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No. 4 Arizona pulls away from Colorado, 88-61

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Freshman Aaron Gordon scored 21 of his season-best 23 points in the second half and Nick Johnson added 20 points as fourth-ranked Arizona won at Colorado for the first time since 1973, routing the Buffaloes, 88-61, Saturday night at Boulder.

It was a rare breather for the Wildcats (25-2, 12-2 Pac-12), who had played a series of close games since beating Colorado by 12 in Tempe, Ariz., on Jan. 23.

The Wildcats needed overtime to win at Utah in their previous game and they led this one by just four points early in the second half before running away with it.

Coming off an emotionally draining win over the Sun Devils on Wednesday night that burnished their NCAA tournament credentials, the Buffaloes (20-8, 9-6) came out ice cold, missing their first 14 shots. The only field goal by a Buffaloes starter before halftime came on Askia Booker's jumper with two seconds left in the half.

The Buffaloes didn't score a bucket for the first 10 minutes. Colorado fell behind 22-5 before Jaron Hopkins sank a three-pointer from the left side.

Josh Scott led the Buffaloes with 18 points.

Washington 86, at Oregon State 62: C.J. Wilcox had 23 points and the Huskies ended a seven-game road losing streak. Wilcox, who had been in single digits the last two games, moved in front of Jon Brockman for second on the Huskies' all-time career points list with 1,814. Chris Welp (1984-87) holds the record with 2,073.

The loss also ended a four-game winning streak at Gill Coliseum for the Beavers, who got 17 points from Pac-12 scoring leader Roberto Nelson.

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