PULLMAN, Wash. — Chances are the Colorado Buffaloes didn't spend much time game-planning for Washington State guard Charles Callison.
The Buffs will certainly remember him when the Cougars visit Boulder in three weeks.
Callison was able to take advantage of CU's lackluster perimeter defense to put together a career performance Saturday afternoon, leading WSU to a 91-89 overtime victory.
"He got hot," CU guard Derrick White said. "And people at this level, when they get hot, that's what they're going to do to us."
Callison entered Saturday's Pac-12 contest having scored just six points total the previous three games but erupted for a career-high 30 points against the Buffs. His previous career-best was just 16 points, and Callison's scoring output Saturday accounted for more points than he had scored in the Cougars' six previous league games combined.
Callison went 12-for-16 overall and 6-for-9 on 3-pointers. He entered the game having gone just 14-for-44 (.318) from 3-point range all season.
CU might have had a better shot at dispatching Washington State in regulation if not for a scoring flurry from Callison late in regulation. The Buffs had been chipping away at the Cougars' lead for much of the second half before finally pulling into a 61-61 tie on a George King layup with 7 minutes, 48 seconds remaining. However, Callison quickly reversed the momentum, promptly knocking down three 3-pointers in a span of 1:16 to keep the Buffs at bay.
Though CU eventually rallied down the stretch, Callison's red-hot outside touch prevented the Buffs from perhaps getting over the hump sooner. Washington State finished with a .538 overall field goal percentage, marking the second time in four games and the third time in seven Pac-12 games a CU opponent has shot at least 50 percent.
"That's why we're losing games. It's not because of our offense," CU coach Tad Boyle said. "Our offense was good enough to win (Saturday). Our defense is not good enough to beat anybody in this league right now. Until we figure that out and get that taken care of, it's the way it is."
Saturday's loss was just the second in 10 games for CU against Washington State since the Buffs joined the Pac-12 Conference...CU's seven-game losing streak is it's longest since the 2008-09 season... King enjoyed another solid shooting performance for the Buffs, going 6-for-9 overall and 3-for-5 on 3-pointers. He has made 11-of-18 3-pointers over the past four games...Senior Wes Gordon quietly put together one of his best offensive performances of the season, going 5-for-6 from the floor and a perfect 5-for-5 at the free throw line to finish with 15 points...The Buffs shot .478 overall, their best mark in eight games, but went only 6-for-21 on 3-pointers. Take King's long-range mark out of the equation and the rest of the Buffs went only 3-for-17 on 3-pointers.