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Lauri Markkanen scores 22 points as No. 17 Arizona beats Colorado

Colorado guard Xavier Johnson, left, and Arizona guard Kadeem Allen battle for a loose ball during the second half  Saturday  in Tucson, Arizona. (Rick Scuteri / Associated Press)
Colorado guard Xavier Johnson, left, and Arizona guard Kadeem Allen battle for a loose ball during the second half Saturday in Tucson, Arizona. (Rick Scuteri / Associated Press)
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TUCSON, Ariz. – Lauri Markkanen scored 22 points, shooting 4 of 5 on 3-pointers, Kadeem Allen made all three of his 3s en route to a career-high 18 and No. 17 Arizona held off a late Colorado surge to beat the Buffaloes 82-73 on Saturday night.

Dusan Ristic scored 17 for the Wildcats (15-2, 4-0 Pac-12), who led by 20 points early in the second half before the Buffaloes (10-6, 0-3) rallied to cut it to five late.

Xavier Johnson, ejected Thursday night in the first half of Colorado’s 78-77 loss at Arizona State, led the Buffaloes with 26 points, one shy of his career high. Wesley Gordon added 16.

George King had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Buffaloes, who outrebounded the bigger Wildcats 38-32.

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