BOULDER, Colo. – Jabari Walker scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Colorado narrowly avoided Eastern Washington’s upset bid with a 60-57 nonconference win over the Eagles on Wednesday night.
The Big Sky Conference Eagles sought their second win against a Pac-12 Conference squad as they beat Washington State 76-71 on the road on Nov. 27.
Walker missed 3 of 4 foul shots in the final 13 seconds and Colorado held the three-point margin. Steele Venters missed a straight-on 3-point attempt for Eastern Washington as time expired.
Colorado (7-3) led 39-31 at halftime. After Evan Battey’s jumper with 14:28 left gave the Buffs a 47-38 advantage, Eastern Washington seized momentum with a 17-4 outburst over the next 10 minutes.
Battey and Walker made consecutive three-point plays for a 57-55 Colorado lead with 2:18 to go. Venters made a jump shot to tie it and Battey’s layup with 1:31 gave the Buffs the lead for good.
Venters finished with 23 points on 5-for-11 shooting from 3-point range. Mason Landdeck and Ethan Price each scored 11 for Eastern Washington (4-5).
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