Rocky Mountain Low

Colorado scored the first 10 points of the game and never looked back as they blew out the Huskies 91 – 65 In Boulder this evening. Washington combined charmin-soft defense with ice cold shooting to ensure their worst defeat of the season.

Xavier Johnson scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Buffaloes. Josh Scott beat up the Huskies inside, scoring 21 points and 8 boards, and three big shot blocks. Askia Booker added 20 points and dished out 7 assists.

Washington was outrebounded 44-30, and the Huskies allowed the Buffaloes to convert 55% of their field goal attempts, while the Huskies only connected on 32% in what was the worst of a three-game stretch of games that has all but rendered the Huskies NCAA dance thoughts irrelevant.

The Buffaloes came out blazing hot against a very soft and unfocused Husky defense, hanging 48 points by halftime on Washington. Colorado did it from both the inside and outside, hitting on their first four three-pointers and outrebounding the Huskies 13-2 in the first 8 minutes of the game. Washington only hit on 1 of their first 12 field goal attempts, digging a huge hole for themselves.

Washington trailed by 15 at the 8:00 mark, and finally came to life. With Wilcox cold and on the bench, Washington used some smooth transition offense from Williams-Goss and Mike Anderson. A Williams-Goss trey got the Huskies to within seven, and Washington had several opportunities to cut it deeper but they were unable to come up with several loose balls and rebounds. The Buffaloes quelled the Washington run and went on one of their own to close the half. Askia Booker had 16 by intermission and Josh Scott had 10 points, 3 blocked shots, and 5 rebounds in the first 20 minutes to stake Colorado to a 48-33 lead.

The second half never saw the Huskies get any closer than 14 points as the Buffaloes pulled away to an easy win, handing the Huskies their third straight loss, all on the road.

Nigel Williams-Goss led the Huskies with 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. Perris Blackwell added 10 points and 5 rebounds. They were the only two Huskies to reach double digits. C.J. Wilcox went 2-10 from the field, missing on all seven of his three-point attempts, and managed just 8 points.

The Huskies return to Seattle to face Stanford on Wednesday evening in Hec-Edmundson Pavilion.

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