Arizona played a poor second half and was dominated on the glass, but did just enough to defeat Colorado 82-78 on Thursday and advance to play Oregon in the Pac-12 Tournament Semifinals.
Ryan Anderson started the game with a three-point play and Allonzo Trier quickly added a three. Josh Scott put Colorado on the board, but Trier quickly made a jumper. Gabe York then made a three and Kadeem Allen scored to put Arizona up 13-2 at the media timeout.
Scott scored two consecutive buckets out of the timeout before Allen made one of two from the line.
Parker Jackson-Cartwright hit a three before Xavier Talton made two free-throws. Anderson and Dusan Ristic proceeded to both hit jumpers and a three by Trier extended the lead to 24-10.
Wesley Gordon made one free-throw and Gabe York scored. George King then had a three-point play, but Anderson and York responded with a basket each.
Allen made a three and Scott quickly got a dunk. York then made a floater and followed with a dunk off a turnover.
Gordon scored twice to end the half and Arizona went into halftime up 37-20.
Kaleb Tarczewski made two free-throws and King responded with a basket. Gordon then scored, but Trier got five consecutive points. Two free-throws by King proceeded to cut the Arizona lead to 44-26 at the media timeout.
Scott scored and Thomas Akyazili picked up a three-point play. Allen and Tory Miller made two free-throws before Allen got a bucket.
Tre’Shaun Fletcher scored a bucket and made two free-throws, but a basket by Tarczewski put Arizona up 50-37 with 11:45 left.
Trier made two free-throws and added a three-point play. King hit a three, but Anderson scored. Akyazili made a three and Fortune scored as well.
Trier got on the line for two and Comanche and King made one each. Two more free-throws from Comanche put Arizona up 61-46 with under eight minutes to go.
Dusan Ristic made a free-throw and King made two. King then scored and Trier hit two at the line. Fortune got a bucket and King added another. A three-point play by Scott proceeded to cut the lead to 64-57 with five minutes remaining.
Allen scored, but King hit two free-throws. Anderson then hit one and Arizona took a 67-59 lead with 3:36 left.
Anderson made two free-throws and Talton did as well. Anderson made two more, but a three-pointer by Fortune brought the Buffs within seven.
Anderson got a three-point play and Scott responded with one of his own. Talton then scored to cut the lead to five.
Jackson-Cartwright made his free-throws and Akyazili made a layup. Trier made two free-throws and Fortune hit a three as the Buffs came within four with 19 seconds left.
York would soon miss two free-throws and King made a three to cut the Arizona leads to two with 1.9 left.
Colorado then fouled York again and he made both, sealing the victory.