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Texas Southern vs. Colorado final score: Buffaloes avoid upset scare in double OT, down Tigers, 85-80

It wasn't easy, and it took two overtimes, but the Buffaloes stayed unbeaten by defeating Texas Southern, 85-80, on Tuesday night.

Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE

The No. 19 Colorado Buffaloes were able to stay undefeated Tuesday night against the Texas Southern Tigers, but it wasn't a smooth route to the 85-80 victory.

At halftime, Texas Southern held a 39-29 lead behind guard Omar Strong's 20 points in the opening half. The Buffaloes struggled out of the gate, shooting 30.4 percent as a team from the field for the half.

Colorado used an 11-0 run to start the second half, but the rest of the game was a scratch-and-claw contest, as a late defensive stop by the Buffaloes forced overtime. Askia Booker knocked in a three-pointer from the corner late in the period to give Colorado a three point lead, but Texas Southern's Lawrence Johnson-Danner answered with a three-pointer of his own to tie the contest and force a second overtime.

The Buffaloes got out to a 5-0 start in double overtime and never looked back en route to their sixth win of the season. Spencer Dinwiddie led Colorado with 23 points, while Andre Roberson (11 points, 12 rebounds) and Josh Scott (19 points, 12 rebounds) both put up double-doubles.

Strong finished with a career-high 39 points for the Tigers, drilling nine three-pointers and going 13-of-28 overall from the field. He was one of two Texas Southern players to hit double figures in scoring, along with Fred Sturdivant, who added 12 points off the bench.