Nowell gets 19, Thybulle 18; Washington beats Colorado 72-62
BOUDLER, Colo. — Jaylen Nowell scored 19 points, Matisse Thybulle added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Washington overcame a miserable start from the field to beat Colorado 72-62 on Saturday.
Noah Dickerson added 10 points and 14 rebounds for Washington (14-6, 4-3), who avoided losing three straight for the first time this season. David Crisp had 14 points, including a breakaway dunk in the final minute that all but secured the win.
The Huskies shot a respectable 42 percent from the field despite starting the game 4 of 20. Even better, they outrebounded the Buffaloes 50-34 and had 16 offensive boards.
Tyler Bey tied a career-high with 14 points to lead Colorado (12-8, 4-4), while George King added 11 of his 13 in the second half.
The Buffaloes trimmed a 13-point deficit to seven points nine different times in the second. No closer, though.
In the opening half, Washington closed on a 27-9 run to take a 36-27 lead. The Huskies needed only three minutes to erase a nine-point deficit, stringing together a 14-0 run to go up 23-18.
They hit nine of their final 13 shots of the half as Dominic Green ended Washington’s scoring funk with a 3, and Thybulle banked-in another deep ball off the backboard moments later.
The lead then grew to nine in the waning minutes as Green converted a four-point play with a 3 and foul shot, and Nowell tapped in a layup just seconds before the horn.
Washington: After falling to .500 with two straight losses in Pac-12 play, the Huskies pushed back over the threshold with a less-than-complete performance against Colorado. Their domination on the boards — led by Thybulle and Dickerson — helped them through tough shooting stretches.
Colorado: The Buffaloes lost at the Coors Events Center for the first time since Dec. 12. They shot 35 percent from the field and failed to keep up with the Huskies on the boards. Next week, Colorado will look to get back on track when it travels to face No. 14 Arizona and No. 16 Arizona State after beating both schools in court-storming fashion earlier in the month.
Washington: Begins a three-game homestand against Washington State on Jan. 28.
Colorado: Its two-game stretch in Arizona begins with the Wildcats Thursday.
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