Arizona used one of its best offensive performances of the season to defeat Colorado 92-78 Thursday night in Las Vegas and advance to the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament.
Dusan Ristic and Xavier Johnson scored to start the game. Wesley Gordon and Lauri Markkanen then followed before Dominique Collier made a free-throw.
Derrick White got a bucket, but Allonzo Trier answered. A three-point play proceeded to put the Buffs up 10-6 at the media timeout.
Trier made a three and Johnson answered with a three-point play. Parker Jackson-Cartwright then hit a three before White scored.
Kobi Simmons got on the board as did Chance Comanche. Kadeem Allen nailed a three and a free-throw by Tory Miller cut Arizona’s lead to 19-16 with 11:30 left.
Trier and Collier exchanged baskets before Lauri Markkanen made a three. Dusan Ristic made a free-throw and Allen added two of his own.
A bucket by White proceeded to cut Arizona’s lead to 27-20 with 7:43 remaining in the half.
Gordon made one free-throw and Miller scored. White made two free-throws, but Trier hit one and then scored to put the Wildcats up five.
Markkanen made two free-throws, but White scored. Comanche got a basket and White hit two free-throws.
Trier got a basket, but consecutive threes by Josh Fortune and White brought the Buffs within 36-35.
Johnson made two free-throws and Ristic scored as Arizona led 38-27 at halftime.
Markkanen started the half with a three and two free-throws. Ristic and Alkins both scored and Arizona built a 47-37 lead about three minutes into the half.
Ristic made a shot, but White hit two free-throws. Rawle Alkins hit a three before King scored. Trier connected with two from the line, but White responded with a three-point play.
Deleon Brown then made a three and Colorado came within 54-47 with 12:06 left.
Alkins and Markkanen made a free and Fortune hit a free-throw. Allen did as well before Trier made three from the line.
Ristic scored and White responded with a three. Ristic scored again and White once again made a three.
Alkins got in the lane and scored as Johnson came back with a three-point play to cut Arizona’s lead to 70-57 with 7:59 remaining in regulation.
King made two free-throws and Jackson-Cartwright made one. Johnson then hit a three and Ristic made a jumper.
Allen scored, but White quickly made two free-throws. Markkanen made one from the line before White hit a three.
A bucket by Allen proceeded to put the Wildcats up 78-67 with just under four minutes left.
Markkanen made a three and Johnson then scored. After a three by Alkins, Johnson hit one of his own, but Allen made a free-throw and that was more than enough.