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CU Upsets 2nd-Ranked Arizona, 79-63

Talk about a bounce-back win.

Two nights after a discouraging 17-point home loss to sub-.500 Arizona St., the Colorado Buffaloes rebounded and upset the 2nd-ranked Arizona Wildcats, 79-63, in the final regular season game at the CU Events Center.

The Buffs trailed 37-32 at halftime and proceeded to dominate the second half.

Tristan da Silva's layup gave the Buffs a 43-42 lead with 17:24 left in the game. That capped an 11-5 start to the second half for the Buffs.

But they were just getting started.

K.J. Simpson's dunk capped a 9-2 spurt and gave CU a 54-46 advantage with 13:32 to go.

Later on, the Colorado put the game away with an 11-2 run that Keeshawn Barthelemy finished with a jam and the Buffs were up 77-61 with only 1:32 left.

Da Silva led CU with 19 points, one of five Buffs in double figures. Jabari Walker had another huge game with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Senior Evan Battey had 11 points.

The only other time the Buffs have defeated a team ranked as high as number two was when they upset 2nd-ranekd Oklahoma St. in 1992.

Colorado is now 19-10 overall, 11-8 in the Pac-12. Arizona is 25-3, 15-2.


CU wraps up the regular season at the Utah Utes on Saturday, March 5. Coverage starts at 7 p.m. MST on KOA 850 AM and 94.1 FM and online at

Postgame comments from CU forward Tristan da Silva (23), forward Jabari Walker (12), guard Julian Hammond III (1) and head coach Tad Boyle.

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