Colorado holds Utah to season-low points in 67-55 victory
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — McKinley Wright scored 21 points, Lucas Siewert had 13 and Colorado held Utah to a season-low point total in beating the Utes 67-55 on Friday night.
George King added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Colorado (13-10, 5-6 Pac-12), which snapped a three-game skid as well as a seven-game losing streak to Utah (13-9, 5-6).
It was Wright's fifth 20-plus point game this season and first since he also had 21 points against Iowa on Dec. 22.
Utah did not have a player score in double figures and was outshot by the Buffaloes 43.1 to 35.1 percent. David Collette's eight points led the Utes, whose previous low point total came in an 85-58 loss to UNLV on Nov. 22.
Utah got consecutive baskets from Justin Bibbins and Jayce Johnson to pull to 34-27 but Siewert then hit a pair of 3s on successive possessions and D'Shawn Schwartz offset a 3-pointer by Utah's Donnie Tillman with one of his own, putting the Buffaloes up by 13.
The Buffaloes stretched their lead to 52-35 on a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws by King. Colorado maintained its double-digit advantage the rest of the way.
Colorado closed the first half with a 10-0 burst over the last 4:46 of the period to take a 27-20 lead.
Wright touched off the flurry with a 3-pointer and capped it with a turnaround jumper that just beat the first-half buzzer.
Utah: The Utes struggled offensively, especially from 3-point range, going 7 for 23 in losing to Colorado for the first time in four years. Bibbins, their leading scorer, epitomized their struggles, going 3 for 11 from the field, including 0 for 5 from beyond the arc.
Colorado: Colorado's up-and-down season appears on the upswing again with a solid performance against a league rival. The Buffaloes' youthful squad has been inconsistent but they have shown they are good enough to beat some well-regarded teams when they play at their best.
Utah: Returns home to host Stanford on Thursday night.
Colorado: Continues a three-game homestand by hosting California on Wednesday night.