LAS VEGAS (AP) - Lauri Markkanen scored 20 points, Allonzo Trier added 19 and No. 7 Arizona pulled away in the second half for a 92-78 victory over Colorado on Thursday night in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals.
Arizona (28-4) had a hard time shaking the Buffaloes in the first half before stretching the lead to 17 in the second. The co-Pac-12 champions shot 56 percent, made 10 3-pointers and held nearly everyone except Derrick White in check on defense.
"We just did not guard well enough, especially in the second half and they out-rebounded us," Colorado associate head coach Jean Prioleau said during a post-game interview on 760 AM. "We expended energy, the guys competed and we talked about that just now with those guys. We just didn't have enough in the tank to stay at that level for 40 minutes.
White finished with 31 points and Xavier Johnson had 20, but Colorado (19-14) had no answer when Arizona hit the gas in the second half.
"After starting 0-7 to start the league, the guys never gave up," Prioleau said. "If we had that type of sense of urgency during the first part of the conference, and maybe we go 4-0 in those close games, maybe we would be in the tournament. To the younger guys, this was a learning experience."
Instead, Colorado must now wait to see if it gets a bid to the NIT Tournament.
"We'll just wait and see what happens," Prioleau said. "We'll get ourselves back to Boulder and see if we are lucky enough to be in the NIT. I don't know."