Colorado 31 28 59
California 22 34 56
Date of game: 3/13/2014

Recap: California vs. Colorado

Las Vegas, NV (SportsNetwork.com) - Askia Booker totaled 17 points as Colorado held on to best California, 59-56, in Pac-12 quarterfinal action.

Xavier Talton added 13, with Josh Scott posting 11 points and Xavier Johnson 10 for the Buffaloes (23-10), who face No. 4 ranked and top-seeded Arizona in a Friday semifinal.

Justin Cobbs' game-best 21 points along with five assists and four rebounds wasn't quite enough for the Bears (19-13), who had topped Colorado 66-65 in OT in both clubs' regular-season finale. Tyrone Wallace contributed 13 points in a losing cause.

A slam by Jaron Hopkins gave the Buffs a 21-10 lead just after the midway point of the first half, but two quick threes by Wallace and Cobbs brought the Golden Bears within five. An ensuing 8-0 run by the Buffaloes -- ending on a Johnson trey -- made it 29-16, and CU went into halftime with a 31-22 advantage.

Colorado's edge stood at 47-37 on a Johnson bucket with 8:25 gone in the second half before Cal began chipping away. It came within a point on two occasions in the late going -- the last on another Cobbs triple with 4:16 to play -- but Scott responded with a bucket and two free throws to give the Buffs a 56-51 lead.

Cobbs' layup with six seconds showing pulled his team to 58-56, but he missed a potential game-tying three after Eli Stalzer made 1-of-2 from the line.

Game Notes

Illinois State rallies into FCS title game

If ever there was doubt about the Missouri Valley Football Conference being the top conference in the FCS, Illinois State provided a reminder on Saturday.

Broncos list Manning questionable for Monday

The Denver Broncos have declared quarterback Peyton Manning as questionable for Monday night's game at Cincinnati due to a thigh injury the five-time league MVP sustained last week.

Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Anthony to play in Knicks-Suns tilt

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will play in Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns after sitting out the team's previous outing due to soreness in his left knee.

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