BOULDER, Colo. – Tyler Bey scored a career-high 26 points, Shane Gatling had 17 and the Colorado Buffaloes routed short-handed Washington State 92-60 Thursday night for their first Pac-12 Conference win of the season.
Bey added 10 rebounds for his seventh career double-double. D’Shawn Schwartz added 16 points and McKinley Wright IV had 10 for Colorado (10-5, 1-2), which had opened conference play last week with losses at Arizona and Arizona State.
It was the fifth consecutive loss for Washington State.
Washington State (7-8, 0-2) was without its leading scorer, Robert Franks Jr., who missed a fourth game with a hip contusion.
A WSU official confirmed to The Spokesman-Review that Franks didn’t travel with the team this week, meaning he’ll also miss Saturday’s game at Utah (5 p.m., Pac-12 Networks). Nursing the hip contusion, Franks is “staying in Pullman to rehab and get healthy.”
WSU hasn’t won a game Franks has missed this season and the Cougars are still winless in games outside of Pullman, with a 0-7 road record.
Marvin Cannon had 14 points to lead the Cougars, who haven’t won in eight trips to Boulder. Jeff Pollard and Isaiah Wade added 12 points apiece.
Trailing by 16 at the half, the Cougars put together a 7-0 burst, including a 3-pointer by Ahmed Ali, to narrow the deficit to 43-34. But the Buffaloes regrouped after a timeout, scoring nine of the next 11 points, with Schwartz chipping in a couple of baskets as Colorado rebuilt its lead to 14 points.
By the time Bey converted a three-point play with 7:16 left, the Buffaloes were in front by 26 points and Washington State was without Wade and CJ Elleby after they fouled out within a minute of each other.
Washington State scored the first five points before the Buffaloes responded with a 16-0 run, capped by Wright’ fast-break layup off a steal. By halftime, the Buffaloes had stretched their lead to 41-25, helped by the hot-shooting Bey, who scored 15 before the break.
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