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Shorthanded CU Buffs come up empty at Washington State

PULLMAN, Wash. — The three-game road trip began with such promise, as Colorado posted the sort of gritty road win that can propel a young, up-and-coming team into NCAA Tournament contention.

The trip ended with consecutive duds that have put those tournament aspirations on life support.

The shorthanded Buffaloes simply had nothing in the tank on Sunday night at Washington State, with the Cougars pouncing early before handing the Buffs a thorough 70-43 defeat at Beasley Coliseum.

On Wednesday, the Buffs woke up on the heels of a stirring comeback victory at Oregon that gave CU a significant push in the NET rankings with two seemingly more winnable road games ahead. By Sunday night the Buffs were without two regular starters, had confirmed the season-ending knee injury to 7-foot-1 freshman Lawson Lovering, and were forced to limp home on the heels of losses at Washington and Washington State that provided few if any, bright spots.

While starting sophomore forward Tristan da Silva missed his second consecutive game due to a COVID issue, senior guard Elijah Parquet missed Sunday’s game despite being in uniform during the early warm-ups. Parquet came off the bench for the first time this season at Oregon and started at Washington after missing the previous week’s home games against USC and UCLA due to a lower leg injury.

The game was tied 5-5 in the early moments before Washington State took off, reeling off an 18-1 run — scoring the final 12 of those points in a row — that put the Buffs in a chasm-like hole. CU trailed 39-18 at halftime and posted a .259 mark from the field during the first half, the Buffs’ lowest shooting percentage in any half this season.

Overall, the Buffs shot a season-low .286.

Washington St. 70, Colorado 43

COLORADO (13-7, 5-6 Pac-12)

Battey 2-9 0-0 5, Walker 5-9 1-2 11, Barthelemy 2-6 0-0 5, Clifford 3-9 0-0 8, Simpson 1-7 2-2 4, Hammond 1-6 2-2 5, O’Brien 1-6 0-1 3, Loughlin 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 16-56 5-7 43.

WASHINGTON ST. (11-7, 5-3 Pac-12)

Gueye 2-5 0-0 5, Abogidi 4-8 0-0 9, Flowers 6-9 0-0 16, Roberts 4-7 0-0 10, Williams 3-10 4-6 10, Jakimovski 4-8 2-3 14, Rodman 2-3 0-0 4, DeWolf 0-0 0-0 0, Koulibaly 1-3 0-0 2, Rapp 0-0 0-0 0, Burghardt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-53 6-9 70.

Halftime – Washington St. 39-18. 3-Point Goals – Colorado 6-18 (Clifford 2-4, Battey 1-2, O’Brien 1-2, Barthelemy 1-4, Hammond 1-5, Simpson 0-1), Washington St. 12-28 (Flowers 4-7, Jakimovski 4-8, Roberts 2-4, Gueye 1-2, Abogidi 1-3, Koulibaly 0-1, Rodman 0-1, Williams 0-2). Rebounds – Colorado 30 (Walker 8), Washington St. 38 (Abogidi 11). Assists – Colorado 8 (Simpson 5), Washington St. 12 (Flowers 5). Total Fouls – Colorado 11, Washington St. 13.