Kent: Nothing we could do to defend Colorado

MAN OR ZONE, it didn't which defense Washington State threw at Colorado. The Buffaloes shredded the Cougars, shooting 55 percent from the field on the way to a 90-58 win. Which of course begs the question: did WSU run into a hot Buffaloes team, or have the Cougars, now on a three-game losing streak, hit a wall?

Colorado played without two of its top players in junior forwards Josh Scott and Xavier Johnson. The Cougars even caught a break when the Buffaloes' leading scorer, Askia Booker, started the game on the bench for violating a team rule. Didn't faze the Buffaloes one bit. CU opened the game on a 19-5 run, as the Buffaloes lit up WSU"s 2-3 zone with 3-point shooting.

“There’s not a lot we can do in that game because they hit what I call it their rhythm where they were playing extremely well,” Ernie Kent said. “They played well at both ends of the floor, they were shooting it well, passing it well, they were getting up in down the floor, they had their confidence. They’ve not looked like that in a while and they certainly found themselves in this ball game where they played extremely well.”

The Cougars (9-10, 3-4) cut the large early deficit some, thanks to a couple of 3-pointers by sophomore Que Johnson. However, the Buffaloes continued to find a rhythm on offense, finishing the half on a 14-4 run to take a 47-31 halftime lead.

“They (Colorado’s shots) went in all over the place,” Kent said. “There’s nothing we could do to defend them. We couldn’t guard them in man, we couldn’t guard them in zone. I thought they were terrific shooting the ball, they were terrific in their transition game and they were terrific on the glass as well too.”

Colorado out rebounded the Cougars 44-28. Kent added that the Buffaloes caused fatigue by the Cougars, which led to 11 offensive rebounds and 14 second-chance points for Colorado.

Despite starting the game ont he bench, Booker still torched WSU. Booker had 21 points, shot 6 of 14 from the floor, and had four assists.

The Cougars return home next week to host the Pac-12's Bay Area schools. WSU plays host to California at 8 p.m. on Jan. 29. It is followed two days later with a game against Stanford at 5:30 p.m. Both games will be televised on Pac-12 Network.

“It’s going to be a bounce back game for us obviously and we need people to come out,” Kent said. “We knew there were going to be some disappointments still this year but there’s going to be a lot of celebratory moments too. We just need to make sure we stay with them…we’ll bring them back and have them ready to play next week.

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