BOULDER, Colo. — Colorado exploited Oklahoma’s struggling subpar defense Wednesday and beat the Sooners 77-67 in a Big 12 men’s basketball game at the Coors Event Center. A crowd of 5,976 watched Colorado outscore the Sooners 22-6 in fast break points.
The Bufflaoes constantly pushed the tempo, which is not usually their style of play. “Coach said they allow them to run a lot more this year, and they did a good job doing it,” OU sophomore guard Willie Warren said. “They kept getting fast break layups, and I feel like that’s how they won the game.” OU guard Cade Davis said: “They were getting out, and transition killed us. Anytime a shot went up for us, whether we did or didn’t go up for boards, they had two or three guys getting out.” Colorado (12-13 overall, 3-8 Big 12) ran up a 12-2 run over three minutes midway through the second half. Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel had to take a timeout as the Buffaloes took a 12-point lead. OU (13-12, 4-7 Big 12) rallied late, cutting the lead to five points on two separate occasions. But the Sooners didn’t score after Warren hit a pull-up 3-pointer to cut the lead to 72-67 with 1:40 to play. “They took it back,” Capel said. OU cut the lead to 69-64 with an 8-0 run inside the final four minutes. But Colorado’s Nate Tomlinson ended a drought of more than two minutes with a 3-pointer from the corner after Buffaloes coach Jeff Bzdelik used a timeout to regroup his struggling team. “He just kept saying, ‘What are we doing?’ and that we were letting the game slip away,” said Colorado guard Cory Higgins.