BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Richard Roby scored 19 points and Colorado
played tough defense to beat Utah 76-52 Wednesday night.
The Utes had won the last two meetings between the two teams,
but struggled with 17 turnovers and were only 2-for-14 in
3-pointers as they scored a season-low 16 points in the first half.
Colorado started the second half making 2-of-7 shots, allowing
Utah to cut a 17-point halftime deficit to 38-31 on a 3-pointer and
a layup by Johnnie Bryant five minutes into the half.
Two free throws by Copeland capped a 6-0 run to give Colorado
its biggest lead, 56-37, with 8:21 left. Utah got as close as 66-51
in the remaining three minutes on a layup by Ricky Johns.
Colorado started slowly, missing 14-of-15 shots to start the
game and trailed 10-3 after a layup by Utah's Luke Nevill. But the
Buffaloes began finding their range from beyond the 3-point arc,
connecting on seven 3-pointers, three by Roby and outscored Utah,
30-6 over the last 11:57 of the first half to lead 33-16. Colorado
was 12-for-37 on 3-pointers.
Copeland and Marcus Hall had two 3-pointers each in the first
period. In contrast, the Utes were 0-for-4 on 3-pointers and shot
33 percent against a suffocating defense that also forced 11