National Basketball Association
Colorado 61, California 58
When: 11:30 PM ET, Thursday, March 11, 2021
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
# Tony Padilla, # Gregory Nixon, # Deidre Carr
Evan Battey scored 15 points, McKinley Wright IV added 10 and 23rd-ranked Colorado beat Cal 61-58 on Thursday night in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals at Las Vegas.
The third-seeded Buffaloes (21-7) will play second-seeded Southern California in the semifinals on Friday night. The 24th-ranked Trojans outlasted Utah 91-85 in double overtime Thursday.
Grant Anticevich had 11 points and Matt Bradley scored 10 before fouling out for the Bears (9-20). Cal's Makale Foreman missed a 3-point attempt in the closing seconds that would have sent the game into overtime.
Joel Brown's jumper gave the Bears a 27-26 lead early in the second half.
Eli Parquet replied with a layup for Colorado. Battey hit two free throws, scored on a layup and then fed Horne for another layup as the Buffaloes built a 34-28 lead. Cal went cold from the field and needed free throws to stay within striking distance.
Bradley, the Bears' leading scorer, was held scoreless until he was fouled on a 3-point attempt and made all three free throws with 11:22 left, pulling Cal within 41-33.
Colorado's D'Shawn Schwartz answered with a 3-pointer, but D.J. Thorpe completed a three-point play after his layup was Cal's first field goal in more than six minutes.
Battey's three-point play put Colorado up 50-37 with 8:55 remaining, and Wright soon hit a layup to restore the 13-point lead, but the Bears worked their way back into it.
Bradley hit a jumper and a 3-pointer around a 3-pointer by Ryan Betley, slicing the deficit to 53-49 with 3:52 left. Bradley fouled out on Schwartz's layup with 3:28 left.
It was 61-52 with 1:05 remaining, but the Bears' Jalen Celestine hit three free throws, and after a Colorado turnover, he sank a corner 3-pointer with 41 seconds left, cutting the gap to three.
Wright stumbled on a drive in the lane to give Cal a chance to tie, but Foreman couldn't connect from long distance.
The Buffaloes didn't score for the first 4:03 of the game but used a stingy defense to keep Cal close. Their 10-4 run late in the first half gave them a 24-20 lead entering the break.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Grant Anticevich 11
Evan Battey 15
Joel Brown 4
McKinley Wright IV 3
Grant Anticevich 6
Jabari Walker 6
Matt Bradley 3
||Free Throws Made
Evan Battey 5
Monty Bowser 1
Dallas Walton 2
Kuany Kuany 1
Evan Battey 1
Team Stats Summary