BOULDER, Colo. — Askia Booker brought Colorado fans spilling onto the court by swishing a 25-footer at the buzzer Saturday to lift Colorado to a 75-72 victory over No. 6 Kansas, marking the program's first victory over the Jayhawks in its last 20 tries.
Colorado (9-1) squandered a six-point lead with 1:44 left and Kansas tied the game with a bucket by Perry Ellis with 4 seconds left. But after a timeout, Buffs forward Xavier Johnson got the ball to Booker, who dribbled a few paces past half court — about even with where John Elway's courtside seats were located — and launched the shot that hit nothing but net.
The fans exploded onto the court, straight past Elway, and gang tackled Booker, a junior, who is trying to lead the Buffs to their third straight appearance in the NCAA tournament.
This win will look mighty good on their resume. It's their ninth straight — CU hasn't lost since its opener against Baylor — and it is the first win over Kansas since 2003 and only the second in the last 48 meetings between the former Big 12 foes.
Booker and Spencer Dinwidde led CU with 15 points each.
After Colorado left for the Pac-12, the schools kept the series going mainly because CU coach Tad Boyle, who has led this renaissance in Boulder, is a former Kansas player. He was on the Jayhawks roster, in fact, back in 1982, when Colorado won one of its very few games over Kansas. Kansas still leads one of the most lopsided series west of the Mississippi 123-40.
Andrew Wiggins led the Jayhawks, who had been ranked second but have now lost two of their last three, with 22 points.
Frank Mason had 11 and Ellis had 10 as Kansas lost despite hitting 52.9 percent from the floor.
One key difference: Colorado shot 37 free throws — 17 more than the Jayhawks, who were in foul trouble almost from the start in this one.
Dinwiddie and Booker each missed one of two from the line down the stretch, which helped Kansas pull even after trailing 68-62.
Booker's free throw gave CU a 71-68 lead with 18.7 seconds left, and on the next possession, Dinwiddie fouled Wiggins while he was shooting a 3-pointer. But Wiggins made only two of the free throws and Kansas had to foul.
That's when Dinwiddie made one of two, to set up the tying shot from Ellis, then Booker's game-winner.
Small consolation on this day, but the last two times Kansas has lost to the Buffs — 1991 and 2003 — the Jayhawks have gone on to the Final Four.
No. 2 Arizona 63, UNLV 58
At Tucson, Ariz., T.J. McConnell had 13 points, six assists and seven rebounds, making critical plays down the stretch, and Arizona escaped with a win.
Brandon Ashley also had 13 points, and Nick Johnson and Kaleb Tarczewski added 12 apiece for the Wildcats. However, Johnson shot just 4 for 15.
Bryce DeJean-Jones scored 16 points, Khem Birch had 12 and Roscoe Smith 10 for the Rebels (3-4) in their first road game of the season.
The Wildcats (9-0) have a shot at moving to the top of the rankings after No. 1 Michigan State lost to North Carolina.
But they were challenged all day by UNLV in a game that had 18 lead changes and neither team led by more than six.
McConnell, a transfer point guard from Duquesne, sank a 15-footer with 3:10 to play to put Arizona up for good, 58-57. After Dejean-Jones missed a 3-pointer, McConnell's pretty bounce pass to Rondae Hollis-Jefferson for a dunk made it 60-57 with 2:20 to play.
UNLV managed one field goal in the final six minutes, Birch's rebound basket that gave the Rebels their last lead at 57-56 with 3:30 to play.
Birch made one of two free throws with 1:52 to go to cut Arizona's lead to 60-58, but McConnell found Ashley for a basket with 27 seconds to go to make it 62-58. McConnell made one of two free throws with 15.3 seconds to go to wrap up the scoring.
There were 30 turnovers in the game, 16 by UNLV and 14 by Arizona.
The Rebels shot 64 percent in the first half (16 for 25) to Arizona's 52 percent (17 of 33) and led 42-39 at the break.
The scoring dropped drastically in the second half, with Arizona outscoring UNLV 24-16. The Rebels shot 28 percent (7 for 25) in the second half while Arizona was at 32 percent (11 of 34).
There were 19 turnovers in the first 20 minutes, 10 by UNLV and nine by the Wildcats. Every one of the seven Arizona players who played in the first half had at least one turnover.
The Wildcats led 37-31 on T.J. McConnell's reverse layup on a pass from Hollis-Jefferson with 3:35 to play. Arizona was up 39-35 on Hollis-Jefferson's spin move inside with just under two minutes to go, but Roscoe Smith sank a 17-footer, Kevin Olekaibe hit a 3 and Kendall Smith scored on a reverse layup to give UNLV its three-point halftime cushion.
Arizona scored the first six points of the second half to go up 45-42, but the Rebels scored the next six to lead 48-45 on Dejean-Jones' 16-footer with 15:36 to play.
A 5-0 spurt regained the lead for Arizona, Aaron Gordon's emphatic dunk on a pass from Ashley made it 52-49 with 12:05 to go. Again, the Rebels responded, scoring the next six and the back-and-forth battle persisted.
The capacity crowd at McKale Center was decked out in white for the team's annual "white out" promotion. Arizona had lost its previous two white outs, and this one was shaky.
Missouri 80, No. 18 UCLA 71
At Columbia, Mo., Earnest Ross scored 20 points and finished 5 of 11 from beyond the arc to help Missouri upset No. 18 UCLA 80-71 on Saturday.
His third 3-pointer with 14:46 remaining gave the Tigers their first lead in more than 16 minutes.
The shot bounced off the front of the rim before going in, helping Missouri (9-0) overcome an eight-point halftime deficit.
The win extended Missouri's NCAA-best, home-court winning streak to 24 games and the Tigers' run of 79 consecutive wins against non-conference opponents at Mizzou Arena. The victory was the first in that stretch against a nationally ranked team.
Jordan Adams scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds and Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine each added 13 points for UCLA (8-1), which lost in its first game on an opponent's court this season.
Jabari Brown scored 22 points and Jordan Clarkson added 21 for Missouri. Johnathan Williams III grabbed 15 rebounds to help the Tigers gain a 47-30 advantage on the boards and remain the only unbeaten team in the Southeastern Conference. The team is off to its best start since the 2006-07 season.
Utah 90, Fresno St. 77
At Salt Lake City, Delon Wright scored 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting, dished out 12 assists and collected five rebounds to lead Utah to a win.
Renan Lenz added 15 points, and Jordan Loveridge chipped in 13 points and 11 boards to help Utah (7-1) bounce back from a two-point loss to Boise State earlier in the week. The Utes shot 59.6 percent (34 of 57) from the field and 41.2 percent (7 of 17) from distance.
Marvelle Harris scored 22 points to lead Fresno State, but it was not enough to keep the Utes from snapping the Bulldogs (6-4) two-game winning streak. Three different starters, including Harris, fouled out during the second half.