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Colorado holds off No. 4 ASU 90-81 in OT

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) The pregame screening was motivation for the Colorado Buffaloes - a clip of all the wins the program has posted over ranked teams through the years.

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Namon Wright scored five of his 19 points in overtime, including a pair of game-sealing free throws at the end, and Colorado beat No. 4 Arizona State 90-81 on Thursday night.

''We showed them (a clip) and said, `Now, it's time for you guys to write your next chapter,''' coach Tad Boyle said.

They did that. Just took a little bit to warm up.

Down 11-0 to start the game, the Buffaloes (9-6, 1-2 Pac-12) steadily whittled away and opened up a six-point lead with 1:17 remaining in regulation. But the Sun Devils (12-2, 0-2) stormed back, with Mickey Mitchell tying the game at 74 with 5 seconds left on an emphatic dunk.

In overtime, the Buffaloes hit six straight free throws down the stretch to secure the victory. It was the highest-ranked team Colorado has beaten since knocking off No. 3 Texas on Feb. 4, 2003. The Colorado fans stormed the court to celebrate.

''That's crazy,'' said freshman McKinley Wright IV, who scored 19 points. ''It's a confidence builder. This is what we needed. When we're playing like this, having fun, we can beat anyone in our league.''

George King chipped in 18 as Colorado snapped a three-game skid, including two straight losses to start conference play. The Buffaloes began 0-7 in the league a season ago.

Tra Holder had 24 points for Arizona State before fouling out in the waning seconds of OT. The Sun Devils have dropped two straight after reeling off 12 wins in a row.

''It's a long season,'' Sun Devils guard Shannon Evans II said. ''We'll be all right.''

Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley couldn't have asked for a better start on the road - and at higher elevation - as Arizona State raced out to an early lead. That's about when Boyle subbed out his starting five and put in the next crew.

It did the trick.

''We just stuck together,'' Wright said. ''Nobody held their head down.''

It paid off with a celebration with their fans at mid-court.

''If you would have asked me before I got to Arizona State, if I would have seen a situation where there was a court storm after our game because an opponent beat us I might have thought you were crazy,'' Hurley said. ''That's the job our team has done this year to make the game that meaningful that an opponent would storm the floor after the game.''

BIG PICTURE

Arizona State: Too much 1-on-1 and not enough driving, Hurley said. ''I'll take some hits here for not working more in some zone in our practices,'' Hurley said.

Colorado: The Buffaloes improved to 16-29 against ranked teams under Boyle. The 16 wins represents more than 25 percent of the school's victories over ranked opponents (60) since 1949-50.

SUN DEVIL DEBUT

Arizona State freshman Kimani Lawrence made his debut after missing the start of the season with a broken left foot. He played only a minute in the first half after picking up two fouls. Lawrence finished with one point in 4 minutes of work.

STRONG MESSAGE

King and Namon Wright delivered a strong message as the team huddled before overtime.

''They said, `We're built for this. We love moments like this,''' McKinley Wright recounted.

Boyle appreciated that sort of pep talk.

''We feel like every overtime, especially in the Coors Events Center, it should be ours,'' Boyle said.

BIG CALL

Down by three late in OT, Mitchell picked up his fifth foul. Hurley called it a pivotal moment.

''A complete joke,'' Hurley said. ''As a three-point game to make that call at that stage of the game was one of the worst things that I've seen.''

Mitchell finished with 10 rebounds and eight points.

THIS & THAT

Holder's big night gives him 1,525 career points to move into 10th place on the school's all-time scoring list. ... G Kodi Justice had 16 points. ... Colorado senior Dominique Collier had 11 points, six assists and just one turnover.

UP NEXT

Arizona State: Plays at Utah on Sunday.

Colorado: Hosts No. 14 Arizona on Saturday.

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Key Players
T. Holder
0 G
M. Wright IV
25 G
32.7 Min. Per Game 32.7
16.0 Pts. Per Game 16.0
4.9 Ast. Per Game 4.9
5.0 Reb. Per Game 5.0
46.0 Field Goal % 47.9
43.2 Three Point % 33.3
84.9 Free Throw % 75.4
  Defensive rebound by Tyler Bey 17.0
  Remy Martin missed 3-pt. jump shot 19.0
+ 1 Namon Wright made 2nd of 2 free throws 24.0
+ 1 Namon Wright made 1st of 2 free throws 24.0
  Personal foul on Tra Holder 24.0
  Defensive rebound by Namon Wright 30.0
  Tra Holder missed 3-pt. jump shot 32.0
+ 1 Tyler Bey made 2nd of 2 free throws 35.0
+ 1 Tyler Bey made 1st of 2 free throws 35.0
  Personal foul on Romello White 35.0
  Defensive rebound by Tyler Bey 35.0
Team Stats
Points 81 90
Field Goals 27-75 (36.0%) 29-64 (45.3%)
3-Pointers 9-33 (27.3%) 10-27 (37.0%)
Free Throws 18-24 (75.0%) 22-32 (68.8%)
Total Rebounds 42 47
Offensive 12 9
Defensive 29 33
Team 1 5
Assists 11 16
Steals 5 3
Blocks 2 6
Turnovers 6 12
Fouls 27 20
Technicals 0 0
24 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
19 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST
12OTT
away team logo 4 Arizona State 12-2 3440781
home team logo Colorado 9-6 29451690
Team Stats
away team logo 4 Arizona State 12-2 79.2 PPG 46.8 RPG 14.0 APG
home team logo Colorado 9-6 77.2 PPG 40.8 RPG 12.9 APG
Key Players
00
T. Holder G PPG RPG APG FG%
25
M. Wright IV G 12.9 PPG 4.9 RPG 5.3 APG 51.0 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Holder G 24 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
M. Wright IV G 19 PTS 3 REB 5 AST
36.0 FG% 45.3
27.3 3PT FG% 37.0
75.0 FT% 68.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Holder 24 2 1 8/20 2/9 6/7 5 41 3 0 3 1 1
K. Justice 16 2 2 4/12 4/10 4/4 4 38 1 0 0 0 2
S. Evans II 11 2 2 3/14 0/8 5/6 3 41 1 0 0 0 2
R. White 10 11 1 5/12 0/0 0/2 3 31 0 1 1 3 8
M. Mitchell 8 10 4 3/4 0/0 2/3 5 32 0 1 1 4 6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Holder 24 2 1 8/20 2/9 6/7 5 41 3 0 3 1 1
K. Justice 16 2 2 4/12 4/10 4/4 4 38 1 0 0 0 2
S. Evans II 11 2 2 3/14 0/8 5/6 3 41 1 0 0 0 2
R. White 10 11 1 5/12 0/0 0/2 3 31 0 1 1 3 8
M. Mitchell 8 10 4 3/4 0/0 2/3 5 32 0 1 1 4 6
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Martin 11 3 1 4/12 3/5 0/0 0 21 0 0 1 1 2
K. Lawrence 1 1 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 3 4 0 0 0 0 1
V. Shibel 0 3 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 7 0 0 0 1 2
D. Lake 0 6 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 10 0 0 0 2 4
A. Witherill - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Fogerty - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Salzman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Roggin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 81 41 11 27/75 9/33 18/24 27 225 5 2 6 12 29
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Wright IV 19 3 5 8/15 0/3 3/4 2 37 2 0 5 3 0
G. King 18 9 2 5/13 4/9 4/6 3 34 0 2 2 2 7
T. Bey 8 8 0 2/2 0/0 4/5 0 19 0 1 1 1 7
D. Brown 5 3 0 2/5 0/2 1/2 2 25 0 0 0 0 3
D. Walton 2 7 1 0/4 0/1 2/5 3 19 0 3 2 2 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Wright IV 19 3 5 8/15 0/3 3/4 2 37 2 0 5 3 0
G. King 18 9 2 5/13 4/9 4/6 3 34 0 2 2 2 7
T. Bey 8 8 0 2/2 0/0 4/5 0 19 0 1 1 1 7
D. Brown 5 3 0 2/5 0/2 1/2 2 25 0 0 0 0 3
D. Walton 2 7 1 0/4 0/1 2/5 3 19 0 3 2 2 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Wright 19 7 1 7/12 2/3 3/4 3 31 0 0 0 0 7
D. Collier 11 3 6 4/7 3/5 0/0 2 25 1 0 1 0 3
L. Siewert 7 0 0 1/3 1/2 4/4 2 16 0 0 0 0 0
L. Nikolic 1 3 1 0/1 0/1 1/2 3 15 0 0 1 1 2
D. Schwartz 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
T. Miller-Stewart - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Repine - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Strating - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Battey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Martinka - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 90 42 16 29/64 10/27 22/32 20 225 3 6 12 9 33