Washington’s Mike Anderson, left, knocks the ball away from Colorado’s Wesley Gordon in the second half Sunday.
Washington's Mike Anderson, left, knocks the ball away from Colorado's Wesley Gordon in the second half Sunday. ( Elaine Thompson )

SEATTLE -- Buried in the disappointment of a crushing loss and possible devastating injury was the fact that Colorado saw one of its freshmen have a stellar performance on Sunday.

Redshirt freshman Wesley Gordon recorded the first double-double of his career in CU's 71-54 loss to Washington.

The 6-foot-9 Gordon scored 11 points and posted career highs in rebounds (13) and blocks (four). He was a beast right from the start, scoring CU's first four points and finishing the first half with nine points and 11 rebounds.

"I just came in focused and thought about being more aggressive on the offensive end and being more aggressive on the boards, and that worked out fairly well," Gordon said.

Gordon came into the game averaging 6.7 points and 6.0 rebounds, while co-leading the team with 18 blocks.

He's had other big games this season, but Sunday may have been the most active he's been in a CU uniform.

"I was just trying to do my job, really," he said. "It just felt good for me. I blocked a couple of shots (early) and then I realized I was starting to have a good game, so I just started being more aggressive on defense and offensively."

Fellow Colorado Springs native Josh Scott was impressed with Gordon's game.

"He was animal on the boards, an animal blocking shots," Scott said. "He was working his butt off. It was good to see him play that well."

Stalzer gets chance

With starting point guard Spencer Dinwiddie injured in the first half and starting two-guard Askia Booker struggling, the Buffs turned to sophomore Eli Stalzer a bit on Sunday.

The 6-foot-3 Stalzer got his most extensive playing time of the season, with 10 minutes. He had two points, two rebounds and an assist.

"I was just trying to make the most of every opportunity, really," said Stalzer, who had played just 27 minutes all season coming in. "Offensively, just trying to work within our system and get other people open shots and take what I can get. Defensively, just lock down, really."

If Dinwiddie misses significant time with his knee injury, Stalzer could see more minutes in the future.

"Who knows? Possibly," Stalzer said. "If it is (an opportunity), I'm going to do the best I can."

Wilcox explodes

Dinwiddie spent most of his 15 minutes on the floor guarding Washington star C.J. Wilcox. During that time, Dinwiddie kept Wilcox fairly contained. But, without Dinwiddie on the floor in the second half, Wilcox caught fire.

The 6-foot-5 guard, who came in as the second-leading scorer in the Pac-12, torched the Buffs for 21 second-half points, and a career-high 31 overall.

"Every time he shoots it, you think it's going in," CU head coach Tad Boyle said. "He's got such a good stroke, a good release and he gets it off quickly. He's got great size. They run good stuff for him. Hopefully our guys can learn from him. A guy who plays without the ball like that is pretty special."

Wilcox topped his previous career high of 30 points against Boston College on Nov. 22.

Notable

CU freshman Tre'Shaun Fletcher went down holding his left knee in the first half, too, but he returned in the second half. He limped throughout the rest of the game and afterward, but Boyle does not believe the injury is serious. Fletcher, who is from nearby Tacoma, finished with four points in 10 minutes. ... Booker went scoreless for just the third time in his career, and the first time since late in his freshman season. Booker, who averaged 19.2 points in the previous five games, was 0-for-9 from the floor. ... CU fell to 1-7 against the Huskies in Seattle, with the only win on Dec. 21, 1956. ... Despite the loss, the Buffs' 14-3 record matches the third-best start through 17 games in program history. ... The Buffs finished with a season high in turnovers (20) and a season low in points (54).

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.