A last-second foul helped Colorado squeeze past Oregon in a battle among leaders of the Pac-12 Conference Saturday.
Nate Tomlinson hit one of two free throws in the final second after being fouled to give the Buffaloes a 72-71 win before a packed house.
Oregon got 18 points from Devoe Joseph and 17 points from Olu Ashaolu, who had a chance to give the Ducks the lead with 7.6 seconds left, but missed a free throw to complete a three-point play.
Tomlinson drew the crucial foul from E.J. Singler with under a second left in the game.
Oregon fell to 16-7 overall, 7-4 in Pac-12 play, while Colorado improved to 16-7, 8-3.
Singler finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Oregon plays host to conference-leading Washington Thursday night.
OREGON 79, UTAH 68
The Oregon Ducks shook off the second-half malaise from Sunday's loss to Oregon State in time to win at Utah Thursday, and keep pace with Washington in the race for the Pac-12 Conference regular season title.
Devoe Joseph had 20 points, E.J. Singler scored 12 and Carlos Emery added 14 points off the bench as Oregon outscored the Utes 43-32 in the second half and won 79-68.
The Ducks hit 28 of 57 (49 percent) shots from the field and 15 of 17 (88 percent) of their 17 free-throw attempts to improve to 16-6 overall, 7-3 in Pac-12 play.
Washington beat UCLA Thursday to improve to 15-7, 8-2.
The Ducks, who play at Colorado Saturday, trailed 59-58 when they scored the next 11 points to take control of the game.
Colorado also improved to 7-3 in Pac-12 play with an 82-60 blowout of Oregon State Thursday.
Portland drops another road game, and another knee gets attention
Jan. 30, 2012
The road to the NBA playoffs was unkind again for the Portland Trail Blazers, who lost 93-89 at Utah Monday night.
Portland got 25 points and seven rebounds from LaMarcus Aldridge and 15 points from Nicolas Batum, but fell to 3-8 on the road.
Utah got a stellar effort from Paul Millsap, who scored 19 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead five players in double figure points.
The Jazz, who beat the Blazers for the first time in five meetings, improved to 12-7 overall, while Portland dropped to 12-9.
The Blazers led by 11 in the third quarter, but Utah rallied and led 87-81 when Portland rallied to within 89-87 and had the ball with 24 seconds left. Batum lost the ball on the possession and suffered an injured left knee on the play. Utah made 4 of 6 free throws in the final 13 seconds to seal the win.
Utah scored a huge edge at the free-throw line, turning Portland's 24 fouls into 38 attempts. Portland turned Utah's 17 fouls into only 13 attempts.
The loss dropped the Blazers into a three-way tie for sixth in the Western Conference. Portland plays host to Charlotte on Wednesday.