Pac-12 2017 Tournament: Arizona defeats Colorado, 92-78

March 10, 2017

Lauri Markkanen scored 20 points, Allonzo Trier added 19, and seventh-ranked Arizona pulled away in the second half for a 92-78 victory over Colorado on Thursday night in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals.

Dusan Ristic added 15 points for the Wildcats, who will play the winner between No. 3 UCLA and Southern California in Friday's semifinals.

The co-Pac-12 champions shot 56 percent, made ten three-pointers, and held nearly everyone -- except Derrick White -- in check on defense.  White finished with 31 points and Xavier Johnson had 20, but Colorado (19-14) had no answer when Arizona hit the gas in the second half.

Arizona (28-4) had a hard time shaking the Buffaloes before stretching the lead to 17 in the second half.

The first half turned into a duel between White and Trier. White had 15 points, Trier scored 12, and the Wildcats had a 38-37 lead at the break.

Arizona turned the second half into a rout. The Wildcats opened with an 11-0 run to push their lead to 12 points.

Colorado tried to fight back with a 6-0 run, but Rawle Alkins and Markkanen hit consecutive three-pointers to make it 60-47.

The Buffaloes cut it to nine after that, but got no closer.

By Staff of and news services

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