Buffs take air out of UW

BOULDER - The Pac-10 road was never been too kind to Lorenzo Romar-coached Washington teams, and the Huskies learned the hard way the Pac-12 path plans on being just as cruel. Colorado rolled over the Huskies 87-69 at the Coors Events Center on Thursday evening.

Washington (8-6, 2-1) had to deal with the mile-high elevation change, and seemed to handle things nicely out of the gate, jumping out to a 14-5 lead after a C.J. Wilcox made jumper with 14:30 remaining. Wilcox had made a three-pointer on the possession before, which happened to be his 100th as a Husky.

But from that point on, the air went out on UW's shooting touch, as they missed eight-straight shots before a Desmond Simmons layup with 9:30 left in the half.

By that time Colorado (10-4, 2-0) had regrouped, found their poise, and also found their shooting touch. Led by the 18 points of Carlon Brown, the Buffaloes used balanced scoring - they had five players in double-figures - and a 25-28 effort from the free throw line to pull away by 10 at the half and then extend their lead when the three-pointers began to fall.

Washington could never pull the lid from the basket, shooting only 20 percent from three (4-20) and 37.5 percent overall. That wasn't the case for the home team, as they went 8-14 from deep - led by the 6-8 combined by Brown and guard Askia Booker - and 49 percent total from the field.

UW's Terrence Ross started the second half with a deep two-point shot, and freshman sensation Tony Wroten followed that up with an immediate steal and dunk to cut Colorado's lead to six, but with 19:23 left in the game that was as close as the visitors would get.

The Buffaloes then went on an extended 25-9 run, punctuated by three Booker three-pointers, as CU used a static Washington offense and non-existent defense to their advantage. All night UW had trouble staying in front of the Buffs without either fouling or giving up layins. And when they did go into a zone after the first media timeout of the second half, that's when Colorado found their stroke from outside. No matter what the Huskies threw at them, CU had answers.

Washington was led by the current Pac-12 Player of the Week Wroten, who scored 21 points and had six steals. He also had one-third of UW's 15 turnovers, as they posted a paltry 7-15 assist-turnover ratio. Wilcox and Ross chipped in 19 and 13, respectively. Ross also added 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the year.

The Huskies next try to right the ship Saturday against Utah in Salt Lake City, who beat Washington State 62-60 in overtime Thursday.


Statistics:
Points: Wroten 21, Wilcox 19, Ross 13, Simmons 6, Gaddy 4, Gant 2, N'Diaye 2, Kemp 2
Rebounds: Ross 10, Wroten 6, Simmons 5, Gant 4, Gaddy 3, N'Diaye 2, Wilcox 2, Kemp 2
Assists: Wroten 3, Gant 1, Gaddy 1, Ross 1, Simmons 1
Steals: Wroten 7, Simmons 2
Blocks: Gaddy 1, Ross 1, Kemp 1


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