Men's Pac-12 Tournament

Wednesday's games

No. 9 Oregon State 69, No. 8 Washington State 64

No. 5 UCLA 55, No. 12 USC 40

No. 7 Stanford 85, No. 10 Arizona State 65

No. 6 Colorado 53, No. 11 Utah 41

Thursday's games

No. 9 Oregon St. vs. No. 1 Washington, 1:10 p.m., Root Sports

No. 5 UCLA vs. No. 4 Arizona, 3:40 p.m., Root Sports

No. 7 Stanford vs. No. 2 California, 7:10 p.m., Root Sports

No. 6 Colorado vs. No. 3 Oregon, 9:40 p.m., Root Sports

Friday's games

First semifinal game, 7:10 p.m., Root Sports

Second semifinal game, 9:40 p.m., Root Sports

Saturday's game

Championship, 4:10 p.m., KCNC (4)

LOS ANGELES -- Andre Roberson was a Utah killer during the regular season.

And the Buffs' super sophomore made sure the Utes were put out of their misery at the Pac-12 Tournament.

Roberson scored 20 points and broke the program's 57-year-old single-season rebounding record during Colorado's 53-41 victory over Utah late Wednesday night at the Staples Center.

The Buffs (20-11) have won 20 games in consecutive seasons for the first time in history.

"We have an opportunity to leave a legacy,"  second-year CU head coach Tad Boyle said.  "And this tem has done that."

No. 6 CU will play No. 3 Oregon in the quarterfinals tonight (9:40 p.m., Root Sports).

"I feel everybody is beatable in this league,"  freshman guard Askia Booker said of a rematch with the Ducks, who avenged a last-second 72-71 loss in Boulder with a 90-81 win over CU a week ago in Eugene.  "We beat then here, they beat us there. It's 1-1 right now and we'd love to settle that little tie.

"But it doesn't matter who we run into. We can compete with anybody in this league."

Roberson, who averaged 14.5 points and 16.5 rebounds during CU's wins over Utah in Boulder (73-33) and Salt Lake City (55-48), had 11 rebounds to give him 347 this season.

Burdette "Birdie" Haldorson grabbed 346 rebounds while leading the Buffs to the Final Four in 1954-55. Roberson also passed Cliff Meely (337, 1968-69) and Shaun Vandiver (336, 1989-90) along the way to the record.

"It means a lot,"  Roberson, the Pac-12's leading rebounder, said of the milestone.  "But I'm not really into the individual praise."

The Buffs got off to a shaky start to the conference tournament.

After taking a quick 4-0 lead, the boys from Boulder went 11 minutes and 14 seconds without a field goal.

The Utes (6-25) -- who were coming off a humiliating 94-48 loss at Oregon, where they fell behind 32-2 -- scored 11 unanswered points but missed four free throws during the run.

Roberson ended the drought with a steal and slam to cut the CU deficit to 11-6 with 8:24 remaining in the first half.

A 3-pointer by Roberson gave CU a 17-14 lead.

Carlon Brown, who played three seasons at Utah before transferring, appeared to give the Buffs the momentum with a steal and dunk of his own to make it a five-point cushion with 16.2 seconds left in the half.

Dijon Farr hit a 3-pointer at the intermission to make the score 25-23 at the intermission.

CU shot 36.4 percent from the field through 20 minutes, including a 1-for-7 effort behind the arc, while allowing the offensively-challenged Utes to shoot 47.4 percent.

Utah also had a 16-11 edge on the glass. Roberson had 12 points and four rebounds at the break.

"We didn't play our best basketball,"  Boyle said.  "We probably set the game (of basketball) back. But we grinded it out."

A basket by Kareem Storey tied the score 13 seconds into the second half, but the Buffs played with much more intensity and passion from that point and rattled off the next 10 points.

The Utes, who didn't win a game outside the Huntsman Center all season, answered with a 3-pointer from Chris Hines and a powerful dunk by Jason Washburn.

CU went 8:18 without a field goal in the second half, which allowed Utah to close the gap to 35-33.

"We never got in a rhythm offensively,"  Boyle said.  "It was an ugly night, but it was a win."

Brown made two tough field goals in the paint and the Buffs made four straight free throws to get some breathing room.

Boyle called a timeout with 2:59 left to design a play, and Roberson threw a lob pass to Austin Dufault for an wasy basket to make the score 45-35.

Brown finished with 15 points and seven rebounds against his former team.

The Buffs were 22-for-22 at the free-throw line whole the Utes finished 9-for-18.

CU's NCAA Tournament hopes remain alive and their NIT resume has a little more polish.

"Unlike a couple other teams where postseason is guaranteed for them, for us it's not,"  senior point guard Nate Tomlinson said.  "One game at a time. Hopefully we'll have four of them."

Notable

It was Boyle's 100th win as a college head coach (44-25 at CU, 56-66 at Northern  Colorado). ... Roberson notched his 100th career block. ... Dufault played despite spraining an anle during Monday's practice. The senior forward finished with six points and five rebounds.

 

Colorado 53, Utah 41

UTAH

FG FT Reb

Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Farr 29 3-7 1-1 1-4 0 1 8

Washburn 37 4-13 3-4 1-6 2 1 11

Hines 39 3-10 0-0 1-6 2 4 8

Storey 23 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 5 2

Martin 30 1-5 0-4 0-4 0 4 3

Odunsi 19 2-2 4-7 0-3 2 5 8

Mortensen 2 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 1 1

Perkins 8 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0

Dawson 12 0-2 0-0 1-5 0 1 0

Wilkinson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Totals 200 14-40 9-18 6-33 7 23 41

 

Percentages: FG .350, FT .500.

3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (Hines 2-8, Farr 1-2, Martin 1-5, Washburn 0-1).

Team Rebounds: 3.

Blocked Shots: 5 (Washburn 5).

Turnovers: 18 (Hines 4, Washburn 3, Farr 3, Perkins 2, Storey 2, Martin 2, Odunsi, Dawson).

Steals: 5 (Hines 2, Martin, Storey, Washburn).

Technical Fouls: Bench.

COLORADO

FG FT Reb

Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Roberson 35 5-9 9-12 3-11 2 1 20

Dufault 28 2-8 2-2 2-5 0 4 6

Tomlinson 33 0-3 0-1 0-1 2 1 0

Dinwiddie 30 1-4 8-8 0-0 1 4 10

Brown 31 6-11 3-6 1-8 1 1 15

Booker 18 1-6 0-0 0-1 0 0 2

Sharpe 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Harris-Tunks 10 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0

Chen 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Adams 9 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 4 0

Totals 200 15-43 22-29 6-30 6 17 53

 

Percentages: FG .349, FT .759.

3-Point Goals: 1-11, .091 (Roberson 1-2, Brown 0-1, Booker 0-1, Dufault 0-2, Dinwiddie 0-2, Tomlinson 0-3).

Team Rebounds: 2.

Blocked Shots: 3 (Brown, Roberson, Harris-Tunks).

Turnovers: 9 (Booker 2, Roberson 2, Tomlinson, Dinwiddie, Dufault, Brown, Adams).

Steals: 10 (Brown 4, Roberson 2, Dinwiddie 2, Tomlinson 2).

Technical Fouls: None.

Utah 23 18--41

Colorado 25 28--53

 

A -- 6,747.

Officials -- Mike Littlewood, Chris Rastatter, Jim Giron.