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No. 23 Colorado rolls past Washington State 78-56

Cougars held to season-low point total

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Colorado forward Dallas Walton, left, drives to the rim as Washington State forwards Jeff Pollard, center, and CJ Elleby defend in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Boulder, Colo.
Colorado forward Dallas Walton, left, drives to the rim as Washington State forwards Jeff Pollard, center, and CJ Elleby defend in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Photo Gallery

BOULDER, Colo. — Lucas Siewert scored 16 points, D’Shawn Schwartz had 13 and No. 23 Colorado pulled away in the second half to beat Washington State 78-56 on Thursday night.

Evan Battey added 12 points and joined Siewert in pulling down 10 rebounds for Colorado (15-4, 4-2 Pac-12), which bounced back from a loss at Arizona last week. The Buffaloes outrebounded the Cougars 45-28 despite playing without Tyler Bey, the leading rebounder in the conference.

Colorado held Washington State to 37% shooting from the floor, and the scoring total for Washington State (12-8, 3-4) matched a season low. The Cougars lost to 65-56 to USC earlier this month.

CJ Elleby had 15 points to lead the Cougars. Daron Henson added 13 points and Isaac Bonton had 10 for Washington State, which fell to 0-9 in Boulder.

Up by five at halftime, Colorado put together a 12-1 run midway through the second half to pull in front 66-51 with 6:49 remaining, its biggest lead to that point. Siewert and Maddox Daniels both connected on 3-pointers during the surge.

Jervae Robinson stalled Colorado’s momentum by finishing a fast break with a jumper, Washington State’s first basket in more than six minutes. But the Buffaloes hustled down the floor and Daniels again connected from 3-point range to quash any hopes of a Cougars comeback.

Siewert had nine points in the first half, helping the Buffaloes take a 38-33 lead.

BIG PICTURE

Washington State: The Cougars had their best offensive showing of the season last time out in an 89-76 win over Oregon State but struggled to replicate the performance against Colorado’s stout defense.

Colorado: The Buffaloes hit the boards on both ends of the court and finished with a nearly 2-1 advantage in rebounds. Siewert and Battey each had a double-double.

UP NEXT

Washington State seeks its first win against Utah on Saturday night at the Huntsman Center, where they have gone 0-10 since 1969.

Coloradoh hosts Washington on Saturday night.

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