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Pac-12 Tournament 2012: Colorado Slides By Utah 53-41

In the final game of the Pac-12 Tournament's opening round quadruple-header, the No. 6 Colorado Buffaloes hung on down the stretch to beat No. 11 Utah 53-41 on Wednesday night.

Despite the 12-point win, Colorado did everything in its power to give away the game throughout the second half, and can't be particularly pleased with its performance. The Buffaloes reached the 35-point barrier with 15:22 left to play in the contest, and almost inexplicably, proceeded to remain there until the clock read 6:44. With a small deficit and the door wide open for a comeback, Utah was unable to curb its ball control problems (18 turnovers as a team) in order to take full advantage.

Colorado sophomore forward Andre Roberson, who was recently named to the All-Pac-12 First Team, led all players with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Big man Jason Washburn's 11 points paved the way for Utah, on a night when the Utes turned in an utterly abysmal shooting performance from both the foul line (9-of-18, 50%) and the field (14-of-40, 35%).

The Buffaloes now move on to play No. 3 Oregon tomorrow evening for a chance to reach the Pac-12 quarterfinals on Friday.

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