SEATTLE (AP) — Markelle Fultz scored a career-high 37 points including 25 in the second half and overtime, David Crisp's 3-pointer with 27 seconds left put Washington in front for good and the Huskies beat Colorado 85-83 in overtime on Wednesday night.
Washington (9-9, 2-4 Pac-12) rallied from a 17-point second half deficit and survived a frantic final few minutes of regulation and overtime to keep the Buffaloes winless in Pac-12 play. Colorado (10-9, 0-6) has lost six straight to begin the conference season.
“It is amazing. I just can't get over the inconsistencies of our basketball team and we have talked about it for a long time, since November, and it is still plaguing us,” Tad Boyle told Mark Johnson during his post-game interview on 760 AM. “And if tonight is not the epitome of that inconsistency, I don't know what is."
Washington trailed 41-24 in the opening moments of the second half, but pieced together a methodical rally to force overtime at 67-all. In the extra session, the Huskies trailed 81-80 after Xavier Johnson's dunk with 32 seconds left, but Crisp answered quickly off the make with his fourth 3-pointer of the game to put the Huskies ahead 83-81. Dominique Collier missed a chance at a go-ahead 3 for Colorado and two free throws from Crisp clinched the victory for Washington.
“Our defense is just letting us down," Boyle said. "They have 28 points at halftime and they end up with 85. You look at the percentages and we got a couple stops there but we couldn't come up with rebounds. We are finding ways to lose and we are not finding ways to win. We had our chances.”
Johnson led the Buffaloes with 24 points and Derrick White added 23. Colorado lost its fourth conference game by less than 10 points.
“This team has fight, it has resolve, we just don't have the killer instinct that you need to have," Boyle said. " It is really, really disappointing. This group is right there. We should be 3-3 in this league but instead we are 0-6.”
The Buffaloes travel to Washington State on Sunday.