BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Levi Knutson made four free throws in the final 57 seconds of overtime and Alec Burks scored 25 points leading Colorado to a 90-83 victory over Colorado State on Wednesday night.
Marcus Relphorde added 18 points and Cory Higgins had 15 for the Buffaloes (5-3), who have won three straight and are 5-0 at home.
Knutson hit two foul shots to put the Buffaloes ahead 84-82 with 57 seconds to go in overtime, and he made two more after Jesse Carr made only 1-of-2 free throws for the Rams (4-2).
“The missed free throw changed what we could do,” Carr said. “It made us have to foul instead of trying to make a play on defense and then go for the win.”
Colorado was 35 of 41 from the free throw line.
Travis Franklin scored 19 points to lead Colorado State, which had its two-game winning streak snapped.
“We didn’t get enough shots or get to loose balls in the second half,” Colorado State coach Tim Miles said.
Carr sent the game into overtime with a buzzer-beating layup, but Colorado State never led in the extra period.
The Rams tied the score for the last time at 82-82 on a dunk by Andy Ogide, who had 17 points. Knutson broke the tie with two free throws and hit two more with 29 seconds remaining.
Colorado started slowly, making only 2-of-14 shots from the field, and the Rams took advantage. Andre McFarland and Adam Nigon hit 3-pointers to put Colorado State up 14-6.
Burks scored 10 points in the first half to help get the Buffaloes on track, and his short jumper with 2:33 to go before halftime pulled them to within 28-27. Colorado State, which shot 63.6 percent in the first half, pushed its lead to 33-27 before going into halftime up 33-30.
Colorado shot only 34.5 percent in the first half but stayed close by hitting 9-of-10 free throws.
“At halftime we talked about we shooting 34 percent, they shot 64 percent, and we’re down three and still were able to come back and win,” first-year Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. “What this game tells me is the resiliency and the pride and that the toughness is starting to develop.”
The Buffaloes went ahead 40-39 on a dunk by Burks early in the second half and then made six straight free throws for a 46-41 advantage with 13:30 left. Burks tied the game at 48 at the 11:27 mark, ahead of six lead changes, the last coming on two free throws by Burks that gave Colorado a 61-59 edge with 6:49 left.
Knutson’s two free throws gave the Buffaloes some breathing room at 70-64, but Ogide responded with two inside baskets to pull Colorado State to within 70-68 with 3:07 to play.
But the Buffaloes gave the Rams a chance when Higgins made only 2-of-4 free throws in the last 19 seconds.
Dorian Green made two free throws, and Carr’s last-second layup knotted it at 76-all.
“We beat a really good team tonight,” Boyle said. “I’m proud of the way we gutted it out and responded after that game went into overtime when it shouldn’t have.”
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