Tigers, 33-32.

Hall scored 20 points in the first half on 8-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-5 from three-point range.

Colorado will face Iowa State in Ames on Tuesday, Jan 29 at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net Rocky Mountain.