PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Malachi Flynn scored a career high 30 points and Washington State rallied late to defeat Colorado 73-69 on Thursday night to end a seven-game losing streak.
The Cougars (10-16, 2-11 Pac-12) trailed for most of the second half, but Flynn proved to be clutch.
Flynn scored 21 of his 30 points in the second half and scored back-to-back buckets with 1:10 remaining to put the Cougs up 68-66. Colorado's McKinley Wright answered with a 3-point play but Flynn was fouled driving to the basket and his free throws gave WSU the lead for good.
Robert Franks added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Cougars. Franks knocked down a tough jumper in the lane with 3:38 remaining giving the Cougars their first lead of the second half. Franks also stepped to the line and made two free throws with 27 seconds remaining to put the Cougars up three.
Dallas Walton scored 16 points with 14 of them coming in the second half for Colorado (15-11, 7-7 Pac-12). Despite the early scoring in the second half, Walton disappeared in the last five minutes of the game. Wright scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Wright also made two acrobatic layups in the last 1:30.
Colorado: After winning their last three games in conference play, the Buffaloes lose an important game in a close Pac-12 conference race.
Washington State: The Cougars get a much needed win for a team on the ropes.
Colorado: The Buffaloes play at Washington on Saturday.
Washington State: The Cougars host Utah on Saturday.