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Jayhawk report Jayhawk report: Colorado 75, KU 72

  • Published Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at 8:33 p.m.

Saturday’s box score

Colorado 75, No. 6 Kansas 72

KANSASMinFGFTRebAPFPT
Black30-00-00-0030
Ellis315-60-03-83310
Mason343-94-70-34211
Selden, Jr203-60-11-4037
Wiggins287-117-91-50422
White III40-10-00-0010
Tharpe283-50-00-1228
Greene40-10-00-0000
Embiid284-72-31-42510
Frankamp40-30-00-0010
Traylor131-10-01-6022
Lucas31-10-00-1002
Totals20027-5113-208-33112672

Percentages: FG .529, FT .650. 3-Point Goals: 5-20, .250 (Tharpe 2-4, Selden, Jr. 1-3, Wiggins 1-3, Mason 1-5, White III 0-1, Greene 0-1, Frankamp 0-3). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 5 (Traylor 3, Embiid, Wiggins). Turnovers: 14 (Embiid 4, Mason 2, Wiggins 2, Frankamp, Selden, Jr., Traylor, Ellis). Steals: 3 (Embiid 3). Technical Fouls: None.

COLORADOMinFGFTRebAPFPT
Johnson334-95-82-60014
Scott286-92-22-42214
Booker335-122-61-30315
Hopkins271-40-00-4343
Dinwiddie313-88-100-17415
Talton90-30-00-1000
Fletcher112-32-52-2007
Thomas160-33-63-4113
King20-20-01-2010
Mills102-30-02-3014
Totals20023-5622-3715-32131675

Percentages: FG .411, FT .595. 3-Point Goals: 7-22, .318 (Booker 3-6, Johnson 1-2, Fletcher 1-2, Hopkins 1-3, Dinwiddie 1-5, Thomas 0-2, Talton 0-2). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 1 (Dinwiddie). Turnovers: 8 (Hopkins 2, Dinwiddie, Thomas, Booker, Johnson). Steals: 7 (Johnson 3, King, Hopkins, Booker, Fletcher). Technical Fouls: None.

Kansas304272
Colorado334275

A—11,113. Officials—Mark Whitehead, Larry Spaulding, Darron George.

Nothing’s free

In the end, it didn’t really matter. Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins missed a free throw that would have tied the game 71-71 and given the ball back to Colorado for one final shot with 12 seconds left.

But Colorado’s Spencer Dinwiddie missed a free throw on the other end, allowing the Jayhawks to tie the game 72-72 before Askia Booker’s game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer.

Still, Wiggins, who had drawn a foul while attempting a three-pointer with KU trailing 71-68, was upset that he made just two of three.

“I was confident I’d make them all,” Wiggins said. “Unfortunately, I missed one.”

Worth noting

While Kansas coach Bill Self is generally loathe to use a zone defense, he did employ one for a few possessions during the second half. He didn’t give it rave reviews.

“Bad, bad,” Self said. “What it did, though, was made them slow down. It served its purpose. I didn’t think it was great by any stretch.”

• Kansas had won 19 straight games against Colorado, a former Big 12 foe, and Self was a perfect 18-0 against the Buffaloes.

•  KU freshman center Joel Embiid had 10 points at halftime while dominating a smaller Colorado lineup, but he went scoreless in the second half while battling foul trouble. He ended up fouling out while attempting just one shot in the second half.

Rustin Dodd

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