No. 10 Colorado advances past No. 7 Florida on last-second jumper; Buffaloes to face No. 2 Marquette

INDIANAPOLIS — No. 10 seed Colorado hung on in a track meet against No. 7 seed Florida, taking down the Gators 102-100 on KJ Simpson’s jumper from the right baseline with 1.7 seconds remaining in regulation. Florida guard Walter Clayton Jr.’s half-court heave at the buzzer smacked off the backboard.

Colorado has now advanced from the First Four to a second-round NCAA Tournament matchup against second-seeded Marquette. The Buffaloes did so after blowing a 13-point lead with 4:49 remaining. Colorado’s Cody Williams made one of two free throws to give the Buffaloes a 100-97 lead with 14.7 seconds remaining before Clayton buried a pull-up 3 with 9.5 seconds remaining to tie the score.

This marks the 10th time this season the Buffaloes have scored at least 90 points and the second time they’ve eclipsed 100. Simpson, a first-team All-Pac-12 pick, scored a team-high 23 points, while Eddie Lampkin Jr. was a force down low (21 points). Colorado’s players stayed on the court for several minutes after the game celebrating and dancing.

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