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Utes Dismantle Buffaloes, 74-49

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Colorado loses first Pac-12 game, Xavier Johnson to injury in first half

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

A 15-0 run late in the first half gave Utah a lead they would never relinquish, as Colorado fell to the Utes 74-49 in Salt Lake City.

"I told the players this, they came to Colorado to get an education, and they got an education tonight, about what a top-ten team looks like." head coach Tad Boyle told AM-850 after the game. "We didn't do anything (well) enough to even be in the game, much less win the game."

With Colorado holding a 12-8 lead, Xavier Johnson planted awkwardly on his right ankle before missing a layup. Johnson had to be helped off the floor. Boyle indicated after the game that Johnson may have a high ankle sprain.

CU briefly stayed afloat without Johnson. A Josh Scott free throw gave CU their last lead at 15-14. Utah proceeded to go on a 15-0 run, to take a 29-15 lead. Colorado responded with a 6-0 mini-run, with three points apiece from Dominique Collier and Xavier Talton. At the end of a long first half, the Buffs found themselves down by just 10 points, 31-21.

Utah squashed whatever hope the Buffs had left with a 16-1 run early in the second half. The Utes led by as many as 35 points in the second half.

Askia Booker and Jaron Hopkins each had 12 points for the Buffs. CU finished with five assists and 18 turnovers.

Colorado will head to Arizona next week for matchups with the No. 7 Wildcats and Arizona State.