Wildcats fall short

Arizona had its opportunities Saturday, but fell short, losing to Colorado in the Pac-12 finals.

Colorado started off with a 5-1 lead behind a three-pointer by Spencer Dinwiddie. Jesse Perry then cut it to a two-point deficit, but Dinwiddie hit another three before the teams exchanged baskets and a timeout was called with the Buffaloes up 10-5 with 14:42 left in the first half. Kyle Fogg proceeded to hit one of two free-throw attempts and Brendon Lavender added an open three-pointer to bring the CU lead down to 10-9 with 11:46 left in the half.

Austin Dufault then extended the lead, but Perry answered him. Dinwiddie proceeded to hit his third three-pointer of the game, which was matched by Fogg before Andre Roberson scored two consecutive baskets to grab the 19-14 lead and force the Wildcats to call timeout with 8:23 left. Lavender hit a three-pointer out of the timeout to bring Arizona to within 19-17 before a Perry offensive rebound tied it.

A three-pointer by Fogg gave Arizona its first lead of the game, but it did not last long, as Shane Harris-Tunks made an easy basket. Nick Johnson then responded with a three and Roberson came back with a two before Fogg hit one of two free throws to give Arizona the 26-23 lead with 3:40 left. Carlon Brown singlehandedly gave the Buffs the lead back with two from the free-throw line and a fade away jumper, but Hill had an answer and Arizona led 28-27 with under two minutes left.

Jeremy Adams hit one of two free throws and then made a layup to give the Buffaloes a two-point lead with about 30 seconds left. Arizona took possession and could not do anything with it, as the Wildcats went into halftime down 30-28.

The teams exchanged numerous baskets to start the second half before brown and Nate Tomlinson scored buckets to give Colorado the 38-32 lead with 15:51 left. Hill tried to get something going with a free throw, but Roberson hit a three-pointer and Adams nailed a free-throw to extend the lead to nine with under 15 minutes left. Two free throws by Dufault extended the lead to 11 and the Buffs had the Wildcats on the ropes.

Fogg had an opportunity for a three-point play, but missed the free throw, bringing Arizona to within nine. Perry was able to make one of two free throws and the Wildcats went into a timeout with 13:12 left down 44-36. Arizona was not able to get anything going at all, as Dinwiddie found himself open in the corner for a three and Brown proceeded to make one free-throw to bring the lead to 48-36 with 11:44 left.

The teams then exchanged baskets before Chol made a layup to bring the Wildcats to within ten points with just under eight minutes left. Arizona tried its hardest not to go quietly, as Hill scored, Perry added a free throw, and Hill made another layup to force Colorado to call timeout, up 50-45 with 3:51 left in regulation.

The scoring then shut down until Roberson went to the line with 1:23 left and proceeded to make one of two free throws for the six-point lead. Perry was then fouled going up for a layup and made both free throws to bring Arizona to within four points. However, Brown came back with a monster dunk over Hill , but Arizona had a chance to win when Fogg hit two free throws and Hill made a layup after a Colorado turnover. Fogg had a chance to win it not too long after, but could not get a good shot, thus ending Arizona's postseason chances.


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