Battey, Buffs Bounce Utah, 84-71, Pac-12 Tournament Is Next


Colorado v Utah

Colorado Buffaloes forward Evan Battey (21) shoots over Branden Carlson (35) of the Utah Utes during the first half the Buffs 84-71 win on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at the Jon M Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo: Chris Gardner/Getty Images)Photo: Getty Images

That's the way to close out the regular season.

The Colorado Buffaloes had little trouble with the Utah Utes and picked up a big road win, 84-71, Saturday night in Salt Lake City.

The Buffs led from the start and never let up. And they can thank senior forward Evan Battey for that.

Battey dropped in a career-high 27 points, hit a career-best six three-pointers (in nine attempts) and hauled down six rebounds.

The Buffs bolted out to a 28-10 lead in the first 9:46 of the game and buried Utah.

CU was up 50-29 at halftime and by then, the game was decided.

Along with Battey's big night, forward Jabari Walker picked up another double-double with 22 points and 12 boards.

Colorado is now 20-10, the fourth consecutive season with at least 20 victories.

MORE ON THE BUFFS WIN HERE

Colorado will now head to Las Vegas for the Pac-12 Tournament next week. The Buffs are the fourth seed and will open action on Thursday, March 10 at 3:30 p.m. MST against the winner of the Oregon-Oregon St. game, which will be played on Wednesday.

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Postgame comments from CU forward Jabari Walker.

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Postgame comments from CU head coach Tad Boyle.

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