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Colorado springs another upset, beats No. 14 Arizona 80-77

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) McKinley Wright IV didn't even realize it was his coach's birthday Saturday. Still, he gave him the perfect gift - another big win.

Wright scored 16 points to lead five Colorado players in double figures, and the Buffaloes held off No. 14 Arizona 80-77 to end the Wildcats' nine-game winning streak.

It's the second straight game in which the Buffaloes (10-6, 2-2 Pac-12) have knocked off a ranked team. They defeated No. 4 Arizona State 90-81 in overtime Thursday. The Buffaloes are now 17-29 against ranked teams under coach Tad Boyle, who celebrated his 55th birthday in grand fashion.

''I'm glad we could do this for him today,'' Wright said. ''It's a great birthday present for him.''

It's the first time Colorado has beaten ranked teams in back-to-back games since 2011.

Colorado went up by 20 in the first half only to see the Wildcats (12-4, 2-1) pull within three. Dominique Collier came up big down the stretch with one big shot after another. Dallas Walton finished with a career-high 15 points on 7-for-7 shooting as the Buffaloes overcame 13 turnovers in the second half.

Wright all but sealed the win with a steal and a dunk with 1:01 remaining. Colorado made six straight free throws over the final 40 seconds as fans celebrated on the court for a second straight game after the final buzzer.

''It's crazy,'' said Wright, Colorado's point guard who also had with 10 assists, four rebounds and seven turnovers. ''Nobody expected us to win this except the guys in our locker room and our fans. Probably all of our fans didn't believe we could do this. All that matters is that we believe. We don't care what none of the outsiders think. We're trying to prove people wrong.''

Deandre Ayton scored 21 of his 26 points in the second half for the Wildcats. Arizona's leading scorer, Allonzo Trier , was held to eight. The 1-2 scoring punch was averaging a combined 40.3 points before Saturday.

''You always want your team to play for you as the coach and our guys, they really struggled playing for me - they really do,'' Arizona coach Sean Miller said. ''I can't get them to play hard. We do it for a while. I know we've had a win streak.

''With our team, it's really hard to get our guys to run as fast as they can. That's not them. That's me. I have a hard time reaching our guys.''

BIG PICTURE

Arizona: The Wildcats never recovered from a sluggish start in a game they never led. They shot 30 percent in the first half.

Colorado: The Buffaloes shook things up in the Pac-12 with two big home wins.

THIS & THAT

Arizona C Dusan Ristic had 13 points and 11 rebounds. ... Colorado senior George King had five points and 11 rebounds. ... Arizona fell to 3-9 all-time in Boulder.

EXTRA SATISFACTION

Boyle took a little extra satisfaction in beating Arizona given a federal recruiting probe that has cast a dark shadow over the Wildcats program.

''Absolutely. Absolutely there is,'' Boyle said. ''I've got great respect for Sean Miller and the kind of coach he is. They recruit very, very well. ... Hell yes, there's extra satisfaction.''

THE BIG BOYS

Walton took it as a challenge going up against Ristic and Ayton, two of the best big men around.

''I can't describe in words how fired up I was,'' Walton said. ''I mean, the opportunity to go against two pros is something you don't get to say every day.''

A LITTLE CLASH

Things got a little heated late in the first half when Keanu Pinder and Collier got tangled up underneath the basket. They glared at each other as players from both teams stepped in. The officials went to the monitor and assessed a technical foul on Colorado's Tyler Bey and Arizon's Ira Lee.

CIRCUS SHOT

Trier had the shot of the game, on a falling-to-the-ground layup with 12:17 remaining that made it 49-46. It's as close as the Wildcats would come until Ayton hit a jumper with a second remaining.

''We had a great second half making a push, but when you dig yourself that deep of a hole, it's really hard to come back and actually win the game,'' Trier said.

UP NEXT

Arizona: Host Oregon State on Thursday.

Colorado: At USC on Wednesday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 Deandre Ayton made jump shot, assist by Parker Jackson-Cartwright 0.0
  Lost ball turnover on McKinley Wright IV, stolen by Parker Jackson-Cartwright 1.0
+ 1 Dylan Smith made 2nd of 2 free throws 5.0
+ 1 Dylan Smith made 1st of 2 free throws 5.0
  Personal foul on Namon Wright 5.0
  Offensive rebound by Dylan Smith 7.0
  Parker Jackson-Cartwright missed 3-pt. jump shot 9.0
+ 1 McKinley Wright IV made 2nd of 2 free throws 17.0
+ 1 McKinley Wright IV made 1st of 2 free throws 17.0
  Personal foul on Rawle Alkins 17.0
+ 3 Deandre Ayton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Allonzo Trier 20.0
Team Stats
Points 77 80
Field Goals 28-73 (38.4%) 29-53 (54.7%)
3-Pointers 7-25 (28.0%) 7-16 (43.8%)
Free Throws 14-17 (82.4%) 15-17 (88.2%)
Total Rebounds 36 34
Offensive 14 5
Defensive 17 27
Team 5 2
Assists 18 18
Steals 12 3
Blocks 4 3
Turnovers 7 15
Fouls 18 18
Technicals 1 1
26 PTS, 5 REB
16 PTS, 4 REB, 10 AST
12T
away team logo 14 Arizona 12-4 294877
home team logo Colorado 10-6 453580
Team Stats
away team logo 14 Arizona 12-4 70.9 PPG 38.3 RPG 12.4 APG
home team logo Colorado 10-6 73.6 PPG 41 RPG 13.3 APG
Key Players
00
D. Ayton F PPG RPG APG FG%
25
M. Wright IV G 13.0 PPG 4.9 RPG 4.8 APG 49.4 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Ayton F 26 PTS 5 REB 0 AST
M. Wright IV G 16 PTS 4 REB 10 AST
38.4 FG% 54.7
28.0 3PT FG% 43.8
82.4 FT% 88.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Ayton 26 5 0 11/17 1/1 3/4 2 32 1 2 0 3 2
R. Alkins 16 5 4 6/14 2/7 2/4 5 28 3 1 2 4 1
D. Ristic 13 11 1 6/16 0/0 1/1 0 32 1 0 1 4 7
A. Trier 8 3 3 3/9 2/8 0/0 1 32 2 0 2 1 2
P. Jackson-Cartwright 2 1 8 0/6 0/4 2/2 4 31 4 0 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Ayton 26 5 0 11/17 1/1 3/4 2 32 1 2 0 3 2
R. Alkins 16 5 4 6/14 2/7 2/4 5 28 3 1 2 4 1
D. Ristic 13 11 1 6/16 0/0 1/1 0 32 1 0 1 4 7
A. Trier 8 3 3 3/9 2/8 0/0 1 32 2 0 2 1 2
P. Jackson-Cartwright 2 1 8 0/6 0/4 2/2 4 31 4 0 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Smith 5 1 0 1/4 1/3 2/2 0 8 0 0 0 1 0
E. Akot 3 0 1 1/2 1/1 0/0 0 6 1 0 0 0 0
K. Pinder 2 2 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 1 6 0 1 0 0 2
I. Lee 2 2 0 0/1 0/0 2/2 1 9 0 0 0 0 2
A. Barcello 0 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 2 5 0 0 0 0 0
B. Randolph 0 1 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 2 11 0 0 1 1 0
T. Denny - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. DesJardins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Trillo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Weyand - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 77 31 18 28/73 7/25 14/17 18 200 12 4 7 14 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Wright IV 16 4 10 5/11 0/1 6/7 2 34 1 0 7 2 2
D. Walton 15 1 0 7/7 1/1 0/0 1 25 1 2 0 0 1
N. Wright 14 8 2 5/10 1/2 3/4 1 31 0 0 1 1 7
G. King 5 11 3 2/8 1/4 0/0 1 29 0 1 3 1 10
T. Bey 4 3 0 1/2 0/0 2/2 4 15 0 0 2 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Wright IV 16 4 10 5/11 0/1 6/7 2 34 1 0 7 2 2
D. Walton 15 1 0 7/7 1/1 0/0 1 25 1 2 0 0 1
N. Wright 14 8 2 5/10 1/2 3/4 1 31 0 0 1 1 7
G. King 5 11 3 2/8 1/4 0/0 1 29 0 1 3 1 10
T. Bey 4 3 0 1/2 0/0 2/2 4 15 0 0 2 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Collier 14 1 2 5/7 2/3 2/2 3 19 0 0 0 0 1
D. Schwartz 10 0 0 3/4 2/3 2/2 1 15 0 0 1 0 0
D. Brown 2 1 0 1/3 0/2 0/0 0 12 0 0 1 0 1
L. Siewert 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 13 1 0 0 0 0
L. Nikolic 0 3 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 3 7 0 0 0 0 3
T. Miller-Stewart - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Repine - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Strating - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Battey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Martinka - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 80 32 18 29/53 7/16 15/17 18 200 3 3 15 5 27