BOULDER, Colorado (Ticker) -- For a while, it appeared Colorado might post a rare win against second-ranked Kansas. Keith Langford had other plans.
Langford scored 11 of his 14 points in the final 11 minutes as Kansas held off Colorado's second-half charge for a 76-61 triumph in a Big 12 conference matchup.
With just one win in the last 31 meetings with the Jayhawks, the Buffaloes fell victim to an impressive first half by Wayne Simien and trailed, 38-25, at the break. Simien had 11 points and 10 rebounds in the opening 20 minutes.
Kansas scored seven straight points to open a 19-10 lead with 10 minutes remaining in the half. An 11-0 burst later in the first extended the advantage to 32-14.
Colorado (8-6, 0-3 Big 12) came out strong in the second half and climbed within 45-44 with 11:34 remaining, using a 19-7 run that saw Chris Copeland and Richard Roby score eight points apiece.
"When we made the run, we started knocking down shots, limiting their second-chance points and getting out and running," Roby said.
Langford then took charge, scoring the next six points for Kansas on a three-point play and a 3-pointer for a 54-46 edge. The senior guard added a layup and three free throws to make it 63-56 with 5:03 to go.
"He labored all day and we weren't getting rebounds and the altitude affected us," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "But when it got to one point, Langford really came through for us and made some big shots."
"Keith is clutch," Simien added. "If you want clutch, Keith is your guy. He not only creates opportunities for himself, he creates opportunities for others in clutch situations."
Colorado shot itself in the foot in the second half, committing 15 fouls, with Kansas converting 17-of-23 free throws.
"When you are coming back, you can't do that because mistakes cost you basketball games," Buffaloes coach Ricardo Patton said.
Simien had 23 points and 17 boards and J.R. Giddens added 11 and six for Kansas (13-0, 3-0), which concluded a three-game road trip.
"I think that our players are glad to be going home," Self said. "It seems like it has been forever since we have played there."
"Road wins are crucial, especially with us trying to win the Big 12 Conference, and wins on the road are really important because they are more difficult than the home games," Simien said.
Copeland scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Roby chipped in 14 for the Buffaloes, who have dropped two straight at home after a 15-game winning streak at the Coors Event Center.
"It was a really good effort by our guys," Patton said. "Unfortunately, we couldn't come out with the win. Hopefully, it is something we can build on."