Boulder, Colo. For a while there, Kansas couldn't have bought a field goal if it owned a key to Fort Knox.
"But we didn't have much time to put our heads down and sulk," KU guard Rex Walters said, "because Colorado came right back up our tails."
Walters scored eight of his team-high 19 points in the last 5 minutes as Kansas squeezed Colorado, 81-80, here Saturday night.
"We feel lucky right now," Walters said in the KU locker room fterward. "Colorado is a good team."
Colorado didn't look very good early in the second half when Kansas dropped a 9-0 run on the Buffs for a 14-point lead.
"I thought maybe they'd fold," KU guard Adonis Jordan said. "But they played a great game."
Colorado battled back while Kansas went 8 minutes without a field goal. With seven minutes remaining, CU enjoyed its biggest lead at 68-64.
"You've gotta expect a run from any team," KU forward Alonzo Jamison said, "and they got on a roll. That's a credit to them."
It was also a credit to the Jayhawks that they finally corrected the list in their ship.
"We never thought we'd lose," Jordan said. "We just wanted to play our game."
And so the Jayhawks did.
"We tried to let the system take over," Walters said. "We just grinded it out."
KU coach Roy Williams wasn't thrilled that Colorado shot 18 free throws before a Kansas player (Jamison) stepped to the free throw line with 3:32 remaining in the first half.
"That's pretty hard to handle," Williams said, "but I have no other comment."
Asked about Richard Scott fouling out with 12:31 remaining, Williams replied, "I'm not saying anything."
Kansas shot 64.5 percent (20 of 31) in the first half, but only 41 percent (11 of 27) in the second half. The Jayhawks shot well at the free throw line, though, making 16 of 20.
Reserve Patrick Richey played just two minutes after testing a tender ankle in the first half and finding he couldn't go on it.
"It really looked like he was struggling," Williams said of the 6-8 sophomore.
Richey injured the ankle in Wednesday's practice session.
Colorado coach Joe Harrington said it. "I don't remember being as proud of a team as this one tonight. We did everything we could to win the game, except for win it."
Williams and Harrington bumped each other apparently accidentally in the tunnel after leaving the court at halftime. Both appeared to be hollering at the Big Eight officiating crew of Willie Sanchez, Paul Janseen and Gene Millentree as they departed.
Williams declined to comment on the incident after the game.
Eric Pauley, who fouled out with :02 remaining, tied his career-high. He also had 16 points against Southern Mississippi in the BMA Classic.
In the last two games, KU foes have made only five of 30 three-point attempts. Missouri was 1 for 15; Colorado 4 for 15.
Williams credited KU's depth, but Steve Woodberry (nine points) and Greg Ostertag (four) were the only subs who scored.