What went right: The Buffs posted an overall rebounding advantage of 39-28 and recorded 15 assists on 22 field goals.
What went wrong: CU matched a season-high with 19 turnovers, giving UW an 18-7 edge in points off turnovers.
Star of the game: Tyler Bey. The junior forward posted his fifth double-double in seven games with 20 points and 11 rebounds, though he was charged with a team-most six turnovers.
What's next: The Buffs will have a somewhat slower week before beginning a regular season-closing three-game homestand against Utah March 2.
SEATTLE — After his club went through a workout at Alaska Airlines Arena on Friday, Colorado men's basketball coach Tad Boyle talked about the need for the Buffaloes to protect the ball against a Washington defense that forces the most turnovers in the league.
That warning proved prophetic.
The Buffs committed 19 turnovers and the Pac-12 Conference-leading Huskies dominated each side of halftime, sending CU to a 64-55 defeat Saturday night at Alaska Airlines Arena.
It was CU's second straight loss in the state of Washington on the heels of a five-game winning streak, and it also was the Buffs' fourth straight loss at UW. The 19 turnovers by CU was its most in Pac-12 play and matched a season-high the Buffs previously reached in a loss against Indiana State in December.
Against the Pac-12's top defense, the Buffs also set a season-low in points despite shooting .522 in the second half.
"The reason we lost to Washington tonight was taking care of the ball," Boyle said. "We're not the only team that they turn over. They turn over a lot of teams in our league. They're causing the most turnovers. But you come into this building and you turn it over 19 times, good things are not going to happen to you."
The Buffs were within 27-25 after a Lucas Siewert bucket late in the first half, but the Huskies ended the frame on an 8-2 run to take a 35-27 lead at the break. Washington proceeded to open the second half with seven consecutive points and eventually built an 18-point lead.
CU's Tyler Bey scored six points in a 9-0 run by the Buffs that got them within 59-50 with seven minutes remaining, but the Buffs committed five more turnovers before scoring another point, enduring a scoring drought of 5 minutes, 45 seconds while the Huskies iced the win. UW clinched at least a share of the Pac-12 conference crown.
The 19 turnovers led to an 18-7 advantage for UW in points off turnovers, and Boyle also lamented the 13 offensive rebounds his club surrendered to the Huskies. The Buffs had 14 offensive rebounds of their own and actually posted a sizeable 39-28 rebounding advantage but, like the turnovers, the Huskies' offensive rebounds led to more scoring opportunities for UW and fewer scoring chances for the Buffs.
"They're traditionally not a good offensive rebounding team, but they were tonight against us," Boyle said. "It started in the first half. They had five of them, four of them by perimeter players. It wasn't our bigs. It was our perimeter guys that were giving up second shots. Didn't do a good enough job on the boards. Did not take care of the ball well enough. We let them get going right after halftime. I thought we weren't quite ready to answer the bell. They were."
Bey finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double in the past seven games.
WASHINGTON 64, COLORADO 55
COLORADO (16-11, 7-8 Pac-12)
Battey 2-5 0-0 4, Gatling 2-7 3-4 9, M.Wright 2-5 0-1 4, Schwartz 3-5 2-2 10, T.Bey 9-17 2-2 20, Siewert 2-5 0-0 4, Strating 1-1 0-0 2, Kountz 1-5 0-2 2, Parquet 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 22-53 7-11 55.
WASHINGTON (22-5, 13-1)
Green 1-6 2-3 5, Dickerson 3-7 0-1 6, Thybulle 7-13 1-2 17, Crisp 4-9 0-1 10, Nowell 5-11 2-3 12, Carter 2-6 1-2 7, Timmins 1-3 0-0 2, J.Bey 1-2 2-2 5. Totals 24-57 8-14 64.
Halftime — Washington 35-27. 3-point goals — Colorado 4-13 (Schwartz 2-4, Gatling 2-6, Siewert 0-1, M.Wright 0-2), Washington 8-20 (Crisp 2-3, Thybulle 2-4, Carter 2-6, J.Bey 1-1, Green 1-3, Nowell 0-3). Fouled out — Thybulle, Battey. Rebounds — Colorado 34 (T.Bey 11), Washington 25 (Green 6). Assists — Colorado 15 (M.Wright 5), Washington 11 (Crisp, Dickerson 3). Total fouls — Colorado 17, Washington 14. A — 10,000.