SALT LAKE CITY -- Colorado fans are going to remember Spencer Dinwiddie's two missed free throws down the stretch.
The Buffs' best free-throw shooter missed a costly one with his team trailing 54-51 with 1:55 remaining, and another key free throw with a chance to tie the game with 53.6 seconds left.
Those missed opportunities helped Utah, which was 10-for-14 at the line, hold on for a dramatic 58-55 victory over CU on Saturday at the Huntsman Center.
Tad Boyle will be just as haunted by the four missed free throws by the Buffs in the first half and the two free throws Utah made after the visiting head coach was called for a technical foul in the second half.
"You have to make free throws on the road to get wins. We missed too many free throws," Boyle said after the Buffs finished 10-for-18 (55.6 percent) from the free throw line. "It has been the Achilles' heel of this team all year long and it cost us again. It's not just the last free throws, it's also the first-half free throws."
Everyone focuses on the fact that Sabatino Chen's potential game-winning 3-pointer at the end of regulation was taken away by officials in the overtime loss at Arizona to begin Pac-12 play.
The Buffs also missed 12 free throws that night in Tucson to help the Wildcats complete a comeback from 17 points down.
Utah retired the famous sweater worn by legendary coach Rick Majerus, who guided the Utes to the 1998 national title game. Denver Nuggets point guard Andre Miller was among the former Utah standouts in attendance for the ceremony.
"I think it needs to be said that he's one of the greatest college basketball coaches of all time," said Keith Van Horn, one of Majerus' All-Americans at Utah.
In the first home game after Majerus' Dec. 1 death, Utah shot 67.5 percent from the field during a 77-56 victory over Boise State.
Boyle never met Majerus but has heard stories from Tom Abatemarco, a former Utah assistant, and Nuggets head coach George Karl, one of the Majerus' best friends.
"Coach Karl speaks glowingly about him, as most people do," Boyle said. "He did a lot for our game and it's nice that they honored him."
Not Ski (or 3) season
Askia Booker played despite being sick on Friday night and Saturday. The sophomore shooting guard was just 3-for-14 from the field with eight points and three rebounds in 37 minutes.
Booker was 0-for-5 behind the arc. CU is 9-for-55 (16.4 percent) from 3-point distance in its last four Pac-12 road games.
Utah's Cedric Martin was 3-for-6 from distance, including a 3-pointer that went in off glass to give the Utes their largest lead (49-27).
Redshirts on trip
Wesley Gordon and Chris Jenkins, who are redshirting this season, made the short trip to Utah with the team because there was no missed class time. Boyle said he is pleased with how the two freshmen are developing behind the scenes.
"There are certain days in practice when they look pretty darn good. Now, sometimes it's because they're fresh and not having to play a lot of minutes and not having to travel," Boyle said. "They're both coming along nicely. The jury will still be out as far as how they acclimate next year, but I expect good things from both of them."
Former CU star Alec Burks scored two points and grabbed four rebounds in 21 minutes for Utah on Friday night during an 86-77 Jazz victory over Portland here at the Energy Solutions Center.
Burks, in his second season in the NBA, was averaging 5.1 points and 1.7 rebounds entering Saturday night's rematch in Portland.
CU leads the all-time series against their new Pac-12 and former Mountain States Conference rivals 23-16.
The Buffs were seeking their third consecutive win in Salt Lake City, something CU hasn't accomplished since 1938-40 during the Frosty Cox era.
CU's 12 offensive rebounds led to a 15-6 edge on second-chance points for the visitors. ... Xavier Johnson followed up his double-double (18 points, 12 rebounds) against Cal with six points and 10 rebounds against Utah. ... The detail-oriented Buffs used Wilson basketballs, the official basketball of the Utes, leading up to the game instead of their usual Nike balls.
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