Colorado came out sluggish, but turned it around quickly with a 35-16 run to end the first half as they surprisingly beat the Washington Huskies 87-69 for their best win of the year. Carlon Brown led the way with 19 points and shot efficiently to go 7-11 from the field. Andre Roberson posted his usual rebounding numbers, tallying 12, maintaining his position as a top rebounder in the country. What stood out the most had to be Colorado's defense. They limited Washington inside and forced them to take ineffective outside shots while forcing 14 turnovers. If the Buffaloes can continue this play throughout the season, they will be better than expected. More importantly, with this victory, Colorado has improved its record to 2-0 in Pac-12 play.
Things the Buffaloes did well: Offensively and defensively, Colorado played its most complete game. The Buffaloes were helping on defense, taking charges, and doing the little things they don't always do. The bench filled in greatly with the help of 12 points from Askia Booker. Booker had some crucial threes when Colorado looked lost against Washington's zone defense. Jeremy Adams and Sabatino Chen stepped up big each adding 6 points as well. Spencer Dinwiddie also did a great job of beating Washington's zone defense by pushing the ball in transition so Washington could not set up its zone. Overall, Colorado played mistake free basketball, never looking back once they got the lead, and earned their most impressive win of the year.
Things the Buffaloes struggled with: Early in the game, Colorado committed some sloppy turnovers and it looked like Washington was going to run away with the game as the Huskies went up 14-5. But after that, it was a flawless performance from the Buffaloes.
Up Next: The Buffaloes welcome the Washington State Cougars on Saturday. This could be a trap game for the Buffs. If the Buffaloes come out with the intensity they brought to their game tonight, they should be able to take care of Washington State and start off conference play 3-0.