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           === Colorado hands No. 9 Arizona second straight loss ===
 
 Boulder,  CO (Sports  Network) - Spencer Dinwiddie had a career-high 21 points
 and added seven assists as Colorado thumped No. 9 Arizona, 71-58.
 
 Xavier  Johnson hit  four 3-pointers en route to a 19-point, nine-rebound game
 for  the  Buffaloes (17-7, 7-5 Pac-12),  who have won three straight games and
 six of seven.
 
 "Spencer  is  growing up  before our eyes;  he is becoming  one of the premier
 guards  in  this league," Colorado coach  Tad Boyle said of Dinwiddie. "I have
 said  this before  and I  will say  it again,  I would  not trade  Spencer for
 anybody. What he brings to this team, his ability, Spencer is special."
 
 Solomon  Hill had 12  points and seven boards while Mark Lyons added 11 points
 for the Wildcats (20-4, 8-4), who have lost their past two games.
 
 Holding  a seven-point  lead to  start the  second half,  Colorado opened  the
 final  frame with eight straight points and Andre Roberson's 3-pointer made it
 a 38-23 game.
 
 Arizona  cut its deficit to six after Grant Jerrett hit a 3-pointer to make it
 a  45-39  game with 11 minutes  to play, but  Xavier Talton answered with a 3-
 pointer to spark another 8-0 run.
 
 The Wildcats hung in there and again made it a nine-point game with under five
 minutes  to play  on a  Kevin Parrom  layup, but  Johnson followed  with a  3-
 pointer.  Another bucket  from Arizona  was again  countered by  a Johnson  3-
 pointer  and Askia  Booker's jumper  made  it a  68-53 game  with under  three
 minutes to play and Colorado cruised from there.
 
 "We've  played against some  of the best teams in this country and our defense
 has  held up,  but tonight, it didn't," Arizona coach Sean Miller admitted. "I
 credit Colorado."
 
 It  was a close  contest throughout the first half, but the Buffaloes took the
 lead  for good  when Johnson hit a  3-pointer for a 23-20 advantage with 5 1/2
 minutes left.
 
 Colorado closed the half with a 7-2 run to take a 30-23 lead into the break.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Arizona  plays in  Utah on Sunday ... Colorado hosts Arizona State on Saturday
 ...  Colorado holds an 11-7 lead in the series ... Colorado shot 50 percent in
 the  game,  including 9-of-17  from 3-point  range ...  Arizona made just 42.3
 percent of its shots and was just 5-of-19 from long range.
 
 02/15 02:21:12 ET

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