Askia Booker scored a career-high 20 points as Colorado took advantage of California's poor first half to win 81-71 Sunday. Xavier Johnson had 18...
BOULDER, Colo. — Askia Booker scored a career-high 20 points as Colorado took advantage of California’s poor first half to win 81-71 Sunday.
Xavier Johnson had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Colorado (14-6, 4-4). Spencer Dinwiddie added 16 points and Andre Roberson 15 for the Buffaloes, winners of three straight.
Colorado improved to 9-1 at home despite turning the ball over 20 times.
Justin Cobbs led California (11-8, 3-4) with 22 points. Allen Crabbe, the Pac-12’s leading scorer, had 21 points, but only four at halftime.
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The Bears scored just 18 points in the first half, their lowest total of the season, while shooting 21 percent before the break. They improved to 61 percent in the second half and finished at 42 percent.
The Buffs began conference play 1-4, so reaching .500 “is really a positive sign,” said coach Tad Boyle. “But when we were 1-4, we wanted to get to 2-4. … We worried about the next game. But we’re not happy being 4-4. We have to win the next game and keep scratching and clawing and move our way up.”
Other men’s game
Stanford 87, at Utah 56
John Gage, a fomer Vashon Island High star, made all four of his three-point attempts and scored a career-high 19 to help Stanford rout Utah.
Chasson Randle added 17 points and eight rebounds, while Josh Huestis chipped in 13 points for the Cardinal (12-8, 3-4), which handed the Utes their most lopsided loss of the season.
Justin Seymour scored 12 points for Utah (9-11, 1-7) and was the lone Ute player to score in double figures. The Utes have not beaten a Division I opponent at home since a 62-53 victory over Southern Methodist on Dec. 18.
At No. 6 Stanford 69,
No. 20 Colorado 56
Chiney Ogwumike had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead Stanford over Colorado.
Joslyn Tinkle added 16 points for the Cardinal (18-2, 7-1), which closed its five-game homestand with its fourth consecutive win and seventh victory in eight games.
Colorado (15-4, 4-4) was led by Jamee Swan with 14 points.
At No. 7 California 71,
Reshanda Gray scored 19 points and sparked a big run in the second half before leaving with a left hamstring injury for California.
Layshia Clarendon added 23 points and Afure Jemerigbe had 10 to help the Bears to their seventh consecutive win over the Utes. The victory also assures Cal (17-2, 7-1) of keeping a share of first place in the conference.
Michelle Plouffe scored 19 points and Paige Crozon added 13 for Utah (10-9, 1-7).
At No. 19 UCLA 54,
Arizona St. 50
Nirra Fields scored 13 points, Thea Lemberger hit a go-ahead three-pointer midway through the second half and UCLA held on to beat Arizona State.
The Bruins (15-4, 6-2) took their first lead with 11:31 remaining in the first half and never trailed again. But the Sun Devils (11-9, 3-5) kept it close throughout and tied the game at 38 with 7:59 remaining. Lemberger then hit her three-pointer and UCLA held on.
Janae Fulcher led the Sun Devils with 13 points.
At USC 74, Arizona 57
Cassie Harberts scored 26 points as USC snapped a three-game slump. Ariya Crook chipped in 15 points and seven assists for the Trojans (8-11, 5-3). Davellyn Whyte had 13 points for the Wildcats (11-8, 3-5).
College sports-information contributed to this report.
Colorado 81, California 71
Stanford 87, Utah 56
Washington 66, Oregon 53
Wash. St. 76, Oregon St. 73 (OT)
USC 74, Arizona 57
UCLA 54, Arizona St. 50
California 71, Utah 54
Stanford 69, Colorado 56