- Associated Press - Saturday, February 1, 2014

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Xavier Talton first hit the shots that laid the groundwork for Colorado’s comeback. Then, he put Colorado over the top.

Talton scored five of his 14 points in overtime, including the go-ahead 3-pointer to start the extra period and Colorado overcame a 12-point second-half deficit to beat Utah 79-75 on Saturday.

“Holy cow, we needed that. We needed that bad,” Colorado coach Tad Boyle said after the Buffaloes pulled out of 1-4 slump since losing leading scorer Spencer Dinwiddie to a season-ending knee injury. “I thought our guys responded tonight.”

Talton made four of Colorado’s six 3-pointers in the game. He hit two in succession to help erase the Buffaloes’ second half deficit and another to start overtime, giving Colorado a lead it would not give up again.

“Anytime you hit a couple of shots in a row, it gives you a lot of confidence,” Talton said. “I started to feel a little bit of a rhythm and these guys were finding me in open spots, setting screens for me and it allowed me an open look. I’m just glad I knocked down shots.”

Josh Scott had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Colorado (16-6, 5-4 Pac-12), which averted losing a third straight. Askia Booker added 18 points for the Buffaloes, who have beaten the Utes eight of the last nine times in Boulder.

It was another tough setback for Utah (14-7, 3-6). The Utes have lost their seven games this season by a combined total of 26 points.

Delon Wright and Brandon Taylor each scored 17 points to lead the Utes, who remain winless in five conference road games this season.

“We were just out-hustled, man-handled when we needed rebounds,” said Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak after his Utes lost the battle of the boards 42-24. “We couldn’t get a rebound in about the last eight minutes of the game. Every time they shot it, they got the miss, so that was probably big. It just continued over into the overtime.”

Down 47-35 after Taylor’s layup with 16:52 left, Colorado got back in the game on the strength of a 14-2 flurry, punctuated by back to back 3-pointers by Talton that pulled the Buffaloes into a 49-all tie with 11:13 remaining.

The teams battled down the stretch, keeping it close the rest of the way.

With 2:14 left, Scott snapped a 60-all tie by making a pair of free throws but Jeremy Olsen quickly retied it with a driving layup.

After a Utah turnover, Wesley Gordon was fouled on an inside shot and made one of two free throws as Colorado regained the lead. Utah again turned it over on its ensuing possession and Josh Scott collared the loose ball, drawing a foul and making both free throws for a 65-62 Colorado lead with 19.2 seconds left.

But Taylor connected on a 3-pointer from the top of the key with six seconds remaining, tying it up and forcing overtime after Booker missed a long jumper as time expired in regulation.

Talton hit a 3-pointer to start overtime, and when Utah got within 71-69 on a dunk by Renan Lenz, he connected on a jumper, helping Colorado outscore the Utes 14-10 in the extra session.

Colorado was leading 26-19 when Utah put together a 14-0 run, fueled by Taylor’s third 3-pointer of the game and successive fastbreak layups by Ahmad Fields and Delon Wright that each followed Colorado turnovers.

Josh Scott’s layup broke up Utah’s run, but the Utes outscored the Buffaloes 6-3 over the last two minutes of the opening period to take a 37-31 halftime lead.

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