Johnson, Cougars Come Up Short Against Colorado
(1090 The Fan) — Que Johnson’s heroics weren’t enough as Washington State fell to No. 15 Colorado 71-70 in overtime at the Spokane Arena, Wednesday night.
Johnson sank a game-tying 3-pointer with 10 seconds left to send the contest to overtime after Colorado erased a 6-point halftime deficit.
Forward Josh Scott had 19 points, including eight in OT, to go with nine rebounds, while Askia Booker added 18 points to carry the Buffaloes to the comeback road win.
In the 5-minute overtime period, Colorado (14-2, 3-0) went on a 10-4 run to take command of the game. Despite a couple late three’s that brought the Cougars to within one, Washington State suffered its third straight conference loss to open the Pac-12 season.
The Cougars entered Wednesday’s contest ranked dead last in the Pac-12 conference in scoring, field-goal and free-throw percentages. The team looked much better against a Colorado team that entered as the fifth stingiest Pac-12 defensive team. The Cougars scored 34 points in the first half to take a six point advantage into the break, and71 for the game with four double-digit scorers.
Dexter Kernich-Drew had a game-high 24 points on 8-for-12 shooting and D.J. Shelton had 14 points and 12 rebounds to carry Washington State (7-8, 0-3). Royce Woolridge added 10 points and 11 assists.
Trailing by as many as eight, 39-31 with just over 16 minutes remaining, Colorado slowly fought its way back, eventually tying the game at 49-49 with 6:29 left on a Xavier Johnson jumper. Johnson finished with 14 points and three rebounds for Colorado.
The Buffaloes then controlled the game in the waning minutes, holding a 56-53 lead with under a minute to play. After a Cougars timeout, Johnson sank the tying 3-point basket with 10 seconds left.
The Cougars shot 45 percent from the field for the game, but went to the line just three times to Colorado’s 38 attempts.
-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan
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