The upsets in college basketball just keep coming as the Colorado Buffaloes topped the No. 9 Arizona Wildcats at home on Thursday night, 71-58.
Colorado jumped out to a seven-point lead after the first half, thanks to sensational play from forward Xavier Johnson. Meanwhile, Arizona simply couldn't get anything going on the offensive end for the first 20 minutes of this game and that proved to be a continued theme in the second half.
Spencer Dinwiddie helped keep Colorado ahead with a stellar performance from all over the floor. Whether it was in close or from long range, the Buffaloes' talented guard left his mark on this contest.
Dinwiddie led all scorers with 21 points and added seven assists. Johnson had a solid all-around performance that left him with 19 points and nine rebounds in the winning effort.
Arizona's leading scorer this season, Mark Lyons, finished with just 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting and Solomon Hill also had a dreadful shooting night with 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting.
As a team, Colorado put up some great numbers shooting the ball. The Buffaloes shot nearly 53 percent from beyond the arc and 50 percent from the field overall.
On the flip side, the Wildcats didn't fare so well in the shooting department. Arizona shot 42 percent from the field and posted an abysmal 26 percent clip from long distance.
This huge win for the Buffaloes helped exact some revenge on the Wildcats after Colorado had a game-winning buzzer beater that was waved off at the end of regulation in the pair's last meeting.
Arizona would go on to win in overtime in that contest, but they weren't so lucky this time around. The Wildcats will undoubtedly take a slip in the rankings after losing to an unranked opponent.
Kurt Wolfgang Heyer is a pitcher in the St. Louis Cardinals organization and an Arizona alum who tried to will the Wildcats to victory over the Buffaloes. Unfortunately for Heyer, the Wildcats didn't grant his wish:
The Ralphie Report Twitter page highlighted an important moment during the second half for the Buffaloes:
Colorado goes on a 5-0 run out of the Arizona timeout, now leads 38-23 with 17:50 to play. Sean Miller calls another timeout— RalphieReport (@RalphieReport) February 15, 2013
The ESPN Streak For The Cash page recalled the controversial finish of Arizona and Colorado's last meeting:
Colorado exacts some long-awaited revenge against Arizona. Remember Colorado's game-winning shot that was not counted? Big streaks go down.— ESPN SFTC (@ESPN_Streak) February 15, 2013
Here's a shot of the court after the Colorado win courtesy of Pac-12 Twitter page:
71-58 the final as Colorado upsets No. 9 Arizona in Boulder: twitter.com/pac12/status/3…— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) February 15, 2013
Peter Yoon of ESPNLosAngeles.com explained the implications of the loss for the Wildcats and just how hard it is to win in Colorado:
Colorado defeats No. 9 Arizona, 71-58. Oregon is back in first by itself. UCLA remains the only team to win at Colorado this season.
— Peter Yoon (@PeterYoonESPN) February 15, 2013
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