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CU basketball notes: Tyler Bey expected to return Saturday against Washington

McKinley Wright IV collects a few more milestones

Colorado point guard McKinley Wright IV was all smiles after posting the ninth double-double of his career in a win against Washington State. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

The Colorado Buffaloes didn’t miss Tyler Bey, as the junior forward missed the first game of his career in CU’s 78-56 win against Washington State Thursday night.

Bey’s absence would be much more ominous on Saturday against a Washington frontcourt that features a pair of possible NBA-bound freshmen forwards in Jaden McDaniels and Isaiah Stewart. However, Bey’s absence isn’t expected to be an extended one.

Following Thursday’s win, CU head coach Tad Boyle reported that Bey, who was in uniform but remained on the bench with a bandage covering a portion of his right hand, suffered an injury during practice this week. After playing in 86 career games with 75 consecutive starts, Bey is expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday against the Huskies at the CU Events Center (7 p.m., FS1) .

“Tyler could have played tonight,” Boyle said. “He had an injury in practice. He didn’t practice on Tuesday. Very, very limited yesterday (Wednesday). I just felt like if we could get through this game, I don’t want him to re-aggravate it. But he’ll be ready to go on Saturday. It’s something we’ll monitor.

“With any injury, if it’s not right up here (points to head), it ain’t right. So we need to get it right up here. And it wasn’t right up here today. So we tried to make it through without him and we did. Hopefully Saturday we’ll have him back. I expect to.”

Helping hand

The 10 assists posted by McKinley Wright IV against Washington State secured a few more milestones for CU’s junior point guard.

That total increased Wright’s career assist total to 442, moving him past Jose Winston for third-place on CU’s all-time list. Next up is Mike Reid with 446 assists, followed by all-time leader Jay Humphries at 562.

It was Wright’s ninth career double-double overall and his seventh in points and assists, breaking a tie with Humphries for the most points-assists double-doubles in program history. Wright also tied Humphries’ team record with the seventh double-digit assist total of his career.

Wright also tied a career-high against WSU with three blocked shots.

Notable

The Buffs posted three double-doubles in a game for the first time since a home win against Colorado State last season. On Thursday it was Lucas Siewert (16 points, 10 rebounds), Wright (10 points, 10 assists), and Evan Battey (12 points, 10 rebounds). Last year against CSU it was Siewert (16 points, 10 rebounds), Wright (18 points, 11 assists), and Bey (23 points, 10 rebounds)…Siewert made three 3-pointers to increase his career total to 121 and move past Chauncey Billups for 14th-place all-time at CU…It was the eighth time this season the Buffs have held the opposition under 60 points…The Buffs’ 19 assists was their second-highest total of the season, trailing only the 26 they recorded against Iona on Dec. 29.