Playing its third straight road game in seven days, Kansas University's men's basketball team had a little trouble holding off Colorado, but held on for a 76-61 victory over the Buffaloes on Saturday in Boulder, Colo.
Kansas lost the tip, but Keith Langford stole the ball on the defensive end and was fouled on a fast-break attempt. He hit one of two free throws for a 1-0 KU lead.
Colorado took a 2-1 lead with the next basket, but Kansas scored 11 of the next 13 points and led 12-4 a few minutes in. The Buffaloes scored the next six points, cutting the gap to just two points.
The Jayhawks answered with a 20-4 run over the next seven minutes, taking a game-high lead of 18 points, 32-14. Kansas cooled off a bit the rest of the half, but still led by 13 points, 38-25, at intermission.
The Buffaloes' tenacity on the boards and a handful of three-pointers helped them cut KU's lead to a point, 45-44, nine minutes after halftime with a 19-7 spurt.
The Jayhawks again answered, this time with a 9-2 run, but the Buffaloes closed the gap to as few as four points, 60-56, before Kansas re-extended its lead with strong free throw shooting.
Langford had 14 points for KU, Wayne Simien had 23 points and 18 rebounds, and J.R. Giddens had 11 points. Christian Moody had seven points, C.J. Giles had two fouls and Alex Galindo fouled out with 6:44 left without scoring a point.
Sasha Kaun had eight points, Darnell Jackson had four points, and Russell Robinson had six points. Aaron Miles had five assists.
Richard Roby had 14 points for Colorado, Andy Osborn had five points before fouling out in the closing minutes, and Glean Eddy had five points. Chris Copeland had 22 points, and Antoine McGee had three points. Martane Freeman had six points, and Marcus Hall had six points.
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Kansas was 22-of-57 shooting from the field, including 5-of-18 from three-point range, and 27-of-37 shooting from the foul line.
Colorado was 20-of-69 shooting from the field, including 8-of-31 from long distance, and 13-of-20 shooting from the charity stripe.
All stats are unofficial.