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Surging Colorado beats slumping Washington State

Field Level Media
28 Jan 2021, 14:40 GMT+10

McKinley Wright had 16 points and seven assists, Jeriah Horne scored 15 points and Colorado beat Washington State 70-58 on Wednesday night in Boulder, Colo.

Evan Batty added 14 points for Colorado (13-4, 7-3 Pac-12). Wright was 11-for-11 from the foul line.

Noah Williams scored 15 points, TJ Bamba put up 13 and Dishon Jackson had 12 points and eight rebounds for Washington State (9-7, 2-7).

Colorado won for the sixth time in seven games while Washington State lost its sixth game in a row.

The Cougars played without leading scorer Isaac Bonton, who was inactive due to an illness that is not COVID-19 related. Bonton is averaging 18 points through 14 games.

Despite not having Bonton, the Cougars got off to a fast start behind two 3-pointers from Williams and another from Ryan Rapp to lead 11-9.

Colorado took over after that to grab a big lead it never relinquished. Wright started it by being fouled on a made 3-pointer, and he hit the free throw to complete a four-point play. Horne had a jumper and a layup and a 3-pointer in a 20-0 run that put the Buffaloes in front 29-11.

Washington State missed five shots and turned it over three times during the scoreless drought.

The Cougars got within 11, but Colorado responded with eight straight points to lead 39-20.

Williams and Rapp had baskets to end the half, cutting the deficit to 39-24 at intermission.

The Buffaloes opened the second half with a 3-pointer by D'Shawn Schwartz before Washington State made a comeback. Bamba had a three-point play and hit one from long range and Williams made a layup during an 10-1 run that got the Cougars within 43-34.

Colorado responded with two three-point plays by Battey to make it 49-34 but then went on a drought, allowing Washington State back in it with nine straight points. Schwartz hit a 3-pointer to start an 11-4 run that gave the Buffaloes breathing room, and they closed it out.

--Field Level Media

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