Johnson’s 15 points leads No. 7 Arizona past CU |

Johnson’s 15 points leads No. 7 Arizona past CU

Colorado's Josh Scott drives to the basket past Arizona's Stanley Johnson, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/Daily Camera, Jeremy Papasso)
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BOULDER, Colo. — Stanley Johnson scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half and No. 7 Arizona easily beat struggling Colorado 82-54 on Thursday night.

Kaleb Tarczewski scored 14 points on his 22nd birthday and Gabe York also had 14 points for the Wildcats, who had five players score in double figures.

Arizona, which has won five straight, can clinch the Pac-12 title with a win at Utah on Saturday. The 13th-ranked Utes hosted Arizona State late Thursday.

The Wildcats (25-3, 13-2) led by 12 at halftime and quickly stretched the lead to 43-30 at the start of the second half. Tarczewski then scored eight straight points to give Arizona a 51-32 lead with 14:30 left.

Colorado (12-15, 5-9) had trouble taking care of the ball in the second half. The Buffs committed four turnovers in the first 20 minutes and then coughed it up six times in the first 10 minutes of the second half.

Arizona took advantage and went ahead 57-36 on Johnson’s layup.

Two free throws by Johnson and a 3-pointer by York, his first points in the second half, gave Arizona 64-40 lead with 7:16 left.

The lead grew to 71-46 on a three-point play by Johnson with 4:01 left before Arizona emptied its bench.

Colorado coach Tad Boyle was called for a technical with 1:33 left and his team trailing 75-54.


Colorado: Colorado is 0-4 against ranked opponents this season. … Former Buff player and NBA All-Star Chauncey Billups was honored at halftime by the CU athletic department. … The 12-point halftime deficit matches the largest at home this season.


Arizona: At No. 13 Utah on Saturday.

Colorado: Hosts Arizona State on Sunday.

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