USC Falls to Colorado 59-56 in Pac-12 Tournament Opener|
March 12, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Byron Wesley finished with 23 points for the Trojans, but USC fell to Colorado 59-56 in the opening round of the Pac-12 tournament on Wednesday.
USC (11-21) had a shot at the end, but Wesley's 3-pointer at the buzzer came up just short.
Askia Booker scored 21 points and keyed a late run for Colorado.
Colorado (22-10) had a hard time shaking the Trojans, unable to get much separation until going on a 13-1 run late in the second half.
Josh Scott had 13 points and Xavier Johnson added 11 for the Buffaloes, who move on to face California in Thursday's quarterfinals.
USC kept Colorado within reach despite poor shooting early in the opening 20 minutes, not allowing the Buffaloes to lead by more than six points.
Colorado led 29-27 at halftime despite hitting 13 of 25 shots and holding the Trojans to 1-of-8 shooting from 3-point range.
USC was still right with the Buffaloes in the second half, answering every time they tried to pull away, then taking a five-point lead midway through.
Booker help Colorado finally get a little bit of a cushion.
The Buffaloes' feisty point guard got them going with a three-point play, then hit a jumper and fed Johnson for a dunk in transition. Booker added a layup in transition, finishing off a 13-1 that put Colorado up 58-50 with 3 minutes left.
USC still wouldn't go away, getting a stop after pulling within three, but Wesley couldn't get his 3-pointer in transition to fall.