ASU jumped out to a quick lead, as the Buffaloes missed their first five shots of the game. But the game quickly evened out, as the teams played equal for most of the first half.
However, with ASU up 37-33 with 2:08 remaining in the first half, the momentum switched.
The Sun Devils did not score again and the Buffaloes went on an 8-0 run to take a 41-37 lead into the halftime locker room.
In the second half, ASU came out firing and re-took the lead in under 80 seconds.
The half would play out much like the first, including the late run by the Buffaloes.
With the Sun Devils leading 60-56 after a jumper by senior guard Tra Holder, Colorado scored 15 of the next 16 to gain a lead it would never give up.
During the run, the Sun Devils went 4:57 without making a field goal, a streak that was finally ended by a 3-pointer by Holder.
But it was all for naught, as a Sun Devil team that made its living coming from behind could not muster one final comeback, seeing its run in the Pac-12 Tournament end early.
While the futile five minutes deserves to be looked at, it was ASU’s performance from the free throw line that doomed the Sun Devils. They made just 12 of 21 free throws, shooting an abysmal 57.1 percent.
On the other side, CU made 18 of 20 shots from the line, taking advantage of ASU miscues and keeping the Sun Devils at an arm’s length for the final stretch.
The Sun Devils will now have to sit around and wait for Selection Sunday to see if its resume is good enough for a bid to the NCAA Tournament, a place they have not been since the 2013-14 season.