Trier, Ristic lead No. 15 Arizona past Colorado

Arizona guard Allonzo Trier scored 22 points and Dusan Ristic had 16 points and 11 rebounds as the top-seeded and No. 15 Wildcats advanced to the semifinals of the Pac-12 tournament with an 83-67 victory over the Colorado Buffaloes at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday.

Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 14 points, Rawle Alkins had 12 and Deandre Ayton added 10 for the Wildcats (25-7), who avenged one of their four conference regular-season losses.

George King scored 19 points and Lucas Siewert had 16 for the Buffaloes (17-15), who had lost four of five before beating Arizona State in the first round of the tournament.

Arizona will play the winner of the UCLA/Stanford game Friday. UCLA beat the Wildcats in Tucson on Feb. 8 in their only meeting this season, the Wildcats' only home loss. The Wildcats swept the Cardinal with two narrow victories.

The Wildcats led by three points with 13 minutes remaining before taking control with a 14-0 run fueled by eight points from Ristic and two Trier free throws after a technical foul on the Colorado bench for a 58-41 lead with 10:30 remaining. They led by as many as 18.

Colorado played the final 13:08 without freshman point guard McKinley Wright IV, who had eight points, five assists and four rebounds before suffering an apparent ankle injury during a scramble for a rebound under the Colorado basket.

Wright had 16 points and 10 assists in the Buffaloes' 80-77 victory over Arizona in Boulder on Jan. 6, and he had 20 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds in a 97-85 first-round victory over Arizona State.

Trier made 10-of-10 free-throw attempts, and Ristic had his seventh double-double. He has scored in double figures in 13 of his last 15 games.

The Wildcats, third in NCAA Division I with a 51.0 shooting percentage, made only 43.9 percent from the field but had a 36-27 rebounding advantage and forced 15 turnovers. They committed eight.

Ayton, who joined Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Kevin Love as the only Pac-12 players to win player of the year and freshman of the year, made only 4-of-14 field-goal attempts and had six rebounds in 25 minutes before fouling out.

--Field Level Media

03/08/2018 17:31

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