CU MEN'S BASKETBALL: Buffs Top ASU To Advance To Pac-12 Quarterfinals

Ncaa Players Ready For Championship Week

Ncaa Players Ready For Championship Week

Southern California's Aliyah Mazyck (21) passes the ball as Stanford's Alanna Smith (11) and Marta Sniezek defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 women's tournament, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Seattle.

Jordan McLaughlin had 13 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Trojans, who move on to face the Oregon-Utah victor in Friday's semifinals.

"McKinley goes out, it might take us a while to figure things out offensively, but we weren't getting any stops", Colorado coach Tad Boyle said.

The Trojans lost to the UCLA Bruins in their last game, 83-72.

Jackson-Cartwright scored the first five points for Arizona and had eight in the first half. But I don't want the emotions to overtake the moment, because we had fought so hard and played so well up until that point.

OR took its first step in the first round on Wednesday, overcoming a 17-point first half to beat Washington State 64-62 in overtime. 3-Point Goals-Washington St. 7-22 (Flynn 3-8, Franks 2-4, Acquaah 1-2, Daniels 1-4, Skaggs 0-2, Hinson 0-2), OR 8-22 (Pritchard 4-7, McIntosh 2-5, E.Brown 2-6, Kigab 0-1, T.Brown 0-3). But Malachi Flynn kicked off a run of late-game dramatics with a game-tying three-pointer, and Pritchard's jumper just before the end of regulation was off. McIntosh scored early in overtime to give OR a brief lead, 55-54.

The young Buffs didn't lose confidence, instead, they went on an 11-1 run to put them up 71-61 with 7:40 to go. Down 50-35, Thompson ended the 9-0 run with a 3 that also ended a 4:46 scoreless stretch. They last advanced past the quarterfinals in 2011, the final season before conference expansion, making the semifinals.

Along with some of the best shooting of the season for the Buffs, they only suffered seven turnovers, well below the team's season average of over 13 per game.

While the Ducks sat out the opening day, their first opponent got warmed up and adjusted to the neutral-site arena while building some confidence with a victory.

After starting 1 for 8 from the floor, the Beavers hit four straight.

Colorado focusing so much attention on Ayton meant another opportunity for fellow big man Dusan Ristic who finished the win with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Justin Bibbins led Utah with 20 points and David Collette, who valiantly played through an injured foot, had 16 before fouling out. Since the start of February, Oregon State failed to reach 60 points just twice - both against USC. But WSU fouled on the rebound, and with 6.8 seconds left Troy Brown (eight points, 11 rebounds) sank a free throw.

In the Beavers' last matchup, they defeated the Washington Huskies, 69-66. OR shot 8 of 27, missing 9 of its final 10 shots. "Dug ourselves a hole", Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said. "If we hit shots like we normally do it's a completely different game".

A loss to Oregon State, the Pac-12's No. 10 seed, would make it narrower still.

"Look where we were a year ago and look how far we've come", Wayne Tinkle said. "They are a very experienced group and we're going to have to play a lot better offensively than we did tonight".

USC isn't the same without sharpshooting forward Bennie Boatwright to spread out the floor, but Metu, McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart remain a handful to deal with. And I thought the second half we really did that.

"They're young and we'll sleep in", he said. "So obviously he stepped up and he's a tough, tough player and he made some big buckets".

When Oregon State and Washington went to overtime in the first game of the evening session, the Ducks and Cougars were pushed back to a 9 p.m. start.

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