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The Buffaloes run past the Cougars, 78-56

Colorado outscored WSU by 17 in the second half without Tyler Bey.

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NCAA Basketball: Washington State at Colorado Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Buffaloes were without one of their stars with Tyler Bey sitting out with an injury but used a strong second half to smother the Cougars 78-56 on Thursday night in Boulder.

The 23rd-ranked Buffs moved to 15-4 and 4-2 in Pac-12 play on the season while WSU fell to 12-8, 3-4.

Colorado had four players in double-digit scoring, led by Lucas Siewert, who had 16 points and 10 rebounds in his first start of the season in place of Bey. Bey sat with a hand injury, missing the first game of his career.

Evan Battey had 12 points and 10 boards and McKinley Wright had 10 points and 10 assists to complete the triple double-double. D’Shawn Schwartz also added 13 points for Colorado.

“That was a work-men-like win tonight. We were much better in that second half on many fronts. I was in our guys a little bit in that first half because I felt like we had some mental miscues that we can’t have happen if we want to compete at the highest level of college basketball. They responded though with only four turnovers in the second half. That was a major improvement. We rebounded and to be plus 17 on the boards with your best rebounder, Tyler Bey, on the bench is a testament to our guys. It was a good win. We have to take it and move on. We only get one crack at Washington State and we took care of that. We only get one crack at Washington and we get them on Saturday. We have to move forward with a quick turnaround,” said Tad Boyle.

Colorado held the Cougars to 22-for-59 shooting from the floor, including just 8-for-28 (28.6 percent) in the second half. The Buffs shot 26-for-57 for the game and also had a 45-28 edge on the boards.

Next up for the Buffaloes is a visit from the Washington Huskies on Saturday night at 7:00. Tyler Bey is expected to return to the lineup. Click here to find tickets for the game in Boulder.