All week, Colorado men's basketball coach Tad Boyle warned his club the fourth-ranked UCLA Bruins was bound to hit its fair share of shots in the teams' Pac-12 Conference battle Thursday night.

However even Boyle probably didn't think the high-scoring Bruins could be quite this efficient from long-range.

After hanging close through the first half UCLA buried the Buffaloes in a hurry after halftime, knocking down a total of 19 3-pointers while pulling away to hand CU a 104-89 defeat at the Coors Events Center.

The loss dropped the Buffs to 0-4 in the Pac-12, giving the program its first winless mark through the first four conference games since the 2008-09 season, when CU lost its first four league games on the way to a 1-15 mark in the Big 12 Conference.

CU trailed 51-45 at halftime and remained within six points early in the second half when UCLA took charge, getting three 3-pointers from senior guard Bryce Alford in an 11-4 run that pushed the Bruins' lead to 13 points.

UCLA's 15th 3-pointer of the game extended the lead to 20 points with about 11 and a half minutes remaining, and the Bruins' advantage soon topped out at 21 points.

The Buffs made things mildly interesting with a 9-2 run that trimmed UCLA's lead to 14, and a 3-point play from CU's Derrick White cut the deficit to 13 with seven minutes to play. But UCLA immediately reeled off the next seven points, including Alford's sixth 3-pointer, to regain a 20-point edge.


Xavier Johnson paced five CU players in double figures by going 3-for-6 on 3-pointers and finishing with 21 points. Senior guard Derrick White scored 20 while George King added 13 points and five rebounds.

UCLA finished 19-for-31 on 3-pointers, with Alford making nine on a night where he scored a career-best 37 points.

The Buffs will try to finally pick up their first Pac-12 win Sunday night against No. 25 USC.

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