Pac-12 roundup: Bruins bounce Buffaloes
Norman Powell matched his season high with 19 points and No. 25 UCLA pulled away in the second half to beat No. 21 Colorado 69-56 Thursday night in Boulder, Colo., handing the Buffaloes their first home loss of the season.
Jordan Adams had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and David Wear added 13 points for UCLA (14-3, 3-1), which has won consecutive games since a narrow loss to top-ranked Arizona a week ago.
Askia Booker scored 21 points and Josh Scott 19 for Colorado (14-4, 3-2). The Buffaloes were playing for the first time since guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who was leading the team in scoring, assists and steals, sustained a season-ending knee injury during last Sunday’s loss at Washington.
It was the first loss in 12 home games for the Buffaloes, who fell to 0-3 against UCLA since joining the Pac-12 three years ago. Colorado dropped to 1-7 overall against the Bruins, with its lone victory coming 52 years ago.
(1) Arizona 91, Arizona State 68: Nick Johnson had 17 points, Aaron Gordon added 16 and the top-ranked Wildcats jumped on the Sun Devils early in a 91-68 rout in Tucson, Ariz.
Arizona (18-0, 5-0) raced out to a 21-point lead in the first half and didn’t let up, extending the best start in school history with a flurry of dunks and 3-pointers.
The Wildcats put seven players in double figures, shot 56 percent and had 21 assists on 34 field goals to beat the Sun Devils for the sixth time in seven games.
Kaleb Tarczewski had 12 points and eight rebounds for Arizona.
Arizona State (13-5, 2-3) played without second-leading scorer Jermaine Marshall and had trouble with Arizona’s size all night, shooting 34 percent.
Utah 84, USC 66: Delon Wright scored 22 points, collected six rebounds, six steals and five assists to lift the Utes over the Trojans in Salt Lake City.
Dakarai Tucker added 18 points and made four 3-pointers while Jordan Loveridge chipped in 16 to help Utah (13-4, 2-3 Pac-12) snap a two-game losing streak.
USC (9-8, 0-4) lost despite shooting 50 percent (25 of 50) from the field. Utah matched the Trojans by shooting 49.2 percent (30 of 61). The Utes gained an advantage by also forcing 16 turnovers – including eight steals – and had a 27-14 edge in points off turnovers.
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