Men: Colorado 63, Oregon 62
By Michelle Smith
LOS ANGELES - Colorado likes the Pac-12 Tournament so much that the Buffaloes will hang around a little while longer.
Colorado got a big lay-up by Andre Roberson with 15 seconds left and then defended Oregon's last in-bounds play with 4.8 seconds on the clock to hold on for a thrilling 63-62 win in the final quarterfinal of the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament on Thursday night at Staples Center.
The Colorado players jumped and run to center court after pulling off the upset over the No. 3-seeded Ducks, who had won six of seven games coming in and were considered by some to be the favorite to win the tournament.
The Buffaloes will take on No. 2-seed Cal in Friday night's 8:30 p.m. semifinal at the Staples Center, the winner earning a berth to the conference tournament finals. The two teams split their regular-season meeting, the home team winning each game.
But first, a little time for celebration for Colorado.
The Colorado student section, the largest student gathering at the tournament thus far, rocked back and forth as the Buffaloes band played the school song after the victory.
"It's a gratifying feeling this time of year to win a game like that," said Colorado head coach Tad Boyle. "To me this is what basketball in March is all about. Our guys put forth the kind of effort that, as a coach, makes you really proud.
"Our guys kept our composure and we won the game with defense."
Roberson scored the winning basket in the paint, a place where most of the game's points were scored on this night. The two teams engaged in a bruising battle inside. Roberson finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for his second consecutive tournament double-double.
"We just wanted to keep attacking," Roberson said. "I just crashed the boards like I normally do and it fell into my hands and I got it up."
Oregon's E.J. Singler brought the ball back down the floor and had it knocked out of bounds with 4.8 seconds left. The Ducks assumed possession, but Devoe Joseph's game-winning 3-point attempt was long under tight defense on the wing.
Colorado had a 58-50 lead late in the second half, but Oregon was able to come back with a 10-0 run and assume a 60-58 lead before the Buffaloes pulled it out.
Carlon Brown was Colorado's leading scorer with 18 points.
Colorado out-scored Oregon 38-30 in the paint.
Oregon, at 22-9, heads home hopeful of a postseason berth after their strong late-season run.
Center Tony Woods led Oregon with 14. Joseph finished with 12 points and eight rebounds. Oregon had a 43-29 rebounding advantage in the game, but hit just 4 of 22 attempts from beyond the 3-point arc.