Riding on the back of a 21-point performance from George King, Colorado blew Washington State out of the building with an 80-56 win.
While King lead all scorers with 21, Josh Fortune also chipped in 13 of his own. It was a thoroughly dominant performance over the worst team in the Pac-12, as the Buffs led in every major statistical category expect for turnovers.
Normally, when Josh Scott finishes the first half scoreless it's a bad sign for Colorado. That wasn't the case this afternoon, as George King picked up the slack and scored 17 in the first 20. King's contributions were bolstered by stifling defense from the Buffs, who held Washington State to 26% shooting. The game changed hands a few times in the opening minutes, but CU took the lead for good with about 17 minutes to play. From there, it was just about how many they would win by.
The second half was more of the same, Josh Scott got things going with a layup. For Scott, he provided a different flavor than he usually does. His final line was six points, five rebounds and five assists, which lead the team. Washington State never got within 17 and Colorado was able to empty the bench at the very end. Brett Brady splashed a three with 27 second remaining, which summed up the night quite well.
Colorado will take on the No. 4 seed Arizona Wildcats in the second round of the Pac-12 Tournament on Thursday at 3:30 MT. The matchup comes just two weeks after the Buffs knocked off the Wildcats in Boulder, a game that created some controversy after the students stormed the court. The winner will advance to take on the winner of Oregon and Washington in the semifinals on Friday.