Askia Booker scored a career-high 20 points as Colorado took advantage of California’s poor first half to win 81-71 on Sunday in Boulder, Colo.
Xavier Johnson had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Colorado (14-6, 4-4 Pac-12). Spencer Dinwiddie added 16 points and Andre Roberson 15 for the Buffaloes, winners of three straight.
Colorado improved to 9-1 at home despite 20 turnovers.
Justin Cobbs led California (11-8, 3-4) with 22 points. Allen Crabbe, the Pac-12’s leading scorer, had 21 points, but only four at halftime.
The Bears scored just 18 points in the first half, their lowest total of the season, while shooting 21 percent before the break. They improved to 61 percent in the second and finished at 42 percent.
Stanford 87, Utah 56: John Gage made all four of his 3-point attempts and scored a career-high 19 points to help Stanford rout Utah in Salt Lake City.
Chasson Randle added 17 points and eight rebounds while Josh Huestis chipped in 13 points and seven boards for the Cardinal (12-8, 3-4 Pac-12).
Justin Seymour scored 12 points for Utah (9-11, 1-7) and was the lone Ute player to score in double figures. The Utes have not beaten a Division I opponent at home since a 62-53 victory over SMU on Dec. 18.
The Cardinal shot 50 percent from the field overall and connected on 60 percent of their 3-pointers. They also controlled the glass, outrebounding Utah 43-27.