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Sunday, February 26, 2006

Buffs shift inside to trample Tigers

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— With its primary offensive weapon, the three-pointer, ineffective and not falling, Colorado needed to change its game plan.

Switching to a more inside-oriented attack, the Buffaloes scored 44 points in the paint and got 15 points each from Richard Roby and Jayson Obazuaye to end a two-game skid with a 78-60 rout of Missouri on Saturday.

"We were seeing more than the normal amount of pressure on the ball outside," said Roby, who was 1-for-6 on three-point attempts. "When you see that much pressure out there, coaches tell us to drive to the basket. We did, and it produced results."

The rest of the Buffaloes were only 2-for-16 from three-point range.

Glean Eddy added 12 points for Colorado (18-7 overall, 8-6 Big 12 Conference). Eddy and the Buffaloes reserves contributed 30 points.

"Our bench was a factor, because when Richard Roby is having an off night, we need to look to other people to help," Colorado coach Ricardo Patton said. "We need people off the bench to give us a lift."

There was little help for Missouri guard Thomas Gardner, who had 19 points to reach 1,007 career points and become the 37th player in school history to score 1,000. Kevin Young (13 points) and Jason Horton (10) reached double figures for Missouri (11-14, 4-10).

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Baylor guard Aaron Bruce, left, drives for a layup past Iowa State's Rahshon Clark. The Bears won their third game of the season, beating the Cyclones, 91-73, Saturday in Waco, Texas.

The Tigers are 1-3 since Quin Snyder resigned Feb. 10 and have averaged 57.4 points during their last 10 games while going 1-9.

Baylor 91, Iowa State 73

Waco, Texas - Patrick Fields scored 22 off the bench, leading Baylor. Four other Bears (3-11, 3-11) scored in double figures.

Will Blalock led Iowa State (15-12, 5-9) with 20 points. Curtis Stinson contributed 15, and Jiri Hubalek added 14.

Oklahoma State 74, Texas Tech 63

Stillwater, Okla. - JamesOn Curry scored 18 as Oklahoma State won its second straight home game since coach Eddie Sutton went on medical leave.

Mario Boggan added 17 points for Oklahoma State (15-13, 5-9), which assured itself no worse than a .500 record entering the conference tournament. Texas Tech (14-14, 6-8) shot just 37.7 percent from the field, and the Red Raiders' loss would've been worse if they hadn't made nine of 13 three-point attempts.

Texas A&M; 66, Nebraska 55

College Station, Texas - Acie Law scored 19, and Texas A&M; won its fifth straight, giving the Aggies (18-7, 8-6) sole possession of fourth place in the conference and a boost to their NCAA Tournament chances.

Nebraska (17-10, 7-7) was led by Jamel White's 16 points.

Women

No. 10 Baylor 79, K-State 70

Manhattan - Sophia Young had 33 points and 13 rebounds for Baylor (21-5, 10-4). K-State (17-9, 7-8) lost its regular-

season home finale for the first time since 1998.

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