Coming into Saturday’s contest, the Kansas Jayhawks had won 19 games in a row against the Colorado Buffalos. Not only that, but KU also had perhaps the premier player in college basketball in guard Andrew Wiggins.
When the dust had settled, Wiggins was indeed the game’s leading scorer with 22 points; but it was the late heroics of another that proved to be the difference in the contest.
After Kansas sophomore Perry Ellis drove the lane to score a basket over CU’s Josh Scott and tie the game with only three seconds left on the clock; but it was Askia Booker who was to have his number called last.
Booker got the inbound pass and was able to take a few steps before heaving a last-second three-pointer towards the basket. It was from long range, but a decent look nonetheless. The buzzer sounded, but the shot was already in the air. With no time remaining on the clock, the shot fell.
Nothing but net.
The scoreboard read 75-72. CU had won the game, besting Kansas for the first time since long before the Buffs left their former Big 12 rivals to join the Pac-12.
A sea of black and gold Buffs fans flooded the court at the Coors Event Center in Boulder, Colo. Their team had knocked off a former rival. Their team had knocked off the #6-ranked team in the country.
Askia Booker, whom had seemingly gone cold since an MVP performance at last year’s Charleston Classic, came through in the biggest of moments. He finished the game with 15 points; including perhaps the biggest three thus far in his playing career. For his part though, Booker remained humble.
“It was great win for us,” Booker said in a post game interview. “ I mean, we might be in the top 25, but who cares? We have the next game next week, and we’re gonna get prepared for that.”
With the win CU moves to 9-1 on the season; remaining undefeated at home in seven games. Kansas falls to 6-2.