CU avoids late collapse to advance to Pac-12 tournament semifinals


LAS VEGAS — On to the semifinals.

The Colorado men’s basketball team dominated the first half before weathering a spirited Oregon State comeback bid in the second half, holding on for a 73-58 victory in the Pac-12 Conference quarterfinals Thursday at T-Mobile Arena.

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The fifth-seeded Buffaloes advanced to the conference semifinals for the first time since 2014, where they will face top-seeded Washington Friday night at 7 p.m. MT (Pac-12 Network).

CU raced to a 21-point lead in the first half and led 37-18 at halftime. Oregon State chipped away after the break while the Buffs struggled from the field, eventually cutting CU’s lead to six. A late 12-3 run by the Buffs iced the win, with reserve forward Alex Strating beginning the run with a nifty driving layup.

Strating put together the best game of his career while forwards Tyler Bey and Evan Battey battled foul trouble, going 4-for-6 from the field before finishing with a career-best 10 points. Point guard McKinley Wright went 8-for-8 at the free throw line and led CU with 17 points while also recording five rebounds and four assists. Five players finished in double figures in a balanced CU offense.

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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports

      

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