LAS VEGAS -- Tad Boyle is tired of watching his tall timber hit the hardwood.

During Colorado's painful 63-62 overtime loss to Arizona State on Feb. 16 at the Coors Events Center, Josh Scott suffered a concussion after a violent dance in the paint with 7-2 center Jordan Bachynski.

The Buffs' 6-10 freshman forward was the one called for a foul on the play and missed the next two games.

During the first half of CU's 79-69 loss to No. 18 Arizona in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament on Thursday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Shane Harris-Tunks hit the back of his head on the floor after getting tangled up with counterpart Grant Jerrett.

The Buffs' 6-11 junior center did not return after being diagnosed with a concussion.

"We've had two blatant no calls that have led to concussions on our basketball team and I'm really disappointed about it," Boyle said before the Buffs flew back to Boulder 48 hours earlier than they had hoped.

After Harris-Tunks' injury, Ben Mills entered the fray and chipped in with two rebounds and a made free throw in five minutes after having logged only three minutes during the entire Pac-12 regular season.

"Ben, I was more proud of him than anybody coming in," Boyle said. "When Shane did go down, he came in and played well and battled."

Jeremy Adams made a key 3-pointer and Xavier Talton added four points and two assists off the bench.


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"Jeremy is coming into his own, playing extremely well. I feel very comfortable with him on the floor," Boyle said. "Xavier Talton, I thought in the second half when we made our run he had good minutes."

Arizona still had a 25-11 edge in bench points with Jordin Mayes (eight points) and Jerrett (eight points) making some big plays.

Mutual respect

The Buffs were 5-0 in the Pac-12 Tournament before falling to the Wildcats. That included a 53-51 victory over Arizona in the title game last year in Los Angeles.

The teams split their meetings in the regular season with CU blowing a 16-point lead in the controversial overtime loss in Tucson and avenging the defeat with a 13-point win in Boulder.

"I just know we respect them a great deal," Arizona coach Sean Miller said of Boyle and the Buffs. "They're very well-coached. We have similarities in terms of our style. They take a lot of pride in their man-to-man defense; we do as well. They have some really talented players, and obviously we do too. I think both teams play hard.

"When you have those similarities and qualities, and then you play really hard and play to win, many times the game plays itself out like it did here today."

Notable

Arizona, the No. 4 seed, will face No. 1 UCLA in the semifinals on Friday. The Bruins swept the regular-season series and advanced with a win over Arizona State on Thursday. ... This is the third consecutive season the No. 4 seed has advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament. ... All nine Arizona players that saw action scored, led by Nick Johnson (18 points, 6-for-7 shooting). ... Andre Roberson (15 points, 11 rebounds) posted his 12th double-double of the season.

Quotable

"Our guys battled in the second half and showed the heart of a Colorado Buffalo and what that's about. These guys have more basketball ahead of them this year with the job they've done this season," Boyle said.

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