Men: Colorado 53, Utah 41
By Michelle Smith
LOS ANGELES - One team was going to come out of the final game on the opening day of the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament with its first-ever win in this event.
Turns out that team was Colorado.
In a battle of the newest conference entrants, the Buffaloes advanced by beating Utah, 53-41, moving on to face third-seeded Oregon Thursday at 8:30 p.m. The two teams split their regular-season series in a pair of tight matchups.
Colorado, the No. 6 seed, notched its 20th win of the season by defeating the Utes for the third time this season. The Buffaloes have posted 20 wins for consecutive seasons for the first time in program history.
The Buffaloes were led by Andre Roberson with a 20-point, 11-rebound effort for his 17th double-double to lead the Pac-12. Guard Carlon Brown added 15 points.
Colorado was out-rebounded and made just 1 of 11 3-point attempts, but the Buffaloes took advantage of Utah's struggling offense and 18 Utes turnovers.
Colorado coach Tad Boyle, who collected his 100th career win, admitted it was an "ugly" game.
"I know we set the game back a little bit tonight," Boyle said. "I'm sure it was an ugly one to watch, but we grinded it out. We did what we had to do to win a game."
Brown said the win was building on defensive rebounding.
"It really helped us throughout the whole game," Brown said. "Without that, we wouldn't have won…Some days we're going to be hot, but today just wasn't one of those days."
Utah (6-25) finished the season with 11 losses in 12 games. The Utes scored a season-low 41 points on 35 percent shooting.
Center Jason Washburn was the only Utes player in double figures with 11 points, going 4 of 13 from the field.