BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Super sophomore Alec Burks scored a career-high 36 points and the Colorado Buffaloes upset ninth-ranked Missouri 89-76 in their final Big 12 opener.
The Buffaloes (12-4, 1-0), who join the expanded Pac-12 next season, snapped a streak of 13 straight losses in conference openers going back to 1997.
The Tigers (14-2, 0-1) had won nine straight games overall and nine in a row against the Buffaloes, whose last win over a top-10 team was a 93-80 upset of third-ranked Texas on Feb. 4, 2003.
Burks’ previous career best was a 29-point effort at San Francisco on Nov. 20.
The Buffs took control early on behind Burks and a solid supporting cast. Cory Higgins scored 18, Levi Knutson added 13 and Austin Dufault had 12. Michael Dixon Jr.’s 17 points led the Tigers.
The Buffaloes led by 12 at the half and were up 18 early in the second half before the Tigers charged back, pulling to 79-72 with two minutes left on Marcus Denmon’s three-point play.
Missouri, which was outrebounded 47-33, couldn’t get any closer.
(Copyright: The Associated Press)