PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Charles Callison scored a career-high 30 points and had five steals, pacing Washington State past Colorado 91-89 in overtime on Saturday, as the Cougars put a four-game losing streak to rest and kept the Buffaloes winless in conference play.
Ike Iroegbu hit a contested layup to give Washington State a two-point lead with 10.5 seconds left in overtime after Derrick White's jumper put Colorado up two with 1:52 left.
“Same old story,” Tad Boyle said with a frustrated laugh during his post-game radio interview with Mark Johnson on 850 KOA. “We made a team that has been struggling to score, that scored 47 points in this building two nights ago against Utah, and they hang 91 on us.
“They made some tough shots, don't get me wrong. But our defense right now is not good enough to beat anybody in this league and it doesn't matter who we play or where we play.”
Josh Hawkinson finished a hook-shot to put the Cougars up four with 35 seconds to go in regulation. Xavier Johnson tipped in a George King miss, then White hit two free throws to tie the game at 83 with 7.2 seconds left. Callison missed a long 3 at the regulation buzzer.
White paced Colorado with 25 points, six assists and five rebounds. He also supplied the game-tying free throws in regulation and a key bucket in overtime.
“Our guys showed tremendous fight to get back in this thing and send it to overtime and I have to credit our guys for that,” Boyle said. “This team obviously hasn't given up but we aren't committing to doing the things it takes to win games. We're interested in doing it sometimes, but defensively, you look at their numbers, holy cow.”
Washington State came into Saturday's contest ranked second-to-last in the conference in three-point shooting percentage. Against the Buffs, the Cougars made 13-of-26 from beyond-the-arc. Washington State shot 50 percent or better in the first half, second half and in overtime.
“We have had the lead within the last minute of four games now in seven conference games and we have come up on the short end every time which means we can't get stops when we need to get stops,” Boyle said. “So until we commit to [defense] and do something about that, we aren't going to win games.”
Now 0-7 in conference play and 10-10 on the season, the Buffaloes will return home to face Oregon State, the only other winless team in the Pac-12, on Thursday night at 6:30 pm (MT).