It was, just maybe, the quietest dominating rebounding effort that will be seen this season at the CU Events Center.
While it was the all-around skills of Tyler Bey that took center stage during Colorado's 92-60 Pac-12 Conference win Thursday night against Washington State, redshirt freshman Evan Battey helped Bey and the Buffs batter the visiting Cougars on the glass.
Bey finished with his fifth double-double of the season and the seventh of his career, posting 10 rebounds along with a career-high 26 points. Yet the 6-foot-8 Battey turned in an unusual statistical line, attempting only three shots while grabbing a season-best 14 rebounds. Battey owned 10 of those rebounds at halftime and recorded five of those boards at the offensive end of the floor.
"Evan Battey — 10 rebounds at halftime and 14 for the game," CU coach Tad Boyle said. "His rebounding, and Tyler gets a double-double, and D'Shawn (Schwartz) rebounded the ball well. That's something we harp on all the time. We need to rebound the basketball, hopefully both offensively and defensively, and we did a good job of that tonight."
Battey and Bey helped lead the Buffs to a 41-27 rebounding advantage. Battey's 14 rebounds tied for the second-most by a CU player this season, as Bey posted 15 against Illinois-Chicago and 14 in the season-opener against Drake.
Guard Namon Wright, the Buffs' only senior, missed his second consecutive game due to a foot injury. Boyle didn't alter his description of Wright being day-to-day, and with only one off-day before the Buffs host Washington on Saturday night, it seems unlikely Wright will return this homestand.
"Namon's foot hurts. He hasn't practiced since the Arizona game, so I don't really know," Boyle said. "Structurally there's nothing wrong with the foot, but it's giving him pain. Namon hasn't practiced, doesn't feel like he can practice, so until he comes back and practices, he'll be out. But I have no idea how long that will be. That's why I call it day-to-day."
Once again Boyle might a slight alteration to his starting lineup, with Denver East freshman Daylen Kountz getting his first career start. Kountz went 3-for-9 overall and 2-for-3 on 3-pointers, finishing with eight points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal with two turnovers in 22-plus minutes.
Fellow freshman Eli Parquet made his first career start in CU's previous game at Arizona State in place of Shane Gatling, who now has come off the bench in two straight games after starting the first 13 games of the season. Gatling struggled to a .295 mark (13-for-44) on 3-pointers as a starter but has gone 7-for-15 (.467) in two games off the bench.
The Buffs improved to 8-0 all-time at home against Washington State...CU's 92 points was its most in regulation in a regular-season Pac-12 game since a 100-91 against Oregon on Jan. 5, 2014...Schwartz set career-highs in points (16) and assists (four)...With seven assists, point guard McKinley Wright increased his career total to 257 and matched Richard Roby for 16th-place on CU's career list.