Colorado 78, Missouri 60

1 decade 3 years 4 months ago Wednesday, April 05 2006 Apr 5, 2006 Wednesday, April 05, 2006 1:06:41 PM CDT April 05, 2006 in News

Nick Eddy added 12 points for Colorado (18-7, 8-6 Big 12 Conference) The Buffaloes managed only 3-for-22 shooting on 3-pointers but scored 44 of its points inside the paint. Thomas Gardner had 19 points to reach 1,007 career points and become the 37th player in school history to score 1,000 points. Kevin Young, 13 points, and Jason Horton, 10, reached double-figures for Missouri (11-14, 4-10).

The Tigers are 1-3 since Quinn Snyder resigned on Feb. 10 and have averaged 57.4 points and 38 percent shooting over last their 10 games when they are 1-9. Missouri's tight man-to-man defense and 16 points from Gardner helped build a 28-13 lead with 9:11 left in the first half. The Tigers self-destructed the rest of the half, missing 9-of-11 shots including two uncontested lay-ups, and turned the ball over six times to open the door for a Colorado comeback. Colorado replied with a 21-4 run. Eddy sparked the run with nine of the points, had two free throws to tie the game at 30 with 1:56 left and his layup sent the Buffaloes into intermission with a 34-32 edge.

The Buffaloes, 3-for-11 on 3-pointers in the first half, turned to its inside game after the break. Eddy had one of the team's three lay-ups to start the half to increase their lead to 40-34 early and after Gardner's jumper cut the lead to 40-38, Colorado had seven baskets, all well within the 3-point arc, in a 17-3 run to make it 57-41 with 10:45 left. Missouri, which shot 37 percent and scored 28 points in the second half, got a layup from Young, but promptly gave up two lay-ups to reserve Marcus King-Stockton and three more to make it a 67-44 bulge with 7:20 left.

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