GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Arizona 76, Colorado 55

By JOHN MARSHALL
AP Basketball Writer

Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. - Azoulas Tubelis and Justin Kier scored 14 points, and No. 6 Arizona overwhelmed Colorado in the second half for a 76-55 win.

The Wildcats (13-1, 3-0 Pac-12) dominated early, let the Buffaloes back in it and used a big run to start the second half to pull away. Arizona shot 51% and had 20 assists on 29 field goals to match its best start since 2015-16.

Colorado (11-4, 3-12) recovered from its slow start in the first half, but couldn't bounce back from one in the second to remain winless in 11 all-time games at McKale Center. The Buffaloes had another rough shooting night from the perimeter, finishing 4 for 20 from 3. Colorado is shooting 28% from the arc the past six games.

Former Arizona signee K.J. Simpson led Colorado with 17 points.

Arizona had a bit of trouble with Washington's zone defense in its first game back from a 16-day break, turning it over 21 times. The Wildcats made up for it in all other aspects on offense, shooting 55% while assisting on 28 of 33 field goals in the 95-79 win.

Arizona got off to a great start against Colorado, holding the Buffaloes without a field for nearly six minutes to start and forcing seven early turnovers while building a 15-point lead.

Then the Wildcats' turnover issues returned.

Good with the ball early, Arizona started giving it away. Colorado took advantage, going on a 12-2 run to cut the lead to 29-26. The Buffaloes scored 10 points off the Wildcats' eight first-half turnovers, turning what appeared to be headed toward a rout into a manageable 32-28 halftime deficit.

Arizona quickly made it unmanageable by taking better care of the ball and making 7 of their first 12 shots. The Wildcats opened the second half on a 15-4 run to go up 49-34 and made sure there was no second-half comeback.


Colorado
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
E. Battey F 27 3-10 2-2 1-6 1-7 0 0 1 2 1 9
T. da Silva F 26 3-10 0-1 1-1 1-3 1 0 0 2 3 7
J. Walker F 21 2-7 0-0 0-2 1-5 2 1 1 4 4 4
E. Parquet G 26 2-6 0-0 0-3 0-3 0 0 1 2 4 4
K. Barthelemy G 12 1-6 0-0 0-2 0-0 2 0 1 1 3 2
K. Simpson   29 5-11 5-5 2-3 0-3 4 1 3 1 0 17
N. Clifford   18 3-6 0-0 0-2 1-6 0 1 0 1 0 6
J. Hammond III   16 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1 1 0 0 1 2 0
L. O'Brien   14 2-4 2-2 0-0 2-3 0 0 0 0 2 6
L. Lovering   10 0-3 0-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 1 0 0 0
Totals   199 21-64
(.328)
9-12
(.750)
4-20
(.200)
8-33 12 3 8 14 19 55


Arizona
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
A. Tubelis F 23 6-11 1-3 1-2 2-8 1 2 2 2 3 14
C. Koloko C 25 3-6 1-2 0-1 1-9 0 2 1 2 3 7
B. Mathurin G 34 4-7 4-6 1-4 1-5 3 1 0 2 3 13
K. Kriisa G 33 1-4 0-0 0-3 0-2 10 0 1 4 1 2
D. Terry G 28 4-6 1-2 0-1 1-6 3 0 1 1 3 9
P. Larsson   25 4-7 2-3 2-3 1-5 1 0 1 1 1 12
J. Kier   15 5-9 1-1 3-4 0-4 1 0 0 2 2 14
O. Ballo   10 2-4 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 1 2 5
A. Bal   2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Nowell   2 0-2 0-0 0-1 0-1 1 0 0 1 0 0
T. Tubelis   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
G. Weitman   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   199 29-57
(.509)
11-19
(.579)
7-20
(.350)
7-44 20 6 6 16 18 76
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