Junior guard Namon Wright was one of the catalysts of the run of four wins in five games the Colorado Buffaloes carried into their Saturday afternoon date against Washington.
Against the Huskies, however, Wright suffered through the most frustrating performance of his collegiate career, battling through foul trouble before finishing with just one rebound with no points in the Buffs’ 72-62 home loss.
In his first season on the floor with the Buffs after transferring from Missouri, Wright had not gone scoreless since a pair of games during his freshman year with the Tigers.
“We missed some shots that have been going in for us lately that didn’t go in, and we made some really silly plays against the zone in the second half,” CU head coach Tad Boyle said. “For the most part we got the ball where we wanted. We got the shots we wanted. This program is based on defense and rebounding for the very game we played today when the shots aren’t going in.
“We talk about holding our opponents to less than 40 percent field goal percentage defense and plus-eight on the glass. You look at what Washington did to Colorado today. They hold us to 35 percent field goal percentage and they outrebound us by 16 on the glass. They don’t have to worry about the score because they win going away. It’s an easy game for them because they defend and they rebound. We didn’t.”
Wright was coming off his first double-double in a CU uniform after collecting 16 points and 10 rebounds in Thursday’s win against Washington State. In the previous six games Wright averaged 14.7 points and six rebounds.
Not only did the Buffs get outrebounded by a Washington team that arrived at the Coors Events Center ranked last in the Pac-12 in rebounding margin, but CU hit some historically poor rebounding numbers for the Boyle era along the way.
The 50 rebounds by the Huskies marked the first time a CU opponent had reached that total since Stanford recorded 50 rebounds against the Buffs on Feb. 23, 2012 at the Coors Events Center. Washington’s 50-34 advantage was the first time the Buffs have been outrebounded by 16 since Arizona posted a 41-25 rebounding advantage against CU at the 2014 Pac-12 tournament.
The Buffs played without sophomore guard Deleon Brown, who was sidelined due to an illness. Since getting replaced by Wright in the starting lineup four games previous, Brown has gone just 4-for-15 from the floor.
Redshirt freshman Dallas Walton enjoyed a solid game against UW, recording 13 points, five rebounds, and a season-best four blocked shots…Walton helped the Buffs block a season-most seven shots. Freshman Tyler Bey had two blocked shots for the fourth time this season…Senior Dom Collier made the 90th steal of his career, becoming the 25th CU player to reach that mark.