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Feb 8, 2024 10:25 pm

Colorado handles ASU to stay unbeaten at home

Colorado, Arizona State sun devils

J’Vonne Hadley amassed 19 points and 11 rebounds, KJ Simpson scored 17 points and Colorado beat Arizona State 82-70 on Thursday in Boulder, Colo.

Tristan da Silva finished with 15 points and Cody Williams contributed 11 points in his return to the lineup for the Buffaloes (16-7, 7-5 Pac-12). Colorado ended a two-game skid and improved to 13-0 at home.

Frankie Collins scored 18 points, Adam Miller added 14, Jamiya Neal scored 12 and Shawn Phillips Jr. had 10 for Arizona State (11-12, 5-7), which has lost five straight.

Colorado extended a nine-point halftime lead to 57-40 during the Sun Devils’ 5:14 scoring drought. Arizona State missed eight consecutive shots and turned it over twice during the scoreless stretch before Neal sank a 3-pointer. That started an 8-0 run as the Sun Devils pulled within nine.

Neal hit two free throws and Collins made a layup to cut the Buffaloes’ lead to 63-56. The teams traded five-point runs and Arizona State had a chance to get closer but turned it over on a fast break with 3:12 left.

A three-point play by Hadley left made it 73-63, but Miller answered with a 3-pointer and Collins hit a layup to cut the gap to five with 2:13 left.

Hadley sank a 3-pointer 33 seconds later to spark a 7-0 run that sealed the win.

Colorado scored the first 12 points of the game and led 21-3 with 13:56 left in the first half. It was still an 18-point lead five minutes later before the Sun Devils started to crawl back into the game.

Gaffney hit a pair of 3-pointers and Neal also drained one from deep during an 11-0 run that cut the deficit to 31-24. The Buffaloes stretched the lead to 37-26 on a dunk by Williams, but Arizona answered with seven straight points to get within 37-33 with 2:48 left in the first half.

Colorado closed out strong to take a 44-35 lead into halftime.

–Field Level Media

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