Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer
Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer
What went right: Not much, though the Buffs committed a season-low six turnovers.
What went wrong: Washington completely dominated CU on the boards, outrebounding the Buffs 50-34. The Huskies turned 16 offensive rebounds into 20 second-chance points.
Star of the game: Tyler Bey. The freshman was one of the few bright spots for the Buffs, posting his first career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
What’s next: The Buffs hit the road for a pair of games in Arizona, beginning Thursday night in Tucson against No. 14 Arizona (6:30 p.m. MST, FOX Sports 1).
Off the top of his head, Tad Boyle didn’t have an opportunity to mentally sort through the toughest losses during his time in Boulder.
Still, sometimes gut instincts are on the money. And in the immediate aftermath of a discouraging 72-62 home loss against Washington Saturday afternoon at the Coors Events Center, Boyle couldn’t recall a more disappointing rebounding effort in his seven and a half seasons as the leader of the Colorado men’s basketball team.
The momentum the Buffaloes gathered over the previous two weekends came to a screeching halt against Washington, who entered the game as one of the worst rebounding teams in the Pac-12 Conference but managed to salvage a weekend split on the road by completely dominating the Buffs on the glass with a 50-34 advantage.
Washington entered the game ranked last in the Pac-12 in rebounding margin at minus-2.3. The Buffs were ranked fourth at plus-4.5, but they allowed the Huskies to turn 16 offensive rebounds into 20 second-chance points.
“We got out-toughed. We got punked. We got manhandled. You name the adjective you want to name, but all those fit today on the boards,” Boyle said. “This is not a hard game to analyze. We lost by 10. They got 20 second-chance points and they outrebounded us by 16.
“For a critical game at home, for a team that’s really put themselves in position to do something special, extremely disappointing. I can’t remember being more disappointed in a rebounding effort than I am right now. I’m sure I have been, but this ranks right up there.”
The Buffs’ rebounding woes were compounded by a tough shooting day, as CU’s .354 overall percentage was its second-lowest in a 10-game span. The Buffs’ recent surge at the 3-point line also ended with a 6-for-22 performance against Washington’s relentless 2-3 zone defense. CU went 47-for-113 (.416) on 3-pointers during its run of four wins in five games.
Boyle was quick to point out that even with the Buffs’ 42 missed shots (they went 23-for-65), only two individuals collected offensive rebounds — freshmen Tyler Bey (7) and McKinley Wright (3).
“We just weren’t hitting shots and we didn’t grab offensive rebounds,” Bey said. “After we missed our shots no one really crashed the boards with any effort or energy. It’s just the little things that we missed.”
It also was a poor showing for CU’s veteran trio of seniors Dom Collier and George King, along with junior Namon Wright.
While Bey recorded the first double-double of his career, finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds despite getting two stitches in his lip at halftime, Namon Wright was held scoreless for the first time since joining the Buffs this season, ultimately finishing with no points and one rebound in 21 minutes while battling foul trouble.
King finished with 13 points and five rebounds but saw his recent hot shooting touch cooled to a 5-13 mark overall with a 3-for-10 performance on 3-pointers. Collier finished with 10 points but went 2-for-7, and the trio of veterans combined to contribute just two assists while committing three of CU’s season-low six turnovers.
Despite the shooting and rebounding woes the Buffs rode their defense to a quick 18-9 lead, forcing Washington to take a timeout with 8 minutes, 11 seconds remaining in the first half. The Huskies emerged from the break by scoring 14 consecutive points in what became a 19-3 run, and the Buffs never got closer than seven points throughout the entire second half.
“It speaks for itself,” Boyle said of the struggles of his three upperclassmen. “I just don’t understand how Tyler can get seven (offensive rebounds) and the rest of our front line gets zero. That’s a credit to Tyler. Kudos for him. McKinley fights and gets three from the point guard position.
“I compliment this team when they show and exhibit toughness. Today was not one of those days.”
WASHINGTON 72, COLORADO 62
WASHINGTON (14-6, 4-3 Pac-12)
Dickerson 4-13 2-4 10, Timmins 1-4 0-0 2, Nowell 7-13 3-4 19, Crisp 4-7 5-7 14, Thybulle 7-14 1-2 18, N.Carter 0-0 0-0 0, H.Wright 0-0 0-0 0, Green 2-6 3-3 9, M.Carter 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 25-59 14-20 72.
COLORADO (12-8, 4-4 Pac-12)
Walton 6-13 1-2 13, King 5-13 0-0 13, N.Wright 0-3 0-0 0, M.Wright 4-14 1-2 10, Bey 5-9 4-7 14, Siewert 1-4 0-0 2, Nikolic 0-1 0-0 0, Collier 2-7 4-5 10, Schwartz 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-65 10-16 62.
Halftime — Washington 36-27. 3-point goals — Washington 8-19 (Thybulle 3-5, Nowell 2-5, Green 2-5, Crisp 1-3, M.Carter 0-1), Colorado 6-22 (King 3-10, Collier 2-3, M.Wright 1-4, Nikolic 0-1, Schwartz 0-1, Siewert 0-1, N.Wright 0-2). Fouled out — N.Wright. Rebounds — Washington 47 (Dickerson 14), Colorado 32 (Bey 11). Assists — Washington 6 (Crisp 3), Colorado 10 (M.Wright 5). Total fouls — Washington 16, Colorado 16. A — 8,787 (11,064).