This time, there was no collapse or controversy that would sting Colorado with a bitterness that was hard to shake. This time, there were...
BOULDER, Colo. — This time, there was no collapse or controversy that would sting Colorado with a bitterness that was hard to shake. This time, there were fans storming the court in celebration.
Spencer Dinwiddie scored 21 points and freshman Xavier Johnson added a season-high 19 points and nine rebounds as Colorado avenged a painful overtime loss at Arizona with a 71-58 rout of the ninth-ranked Wildcats on Thursday night.
On Jan. 3, the Buffaloes’ apparent game-winning three-pointer in Tucson was waived off at the end of regulation even though replays showed Sabatino Chen’s shot was taken in time. The smarting Buffaloes got smoked in overtime, then went into a prolonged funk, dropping three of their next four.
“Of course, we were disappointed in ourselves for the way we closed it out and it goes without saying that we were disappointed with the call at the end,” Dinwiddie said. “Of course, this was a revenge game.”
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His coach would disagree, but certainly the student section that emptied onto the floor would side with Dinwiddie.
The Buffaloes (17-7, 7-5) have won six of seven, and this win over the Wildcats (20-4, 8-4) was by far their most impressive yet. They played stingy defense, moved the ball efficiently, held their own on the boards and controlled the tempo from tipoff to buzzer.
At California 76, UCLA 63
David Kravish had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Richard Solomon added 17 points and eight rebounds, and California eased past UCLA.
Pac-12 leading scorer Allen Crabbe had 15 of his 16 points in the first half to help the Golden Bears (15-9, 7-5) sprint out to a 28-point lead before the break. He added five assists and five rebounds as Cal held off the Bruins (18-7, 8-4) for its fourth win in five games, including three over the conference’s top teams.
Jordan Adams scored 15 points, and Shabazz Muhammad had 13 points and 11 rebounds, for UCLA. After two wins last weekend, the Bruins are back to chasing Arizona and Oregon for the league lead.
The Bears blitzed the Bruins from the opening tip. Getting a lift from a raucous home crowd, the only thing flashier than Cal’s slick passing and penetration was its swagger. High-rising dunks. No-look passes. Blocked shots that landed in the stands.
USC 65, at Stanford 64
Jio Fontan scored 15 points and USC survived a late rally by Stanford. Dewayne Dedmon added 13 points and eight rebounds and J.T. Terrell had 12 points for the Trojans (12-13, 7-5), who have won four in a row. USC had lost nine of its previous 10 games at Maples Pavilion.
USC also swept the season series.
Josh Huestis led the Cardinal (15-10, 6-6) with a career-high 22 points. Chasson Randle scored 16 points, including four three-pointers, but missed a three attempt at the buzzer for Stanford.
Dwight Powell had 17 rebounds, the most by a Cardinal since Brook Lopez had 15 boards in 2008.