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Colorado rallies from 18 down to beat Washington State

Cougars start hot with 23-5 lead, then go very cold

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Colorado forward Evan Battey, left, shoots as Washington State center Dishon Jackson, center, defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, in Pullman, Wash.
Colorado forward Evan Battey, left, shoots as Washington State center Dishon Jackson, center, defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Pete Caster) Photo Gallery

PULLMAN — Evan Battey had 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting, McKinley Wright IV added all 12 of his points in the second half, and Colorado rallied from an 18-point, first-half deficit to beat Washington State 70-59 on Saturday night.

The Buffaloes (12-4, 6-3 Pac 12) opened the second half with a 19-6 run to take a 49-43 lead on Maddox Daniels’ 3-pointer with 10:51 left.

The Cougars stopped the run briefly and then Jabari Walker scored eight and Wright added six of Colorado’s 14 straight points to build its biggest lead at 66-48.

D’Shawn Schwartz added 11 points and Walker had nine. Wright added seven rebounds and five assists.

Isaac Bonton scored nine of his 21 points in the first eight minutes of the game while the Cougars (9-6, 2-6) made nine of their first 10 shots and jumped to a 23-5 lead. The Buffaloes made 2 of 11 shots during the same stretch.

Noah Williams added 16 points and Dishon Jackson had 10 for Washington State, which had its losing streak extend to five games.

Colorado returns to Boulder for a five-game home stand starting with a rematch with Washington State on Wednesday.

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