Higgins helps Colorado beat Texas Tech 101-90

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Cory

Higgins scored 30 points, Alec Burks added 24 and Colorado beat Texas

Tech 101-90 on Saturday in the Big 12 regular season final for both

teams.

Nick Okorie scored a career-high 34 points and Mike Singletary had 21 for Texas Tech, which has lost seven straight.

The

win was Colorado’s third straight and clinched the No. 8 seed in the

Big 12 Tournament, where it will face No. 9 Texas Tech again on

Wednesday. It marked Colorado’s first three-game conference winning

streak in seven years.

The Buffaloes (15-15, 6-10) used a 17-2

run early in the first half to blow open a close game. Led by Marcus

Relphorde’s 15 points, Colorado shot 59 percent in the first 20 minutes

and led 53-35 at the break.

The Red Raiders (16-14, 4-12)

trailed by double digits until Okorie’s 3-pointer made it 88-79. Texas

Tech got within eight in the final minutes but didn’t get any closer.

Updated March 6, 2010