BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Brandon Taylor scored 18 points on a career-best six 3-pointers and No. 13 Utah routed cold-shooting Colorado 79-51 on Saturday night.
Jordan Loveridge added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Utah (18-4, 8-2 Pac-12), which has put together back-to-back wins since losing last week at UCLA.
The Utes’ first win at the Coors Events Center since the schools joined the Pac-12 Conference three years ago completed a season sweep of Colorado. The Buffaloes lost the first meeting at Utah 74-49 on Jan. 7.
Josh Scott, who missed the last seven games and eight of the past nine with a back injury, had 10 points for Colorado (11-11, 4-6) in his return.
But the Buffaloes missed leading scorer Askia Booker, who was sidelined by a hip pointer.
Colorado shot just 29.8 percent from the field, converting only one of their nine 3-point tries. Utah converted 57.8 percent of its shots from the field, including a season-high 13 3-pointers.
Up by 12 at the break, Utah opened the second half with three consecutive 3-pointers, two by Loveridge, to move ahead 44-23.
The Buffaloes, meanwhile, made just two of their first 17 shots to start the second half. That allowed Utah to blow the game open with a 12-0 run that included two 3-pointers by Taylor for a 70-34 lead with just over six minutes left.
Dakarai Tucker and Taylor each hit 3-pointers in the final 46 seconds of the first half, helping Utah pull out to a 35-23 lead.
Missing the play-making Booker, Colorado struggled to get its offense going and trailed 17-3 in the first seven minutes of the game. The Buffaloes managed to cut the deficit to 18-12 before Utah began pulling away again.
Utah: The Utes have spent 12 weeks in the rankings, most in a season since 1999-2000. … Taylor moved into eighth place all-time at the school with 149 career 3-pointers, ahead of Mark Rydalch (145). … Jordan Loveridge had his first double-double of the season and the 11th of his career.
Colorado: Booker missed a game for the first time since his freshman year, when he sat out due to the flu. … Freshman forward Tory Miller made his first career start in place of Wesley Gordon, who came off the bench after being late for a team meeting.
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