Utah center Jason Washburn
Feb. 18, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Junior center Jason Washburn posted his third career double-double and junior guard Chris Hines knocked down four 3-pointers, but it was not enough to lift the Utes past Colorado at the Huntsman Center Saturday as the Buffaloes captured a 55-48 defensive affair.
Washburn poured in a game-high 16 points on 8-of-15 from the field and collected 10 rebounds to complete his first double-double in Pac-12 Conference play. He also blocked a pair of shots to reach 92 for his career, tying Nate Althoff (1997-2001) for ninth all-time at Utah.
Hines' four 3-pointers tied his season high as he scored double digits for the seventh time in his last eight games. Junior guard Cedric Martin was also influential on the offensive end for the Utes (5-21, 2-12 Pac-12), recording a game-high five assists with zero turnovers, to go with five points and three rebounds.
Andre Roberson led the Buffaloes (18-8, 10-4 Pac-12) with a double-double of his own as he scored 12 points and grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds. Austin Dufault nearly had a double-double as well, finishing with 11 points and nine boards.
Both teams set the tone for a staunch defensive battle at the beginning of the game as the two squads combined for an 0-of-11 start (Colorado 0-of-7, Utah 0-of-4), before the Utes got on the board with the game's first field goal at the 14:30 mark.
Colorado led by as many as nine points in the second half but the Utes kept the game within reach, then made a 14-5 run of their own to tie the game at 40-40 with 6:25 remaining. Utah was never able to wrestle the lead away from the Buffaloes, but tied it up at 42-42 and 44-44 before CU went on a 6-0 run to take the lead for good.
Utah shot 35.7% (20-of-56) from the field, including 6-of-19 from 3-point range. Colorado finished the game at 35.8% (19-of-53) including 2-of-11 from 3-point range, but shot 19 free throws to only three for the Utes. The Buffaloes were 15-of-19 from the charity stripe while Utah was just 2-of-3. Colorado also dominated the boards, grabbing 46 rebounds, the most by any Utah opponent this year, while holding the Utes to just 28 on the glass.
The game capped off Utah basketball's Alumni Weekend which included a halftime celebration of the Utes' 1976-77 WAC championship team.
Utah is back in action Thursday, Feb. 23, as the Utes stay home to host California at 7 p.m., followed by Stanford on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m.