Wildcats come up big in win over Colorado

It was arguably the biggest game of the season for Arizona and the Wildcats were able to outplay Colorado for the majority of it en route to a 71-57 win on Thursday night at McKale.

In a game that many would call the biggest of the season, Arizona came up big when it needed to most as it defeated Colorado 71-57 Thursday night at McKale.

Arizona jumped out to a 4-3 lead behind a three-pointer by Kyle Fogg and a Nick Johnson free throw. However, Andre Roberson and Carlon Brown came back and scored buckets to take the lead away and go up 7-4 with about 16 minutes left in the first half.

The teams then exchanged numerous points, until a jumper by Fogg and three-pointer by Solomon Hill tied the game at 16 with about 13 minutes left. Jesse Perry then added two of his own and the Wildcats were able to grab the 18-16 lead.

Roberson proceeded to tie the game at 18, but Hill came right back with two to grab the 20-18 lead going into a timeout with 10:33 left in the first half. A three-point play by Spencer Dinwiddie a few minutes later cut the lead to 22-21 with a little bit under eight minutes in the half, as Arizona's offense started to become a little stagnant.

Both teams started to struggle tremendously on offense with the game basically being played at the free throw line. Hill hit one and then was matched by two from Colorado's Askia Booker before Chol hit two of his own to give Arizona the 25-23 lead with 3:58 left in the half. Nick Johnson then proceeded to hit a three out of the timeout and Hill added a free throw and jumper to extend Arizona's lead to 31-23 and force a timeout with 1:47 left.

Fogg then went to the free-throw line and nailed one of two to give the Wildcats their biggest lead of the night. Austin Dufault hit a jumper to bring Colorado to within seven points with 40 seconds left in the half. However, Hill hit a turnaround and Tomlinson hit a three to make the halftime score 34-28 in favor of the Wildcats.

The second half could not have started much worse for Arizona, as both Brown and Roberson had four points answered only by two from Perry and the Buffs tied the game at 36 less than four minutes into the second. Arizona got the lead back with a baseline jumper by Angelo Chol, but Brown came right back and matched it.

The offense for both teams quieted once again, as a free-throw by Turner gave Arizona a one-point lead until a little over 11 minutes left when Shane Harris-Tunks hit a free-throw to tie the game at 39. The tie gave did not last long, however, as Perry was able to hit a two and Turner added a three-point play off a lob by Johnson to give Arizona the five-point lead.

The teams then exchanged baskets before Johnson hit two free throws to extend the UA lead to 48-41 with about nine minutes left in the second half. Brown tried to get something going with a free throw, but Fogg answered with a jumper and then Hill got fouled off a steal and hit a free throw to make it 51-42 with 8:23 left.

Arizona's lead stayed at nine until Dufault scored on an offensive rebound with a little under six minutes left. However, Turner came back only seconds later to bring the lead right back to nine. After a dunk by Dufault, Perry came up with a three-point play to put the Wildcats up 10. Booker was able to get two free throws off a blocking foul that was originally called a charge.

However, Perry hit two free throws of his own and then rebounded a Lavender miss, as the bucket made it 62-50 with 3:35 left. CU tried to stage a bit of a comeback with a jumper by Dinwiddie followed a layup that cut the lead to 62-54 with 3:00 left in regulation. The next time down court, Fogg missed a jumper and Hill dunked it home on an offensive rebound, basically ending the game as the Wildcats led by ten with a little over two minutes left.

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