Colorado springs another upset, beats No. 14 Arizona 80-77
BOULDER, Colo/January 05, 2018(AP)(STL.News)—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.”
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