Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson made consecutive 3-pointers to give Illinois the lead with 6 minutes left and the seventh-seeded Illini pulled out a tough 57-49 win over Colorado in a game of wild momentum swings Friday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Nick Johnson scored 18 points and hit a contested shot with 34 seconds left, helping No. 18 Arizona beat Colorado 79-69 in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals on Thursday.
A snowstorm blowing outside wasn’t nearly as chilly as Colorado coach Tad Boyle’s postgame speech. For a team hoping to make the NCAA tournament, the Buffaloes dropped a game they simply couldn’t afford to drop. He let them know exactly that.
Spencer Dinwiddie scored 24 points, including six free throws in the final two minutes, as Colorado held off Oregon State for a 72-68 win Sunday night.
Colorado’s strong first-half play was enough to make up for a less effective second half.
Andre Roberson scored 12 points and tied his career high with 20 rebounds, leading Colorado to a 75-54 rout of Stanford on Thursday night. It marked the Buffaloes’ first win over the Cardinal in 22 years.
C.J. Wilcox scored 25 points and Washington used another stingy defensive effort to stymie Colorado 64-54 on Wednesday night.
Travis Wear scored 14 of his career-high 23 points in the second half and Jordan Adams’ two free throws with 7 seconds left sealed UCLA’s ninth straight victory, 78-75 over Colorado on Saturday.
Josh Scott scored 14 points and Askia Booker added 12 to help Colorado snap a two-game skid by holding off USC 66-60 on Thursday night.
Carrick Felix scored 20 points, Jordan Bachynski had 16 points and nine blocked shots, and Arizona State pulled away from cold-shooting Colorado down the stretch to beat the Buffaloes 65-56 on Sunday night.
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