Colorado 65, Pepperdine 61
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) _ Jamahl Mosley scored 23 points and Jacquay Walls 17 as Colorado beat Pepperdine 65-61 in an NIT first-round game Wednesday night.
Pepperdine had four players in the double figures and led 32-29 at the half, but the difference was at the free-throw line, where the Buffaloes had a 16-4 edge in the second half and 19-6 for the game.
After setting a Big 12 tournament record with 14 3-pointers in a loss to Texas, Colorado beat visiting Pepperdine despite missing all nine of its 3-point attempts.
Pepperdine led 61-60 after a basket by Kelvin Gibbs with 1:41 left. Mosley put the Buffs up for good 14 seconds later with one of his eight field goals.
After a Pepperdine turnover, Walls hit one of two free throws to make it 63-61 with 16 seconds remaining.
Pepperdine’s Jelani Gardner missed a jumper and Walls grabbed the rebound. He was fouled one second before the buzzer and hit both free throws to put it away.
Gardner was the Pepperdine’s leading scorer coming into the game, but was held to just four points on 1-for-11 shooting from the field, including 0-for-6 from 3-point range.
Nick Sheppard had 12 points in the losing effort for Pepperdine. Tommie Prince added 11, while Gibbs and Marc McDowell had 10 apiece.
Mosley and Walls combined for 16 of the 19 free throws made by Colorado.
The Buffs face Colorado State in the second round. Colorado State defeated Mississippi State 69-56 Wednesday night.