The No. 6 Colorado Buffaloes are now just two games away from winning the 2012 Pac-12 Tournament and gaining an automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Tournament. They battled the No. 3 Oregon Ducks throughout the second half on Thursday night and came away with the victory on the final seconds, 63-62.
With roughly 7:30 left in the game, the Buffaloes held a 58-50 lead, but the Ducks went on a 10-0 run over the next five-plus minutes to take a 60-58 lead. Devoe Joseph increased the Ducks lead to 62-59 with 1:39 left in the game, but Carlon Brown made a layup to bring the game within one. The clock kept ticking down, but neither team could score -- until Andre Roberson made the game-winning layup with 13 seconds left on the clock. Joseph attempted a three at the buzzer but was off the mark.
Brown was the Buffs' leading scorer with 18 points, but Roberson put up a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Oregon did block seven Colorado shots and win the rebounding battle, 38-25. Joseph was second on the team with 12 points, but he was 0-for-7 from beyond the arc.
Colorado will play in the late game again when they face the No. 2 California Golden Bears on Friday night.
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