GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Colorado 72, Southern Cal 70


By JOHN MARSHALL
AP Basketball Writer

LAS VEGAS - D'Shawn Schwartz scored on a rebound slam with 3.3 seconds left, McKinley Wright IV shook off an elbow to the head to score 24 points and No. 23 Colorado held off No. 24 Southern California 72-70 in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals.

No. 2 seed USC (22-7) trailed by 10 with 4 1/2 minutes left, but tied it after Evan Mobley hit a 3-pointer and Tahj Eaddy scored on a three-point play with 35 seconds left.

On Colorado's final possession, Wright had a 3-pointer rim out and Schwartz sneaked along the baseline to slam the ball down. The Trojans couldn't get off a final shot after Wright deflected a pass in Colorado's end.

The third-seeded Buffaloes (22-7) shot 12 of 24 from 3-point range to reach the Pac-12 Tournament title game for the first time since winning it in 2012. Colorado moves on to play No. 5 seed Oregon State on Saturday.

Mobley kept the Trojans in it in the first half and dominated at both ends, finishing with 29 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots.

The only ranked teams in the bracket had their hands full just to get to the semifinals.

USC needed two overtimes to outlast No. 7 seed Utah for a 91-85 win in the quarterfinals. Colorado had to overcome an abysmal-shooting first half and hold off 11th-seeded California late for a 61-58 win.

The Buffaloes got off to a much better start against USC, using an 11-0 run to go up 14-6, but appeared to suffer a huge loss when Wright was elbowed in the head after tangling with USC's Chevez Goodwin. The unanimous first-team All-Pac-12 guard lay on the floor for several minutes and had to be helped to the locker room.

Colorado didn't seem to miss a beat, continuing the run to push its lead to 20-6, and Wright came back a few minutes.

Mobley, who got off to a slow start against Utah, had 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting to help USC pull within 39-30 at halftime. The rest of the Trojans were a combined 5 of 17.

March 13, 2021


Colorado
Player FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
E. Battey 3-8 0-0 0-0 3-6 0 0 0 2 1 6
D. Schwartz 3-6 1-2 2-4 2-4 1 0 1 0 2 9
M. Wright IV 9-16 2-2 4-6 0-5 4 0 1 2 1 24
E. Parquet 0-2 2-2 0-1 1-4 2 1 0 0 1 2
J. Horne 6-15 3-4 4-8 2-7 0 0 0 1 1 19
D. Walton 0-3 0-0 0-1 1-2 0 1 0 1 2 0
T. da Silva 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 2
K. Barthelemy 3-4 0-0 2-3 0-0 0 0 1 1 0 8
M. Daniels 1-2 0-0 0-0 1-1 1 0 1 1 2 2
J. Walker 0-3 0-0 0-1 0-2 2 1 0 2 2 0
Totals 26-61
(.426)
8-10
(.800)
12-24
(.500)
16-38 10 3 4 10 13 72


USC
Player FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
E. Mobley 11-16 3-7 1-3 3-9 3 5 0 2 1 26
D. Peterson 4-10 0-2 1-5 0-4 0 0 1 0 0 9
T. Eaddy 4-9 1-1 2-2 1-5 5 0 0 1 2 11
I. Mobley 3-7 0-0 2-2 3-5 2 1 1 0 0 8
I. White 2-4 0-0 0-2 0-3 0 0 0 2 2 4
E. Anderson 2-5 0-0 1-2 0-0 2 0 1 3 2 5
C. Goodwin 1-2 2-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 1 1 4
M. Agbonkpolo 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 1 0
N. Baumann 1-1 0-0 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Totals 28-54
(.519)
6-12
(.500)
8-17
(.471)
10-31 12 6 3 9 9 70





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