January 13, 2020 / 1:16 AM / 8 days ago

No. 25 Colorado trounces Utah

EditorsNote: Fixed Colorado FG pct. in fifth graf

Jan 12, 2020; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Utah Utes center Branden Carlson (35) defends against Colorado Buffaloes forward Evan Battey (21) in the first half at the CU Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Evan Battey had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Tyler Bey scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and No. 25 Colorado routed Utah 91-52 in Boulder, Colo., in a Pac-12 Conference game Sunday night.

For Colorado (13-3, 2-1 Pac-12), McKinley Wright IV finished with 16 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and D’Shawn Schwartz scored 14 points.

Riley Battin led the Utes (10-5, 1-2) with eight points. Utah was outrebounded 42-24.

The Buffaloes blew a big second-half lead at home to Oregon State last week but were never really threatened after putting up a season-high 44 points in the first half.

Colorado shot 54.5 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes and finished at 59.4. The Buffaloes held the Utes to 35.2 percent shooting, including 33.3 in the first half.

The game went the Buffaloes’ way early. After Lahat Thioune hit a jumper to tie the score at 2-2, Utah missed five shots and committed two turnovers while Colorado reeled off 14 straight points. Battey had six of those points and Wright hit a 3-pointer.

Wright converted a three-point play and Lucas Siewert drained a 3-pointer to push the lead to 26-7 with 11:18 left in the first half.

Bey scored on a layup, Wright hit a 3-pointer and Alexander Strating split a pair of free throws to increase the lead to 38-15. Schwartz’s 3-pointer made it a 25-point advantage, but Utah scored the next five before McKinley finished the first-half scoring with a basket to give the Buffaloes a 44-22 lead at intermission.

Colorado made sure it wouldn’t have another second-half collapse by starting strong out of the locker room. Battey hit two baskets, and Wright drained a jumper and assisted on Bey’s dunk to make it 52-24 just 2:21 into the second half.

Battin hit a 3-pointer and Rylan Jones had a 3-point play for the Utes to try to settle things down, but Daylen Kountz’s jumper with 12:09 left gave the Buffaloes a 63-33 lead.

Utah got within 25 points, but Colorado went on a 13-4 run over the next 5:08 to go up by 34 and close it out.

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