Colorado holds off WSU, 82-73

McKinley Wright IV had 10 of his 17 points during a late run, George King and Namon Wright scored 16 each and Colorado beat Washington State 82-73 on Thursday night.

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - McKinley Wright IV had 10 of his 17 points during a late run, George King and Namon Wright scored 16 each and Colorado beat Washington State 82-73 on Thursday night.

The Buffaloes (12-7, 4-3 Pac-12) have won four of five conference games after dropping two in Oregon to start the season. Colorado has wins over Arizona and Arizona State, as well as Saturday's win at UCLA.

Viont'e Daniels tied his career best with 18 points and Carter Skaggs scored all 17 of his points in the second half when the Cougars cut a 26-point lead to five.

Washington State (9-9, 1-5) couldn't build on its 78-53 win over Cal last weekend. The Cougars hit 53.6 percent from 3-point range in the 25-point victory over the Bears but started cold from long range until catching fire late.

The Buffaloes led by 15 at halftime opened the second half hitting three 3-pointers to extend the lead to 55-32 with 15:54 left. A free throw by Lucas Siewert gave Colorado a 58-32 lead with 15:04 left, but Washington State rallied to make it close.

Down 21, the Cougars went on an 18-2 run to get within 63-58. Colorado went without a basket for 5:26 before King ended the drought and sparked a 12-0 that put it away.

BIG PICTURE

Washington State: Junior G KJ Langston was suspended indefinitely Tuesday for violation of team rules. ... The Cougars are 0-7 all-time in Boulder. ... Washington State shot 40.9 percent from the field after hitting 56.9 percent against Cal.

Colorado: There was a moment of silence observed for Buffaloes lacrosse player Julia Sarcona, who died in a car accident on Saturday, and Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski, who committed suicide Tuesday. ... Colorado is 12-3 all-time against the Cougars and 11-2 since joining the Pac-12 prior to the 2011-12 season.

UP NEXT

Washington State: At Utah on Saturday night.

Colorado: Hosts Washington on Saturday.

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