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Colorado Clobbers Cougars, 90-58

Buffs snap four-game losing streak, go back over .500 on the season

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Colorado snapped a four-game losing streak with a resounding 90-58 victory over Washington State.

"Tonight defensively, rebounding, and obviously offensively we had a great night," said head coach Tad Boyle. "When you play the game like that offensively, it makes everybody feel good."

CU's spark came from unlikely sources in the first half. With Josh Scott (back) and Xavier Johnson (ankle) still out with injuries and Askia Booker sitting the first four minutes due to tardiness, Tory Miller and Xavier Talton both stepped up.

Talton, who was gunshy against Washington on Thursday night, looked much more willing to shoot Saturday night. Talton stuck a pair of early threes, finishing the half with eight points, despite playing only ten minutes due to foul trouble.

Tory Miller showed off his mid-range game in the first half, hitting a pair of turn-around jumpers and finishing with what was already a career-high eight points.

Colorado concluded the half on a high note, as Wesley Gordon knocked down a three-pointer with 37 seconds left. CU defended the final possession of the half extremely well, with Jaron Hopkins snagging a rebound to keep the Colorado lead a 47-31 entering the locker room.

The second half was more of the same. Colorado shot 53 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes, never letting Washington State back into the game.

Six Buffs finished in double figures, led by Booker, who had a game-high 21 points. Jaron Hopkins tallied 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting. Gordon, Tre'Shaun Fletcher, Talton, and Miller all finished with 10 points. Dominique Collier also added a career-high eight points in 17 minutes.

CU's 25 assists on 34 baskets was the most ever in Boyle's tenure in Boulder.

Colorado heads to Southern California next week, in search of two more wins over Southern California and UCLA.

"Just like we can't get too low and down and dejected when we lose, we can't get too giddy when we win," said Boyle.