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Utes’ season ends after near comeback against Colorado

Utes’ comeback attempt falls short as the team ends its worst year ever.



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Washburn collected his fourth block of the game and Anthony Odunsi downcourt, drawing a foul. He made both free throws.

Finally, Colorado broke its drought, on a putback layup by Brown. It had been 9:10.

At a glance

Highlights

Utah trims a 10-point lead to two with 6:12 remaining in the second half but can’t overcome the deficit.

» Jason Washburn leads the Utes with 11 points, six rebounds and five blocks.

Pac-12 men’s tournament

At Staples Center, Los Angles. Note » All times MST

First round, Wednesday

Game 1 » No. 9 Oregon State 69, No. 8 Washington State 64

Game 2 » No. 5 UCLA 55, No. 12 USC 40

Game 3 » No. 7 Stanford 85, No. 10 Arizona State 65

Game 4 » No. 6 Colorado 53, No. 11 Utah 41

Quarterfinals, Thursday

Game 5 » No. 1 Washington vs. No. 9 Oregon State, 1:10 p.m.

Game 6 » No. 4 Arizona vs. No. 5 UCLA, 3:40 p.m.

Game 7 » No. 2 California vs. No. 7 Stanford, 7:10 p.m.

Game 8 » No. 3 Oregon vs. Colorado, 9:40 p.m.

Semifinals, Friday

» Game 5 and Game 6 winners, 7:10 p.m.

» Game 7 and Game 8 winners, 9:40 p.m.

Championship, Saturday » Semifinal winners, 4:10 p.m.

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Utah nearly did tie it once. After a pair of free throws by Washburn, it was one basket away from fully recovering from that 10-point deficit spurred by Krystkowiak’s technical.

It unraveled again.

Washburn missed a baby hook shot. Colorado made free throws. Martin’s 3-pointer from the corner was on line, but off point.

This is where Hines would later say he thought the Utes would seize control.

"I wasn’t ready for it to end," Washburn said. "We just didn’t give up."

The Buffaloes’ lead was four. Then six.

Eight.

Then, once, more it was 10.


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On their next trip down the floor, the Utes lost possession on a jump ball and Krystkowiak muttered under his breath and shook his head. There was no use yelling.

Two minutes remained, but the game was over.

After 1,224 minutes, 16 seconds, then 15:44 more, it had ended.

boram@sltrib.com



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