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Trailing 24-8, the Buffs relied on a balanced offense and opportunistic defense to go on an 18-6 run that pulled them within 30-26 and ignited the rare sellout crowd at the Coors Events Center, which for once had Buffs fans outnumbering the Jayhawks' faithful.
Kansas led 34-28 at halftime and coach Bill Self had to be disappointed in the Jayhawks' uncharacteristic yips at the free-throw line, where they were just 6 of 15.
The Buffs were 1 of 5 from the line, but having recovered from their early deficit, they were the ones who took the momentum into the locker room.
Knutson hit quick consecutive 3-pointers from the right corner, in front of his bench, to tie it and force Kansas to call a timeout less than 90 seconds into the second half.
From then on, it was a close, thrilling game.
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