FROM BOULDER -- As usual, we pass along our postgame recap box after Colorado blasted Washington 91-65 here on Sunday night.
PLAYER OF THE GAME — With two of their starters out with injuries, the Buffaloes didn’t miss a beat – and that was largely because of Xavier Johnson, who scored a game-high 27 points, had 10 rebounds, made 10 of his 14 field-goal attempts and connected on all three of his 3-point attempts. Johnson set the tone with two dunks in the opening minutes, and more or less had his way with UW’s defense the rest of the game.
IT WAS OVER WHEN —.Colorado opened a 20-4 lead with 14:33 to play in the first half, and after the Huskies trimmed the margin to seven, the Buffaloes responded with a run that gave them a 48-33 halftime lead.
STAT OF THE GAME — Colorado made 9 of its 14 3-point attempts, and each of its first four.
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QUOTABLE — “I wouldn’t have guessed if we would have come out on the short end it would have been like this. I thought we were going to be better than we were tonight.” – UW coach Lorenzo Romar
WHAT IT MEANS — Opportunities for a road victory are dwindling, and so are UW’s postseason hopes. At this point, an NIT bid would feel like a pretty big victory. The Huskies just don’t have it defensively, and when their offense disappears, their defense becomes even more porous. That’s a recipe for disaster anywhere, but especially on the road against a good team. Colorado fits that bill. But the Huskies made them look a lot better than they are, though you could also argue the Buffaloes played above themselves a bit.
NEXT UP — Stanford at Washington, Wednesday, 6 p.m., ESPN2
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