SPOKANE, Wash. -- All night, the Colorado men's basketball team waited for someone to step up and lead them.

Finally in overtime, somebody did.

Sophomore forward Josh Scott scored eight of his 19 points in the extra session Wednesday night to help CU to a 71-70 win against Washington State at Spokane Arena.

"He was great," CU head coach Tad Boyle said. "When we get him the ball down there, he usually scores or gets fouled."

Scott went 8-for-12 from the floor and 3-for-4 at the free throw line. He said that with some of his teammates not playing well, he knew he had to step up.

"That's all I was trying to do," he said.

Scott also finished with nine rebounds, falling just short of his sixth consecutive double-double.

Dinwiddie off

Throughout the night, CU point guard Spencer Dinwiddie didn't look right.

He finished with just six points and two assists and never displayed the aggressiveness that he usually does when the Buffs struggle offensively.

"I don't know where he was. He wasn't in Spokane Arena tonight," Boyle said. "I have no idea."

Asked if Dinwiddie wasn't feeling ill, Boyle said, "I don't know. He sure looked like it."

Dinwiddie didn't attempt a single shot -- from the floor or free throw line -- until midway through the second half. He drove to the basket just once all night, on a steal for a layup with 3:58 to go in overtime.

"No, I'm fine," Dinwiddie said after the game.


Hitting freebies

Guard Askia Booker was nearly perfect at the free throw line, going 13-for-14 at the stripe.

On a night when he wasn't hitting from the floor, going 2-for-12, his aggressiveness in getting to the line was huge for the Buffs.

"Coach was telling me to be aggressive," Booker said. "I was trying to get to the free throw line and attack the paint, because I knew my jump shot felt kind of weird. If I can get (to the line), I'm really confident."

Prior to Sunday's game against Oregon, Booker had never hit more than six free throws in a game. He was 10-for-12 against the Ducks and is now 23-for-26 at the line in the past two games.

Slowing it down

Washington State might be the slowest-paced team in the Pac-12, and that certainly impacted the Buffs.

Throughout the night, the Cougars worked the shot clock to the final seconds before putting up a shot -- often hitting it.

"It's rough when you have to guard that long," Booker said. "We're used to playing up and down, so it kind of took away from us. When we're not efficient in the half-court set, it's really rough."

Booker said it's no excuse for the Buffs allowing the Cougars to shoot 45 percent (27-for-60) and 56.5 percent from 3-point range (13-for-23).

"We have to be able to get stops no matter what," he said.


CU now has three days to prepare for Sunday's game at Washington. Boyle didn't like that going into the trip, but after Wednesday he said, "I'm glad we've got three days of practice to get better." ... CU is off to a 3-0 start in conference play for just the third time since 1970. The Buffs also had 3-0 starts in 1996-97 and 2011-12. ... CU is now 4-2 this season when trailing at the half. ... The Buffs are 8-1 in games decided by single digits. ... The Buffs out-rebounded the Cougars 34-33. ... CU had just six turnovers, but also had just eight assists on 21 buckets. Washington State had 17 assists on 27 field goals. ... During the past two years, Washington State is now 6-1 in home games without star DaVonte Lacy. They are 9-9 in home games with him.

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