Askia Booker scored 21 points and keyed a late run, leading Colorado to a 59-56 win over scrappy Southern California in the opening round of the Pac-12 tournament on Wednesday.
Saturday night’s loss by CU to Arizona was the worst in the four-year era of coach Tad Boyle. But for if any reason he needs a reminder of how to bounce back from adversity, he needs to look no further than guard Askia Booker.
The Colorado Buffaloes had already pulled the ripcord on their free fall after star point guard Spencer Dinwiddie’s season-ending knee injury more than a month ago. What they got Wednesday night was the signature win to go with it.
Xavier Johnson scored a career-high 27 points, tops among three Colorado players with at least 20 points, as the Buffaloes routed Washington 91-65 on Sunday night.
Xavier Talton scored five of his 14 points in overtime, including the go-ahead 3-pointer to start the extra period, and Colorado overcame a 12-point second-half deficit to beat Utah 79-75 on Saturday.
Norman Powell matched his season high with 19 points and No. 25 UCLA pulled away in the second half to beat No. 21 Colorado 69-56 Thursday night, handing the short-handed Buffaloes their first home loss of the season.
Guard Spencer Dinwiddie was hurt and Washington ran away from No. 15 Colorado for a 71-54 victory Sunday.
Josh Scott scored eight of his 19 points in overtime as No. 15 Colorado held off Washington State 71-70 on Wednesday night.
Askia Booker scored a career-high 27 points, 11 in the last 4:40, and No. 20 Colorado rallied in the second half to hand No. 10 Oregon its first loss of the season, 100-91 on Sunday.
Josh Scott, Askia Booker and Jaron Hopkins all scored 13 points, and No. 20 Colorado hung on to beat Oregon State 64-58 on Thursday night in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.