Arizona basketball’s rally turns futile in loss to Colorado

BOULDER, Colo. – Bennedict Mathurin dug himself out of Sean Miller’s doghouse, but he couldn’t completely get the Arizona Wildcats past an early 17-point deficit in Saturday’s 82-79 loss to Colorado.

The UA held slight leads throughout much of the second half thanks to Mathurin’s 22 points and some aggressive drives from guard James Akinjo, Colorado’s Evan Battey ultimately won it by hitting all four free throws he took in the final 15 seconds despite suffering an apparent injury after a late foul from UA’s Terrell Brown.

The loss dropped Arizona to 13-6 overall and 7-6 in the Pac-12, continuing the Wildcats’ tough history in Boulder. They have now lost four straight at the CU Events Center and are 2-6 at Colorado since the Buffs joined the conference in 2011-12.