Big second half run pushes CU Buffs men’s basketball past Washington State – The Denver Post

Big second half run pushes CU Buffs men’s basketball past Washington State – The Denver Post

January 7, 2022

Tad Boyle warned that after an unusually long midseason delay between games, the Colorado men’s basketball team wouldn’t exactly be in midseason form once the Buffaloes returned to the floor.

At long last — 19 days to be exact — that day finally arrived on Thursday. And indeed, the Buffs looked more like a team playing its first game of the season, and not one playing its first game of the new calendar year.

Yet much like the early games of the 2021-22 season, the Buffs found a way to get the job done down the stretch. Spurred by a dominant run midway through the second half, the Buffs made it a happy 59th birthday for Boyle on Thursday, resuming Pac-12 Conference play with an 83-78 win against Washington State at the CU Events Center.

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Washington State led for much of the first half after surging ahead behind a 16-4 run. CU answered that burst with seven consecutive points to keep the score close throughout the remainder of the half, though the Cougars took a 38-37 lead into halftime.

Consecutive 3-pointers from Washington State’s Tyrell Roberts gave the Cougars a 58-52 lead midway through the second half, but CU ripped off an 11-0 run to take control. WSU battled to within 71-68 and remained within four points on several occasions down the stretch, but the Buffs came up with a key basket each time to hold off the Cougars.

WSU had a final chance after battling to within 79-76 in the final minute, but senior guard Elijah Parquet worked down the shot clock before converting a driving layup to push the CU lead back to five points.

CU shot a red-hot 64.3% after halftime (18-for-28) and finished 19 for 27 at the free-throw line, offsetting a sloppy 17-turnover effort by the Buffs.

Senior Evan Battey went 7 for 8 from the field and paced the Buffs’ offense with 20 points. Point guard Keeshawn Barthelemy scored 16 points with four assists, while Jabari Walker went 7 for 11 with 17 points and eight rebounds.

Freshman guard Julian Hammond III also contributed a clutch effort off the bench. After fellow freshman KJ Simpson was sidelined for the remainder of the game after taking a shot to the head in the first half, Hammond posted five rebounds, four assists, two points and no turnovers in 14 minutes.

Colorado 83, Washington St. 78

WASHINGTON ST. (8-5, 1-2 Pac-12)

Gueye 1-2 0-2 2, Jackson 3-6 2-2 8, Bamba 5-10 2-4 14, Flowers 2-10 2-2 7, Roberts 9-20 4-4 25, Abogidi 6-6 4-6 16, Rodman 2-3 1-1 6, Jakimovski 0-2 0-0 0, Koulibaly 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 28-61 15-21 78.

COLORADO (10-3, 2-1)

Battey 7-8 4-6 20, Walker 7-11 2-5 16, da Silva 3-6 2-2 10, Barthelemy 5-12 5-5 17, Parquet 2-6 2-2 6, Clifford 3-6 3-3 9, Hammond 1-4 0-0 2, Lovering 1-2 1-4 3, Simpson 0-1 0-0 0, O’Brien 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-56 19-27 83.

Halftime — Washington St. 38-37. 3-point goals — Washington St. 7-26 (Roberts 3-10, Bamba 2-4, Rodman 1-2, Flowers 1-9, Jakimovski 0-1), Colorado 6-15 (Battey 2-3, da Silva 2-3, Barthelemy 2-5, Parquet 0-2, Walker 0-2). Fouled out — Jackson, Abogidi. Rebounds — Washington St. 26 (Abogidi 10), Colorado 28 (Walker 8). Assists — Washington St. 12 (Flowers 5), Colorado 17 (Barthelemy, Parquet, Hammond 4). Total fouls — Washington St. 25, Colorado 18.

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