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Washington holds off Colorado, 75-72

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Washington forward Keion Brooks, second from left, picks up a loose ball as, from left, Colorado guard J'Vonne Hadley, forward Tristan da Silva and guard Nique Clifford defend in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Boulder, Colo.
Washington forward Keion Brooks, second from left, picks up a loose ball as, from left, Colorado guard J'Vonne Hadley, forward Tristan da Silva and guard Nique Clifford defend in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Photo Gallery

BOULDER, Colo. — Keion Brooks Jr. scored 25 points, Braxton Meah had a double-double and Washington beat Colorado 75-72 on Thursday night, sweeping the season series against the Buffaloes.

Meah scored 10 points and finished with a career-high 12 rebounds. Washington (12-8, 4-5 Pac-12) also got help from Keyon Menifield who scored 10, and the Huskies finished 27-for-50 (54%) shooting and 12 of 14 from the foul line.

Brooks’ basket with 2:40 left put the Huskies up 71-63 before Colorado countered with a layup from KJ Simpson and a 3-pointer from Julian Hammond III with 1:44 remaining.

Meah and Colorado’s Hammond each sank a pair of foul shots in succession, and following a Brooks turnover, Simpson laid it in to reduce the Buffaloes’ deficit to 73-72. But the squads exchanged turnovers on their ensuing possessions and Cole Bajema made two foul shots with four seconds to go to seal it.

Meah threw down a dunk three-and-a-half minutes in for a 6-4 lead and Washington stayed ahead the rest of the way.

Hammond, a reserve, scored 18 points for Colorado (11-9, 3-6), Tristan da Silva 17 and Simpson 11.

It was Washington’s first win in Boulder since 2019.

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The Huskies travel to Utah to play the Utes on Saturday. Colorado hosts Washington State on Sunday.

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