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Kent: We allowed Buffs to push us around; Cougs fall hard 81-49 at Colorado

ERNIE KENT wasn’t making excuses after Washington State got blown out 81-49 at Colorado. But it was also clear the Cougar head man wasn’t a fan of how the game was officiated.

“I also think a lot of it had to do with us with bad reads, bad plays, not being able to feed the post, dribbling the ball off your leg -- that ain’t Colorado, that’s us,” Kent told Matt Chazanow on the Cougar Radio Broadcast after the loss. “But the feel in the game, that it was a really physical game … if that’s all just aggressive basketball up the line, pressure basketball, hey more power to them if they can play that way and get away with it.

“We allowed the ‘physical-ness’ of the game to take us out of our game.”

Colorado was whistled for 18 fouls, WSU had 17.  With the loss Washington State fell to 11-14, 4-9 in  Pac-12 play. Colorado improved to 15-11, 5-8.

The Cougars committed 24 turnovers, the most since 2009 against Kansas State. 

The turnovers came early and often but WSU was still within striking distance midway through the first half. Neither team was playing particularly well and the Cougs had the ball in their hands trailing 12-11  with 9:34 remaining. That’s when Colorado went on a 17-4 run and took control.

“It’s hard to win a game when you commit turnovers responsible for 34 points,” said Kent.  “To Colorado’s credit, I thought they were the aggressor in the game, I thought they were extremely physical. It’s the most physical game we’ve played in. One of my comments to the officials: This is a different game than I’ve coached so far in this conference.”

Only one Cougar, Robert Franks, scored in double figures. His 3-pointer with three-tenths of a second left in the game gave him 10 points.  The Cougs were outscored in the paint 42-14.

“I just felt like they completely knocked us on our heels. And once we started to turn it over, we really never regained our composure … they just took us apart,” said Kent.

UP NEXT: WSU plays host to Arizona on Thursday (6 p.m., FS1).

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