Jan. 19, 2000

By JOHN MOSSMAN
AP Sports Writer

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Jaquay Walls scored 19 of his 28 points in the second half and Colorado upset No. 17 Oklahoma 88-80 Wednesday night.

Colorado (10-6, 1-3 Big 12) outshot the Sooners 55 percent to 47 percent and made critical free throws down the stretch after Oklahoma (14-3, 2-2) fell behind by 12 points with 8:21 left and was forced to foul.

Walls had 17 points over the final 10:42, including 13 of 14 free throws.

Jamahl Mosley added 19 points and Will Smith had 15 for the Buffaloes, who snapped an 11-game losing streak to Oklahoma and who had lost 37 of their previous 39 games to the Sooners.

Eduardo Najera had 17 points and 14 rebounds for Oklahoma. Freshman guard Hollis Price, who fouled out late in the game, scored 15 points for the Sooners and Tim Heskett had 14.

Oklahoma, which trailed 44-38 at halftime, mounted a 7-0 run early in the second half and got within two points, but could get no closer.

Richard Fox's layup, Walls' two free throws and Smith's free throw gave Colorado its biggest lead, 68-56.

Price and Heskett hit 3-pointers as the Sooners cut the deficit to 70-66 with 4:48 left, but Walls countered with a 3-pointer from the corner and a running bank shot for a 75-66 lead with 3:28 to go.

Oklahoma's Kelly Newton hit two 3-pointers, but Colorado went 11-of-12 from the line over the final 1:19.

Colorado outscored Oklahoma 26-11 over the last 12 minutes of the first half to take its six-point halftime lead.

Oklahoma jumped ahead early with four straight 3-pointers, including three by Heskett, during a 12-2 run that produced a 27-18 lead with 12:07 left in the half.

But Colorado then made eight consecutive baskets, including two by Mosley and capped by two from Smith. That spurt highlighted an 18-8 run that gave Colorado a 36-35 lead.

After Najera's 3-pointer with 9:00 left in the half, the Sooners made only two field goals the rest of the half.

Mosley had 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting in the half as the Buffaloes shot 58 percent compared to the Sooners' 48 percent. Najera led the Sooners with 13 points and six rebounds in the first 20 minutes.