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Buffs Remain Unbeaten In Big 12 Play

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Cory Higgins (credit: CUBuffs.com/Chip Bromfield, ProMotion Ltd.)

Cory Higgins (credit: CUBuffs.com/Chip Bromfield, ProMotion Ltd.)

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Alec Burks scored 20 points, including four free throws in the final 10.8 seconds, and Colorado hung on to beat Oklahoma State 75-71 Saturday to extend its winning streak to seven games.

Cory Higgins led the Buffaloes (14-4, 3-0 Big 12) with 23 points and made all 10 his free throws to boost his career total to 487, surpassing Donnie Boyce (480) for the school record. Marcus Relphorde added 14 points.

Jean-Paul Olukemi had 21 points to lead the Cowboys (13-4, 1-2).

Burks also had a career-high 11 rebounds to help Colorado start 3-0 in conference for the first time since 1996-97, when the Buffaloes opened 6-0 and advanced to the NCAA tournament.

Colorado, playing before its first home sellout crowd of the season, improved to 11-0 at in Boulder this season.

Keiton Page had 19 points and Marshall Moses for 14 for the Cowboys. Darrell Williams fouled out with 4:14 remaining and Matt Pilgrim picked up his fifth foul with 1:22 left.

Levi Knutson, who missed his first four shots from 3-point range, finally connected from beyond the arc with 8:10 left, and the Buffaloes, down by 12 early in the second half, pulled to within 58-56.

Burks made two free throws to tie it a minute later, and Austin Dufault’s reverse layup put Colorado back in front 60-58 with 5:56 remaining. The Buffaloes led the rest of the way.

The Cowboys went on a 16-8 run to start the second half. They stretched a four-point halftime lead to 54-42 with 16:09 left after Ray Penn and Page hit consecutive 3-pointers.

But Higgins got hot to help Colorado get back in the game, rattling in a 3-pointer from the baseline to start a 9-2 burst that pulled the Buffaloes to within 56-51 with 12:13 remaining.

Colorado shot a season-low 25.9 percent from the field (7 for 27) in the first half but converted 17-of-18 free throws in that span to keep it close. Oklahoma State went into the break up 38-34.

A 3-pointer by Higgins with 6:45 left in the opening period gave the Buffaloes a 29-27 lead, but they didn’t make another field goal in the half.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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