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Terrell Brown scores 26 as Washington holds off Colorado 60-58

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 27, 2022

Colorado guard Keeshawn Barthelemy (3), tries to stop a drive by Washington guard Terrell Brown Jr., right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, in Seattle.  (Associated Press)
Colorado guard Keeshawn Barthelemy (3), tries to stop a drive by Washington guard Terrell Brown Jr., right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, in Seattle. (Associated Press)
Tim Booth Associated Press

SEATTLE — Terrell Brown Jr. scored 26 points, Emmitt Matthews Jr. added 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Washington held on in the closing seconds for a 60-58 win over Colorado on Thursday night.

Washington (10-8, 5-3) won for the fourth time in five games, taking control with a 19-3 run that spanned more than eight minutes of the second half only to watch the Buffaloes rally in the closing minutes. Washington led by 15 with 9:52 remaining, but had to nervously watch Jabari Walker’s jumper that would have forced overtime hit off the front rim in the closing seconds.

Brown was 10-of-17 shooting and topped 20 points for the 11th time this season. But the Huskies missed multiple chances to put the game away, going the final eight minutes with just one basket and going scoreless the final 4:18.

Walker led Colorado (13-7, 5-5) with 14 points but was the only player in double figures for the Buffaloes. Colorado picked up an impressive road victory at Oregon on Tuesday but suffered just its second loss this season to an unranked team. The Buffaloes’ previous five losses had come against teams ranked in The AP Top 25.

Colorado has lost three of four and four of six overall, but three of those have been against USC, UCLA and Arizona

Colorado was its own enemy for most of the second half. The Buffaloes missed nine of their first 11 shots to begin the half but their bigger issue was turnovers. Colorado had eight turnovers while Washington was on its run. The Huskies finished the game with 16 steals and 21 points off Colorado turnovers.

Washington led 52-37 after Nate Roberts’ lob dunk with 9:52 remaining, but the Buffaloes stopped committing turnovers and started making shots. Colorado pulled within 59-53 on Walker’s dunk with 4:45 left.

After several empty possessions for both teams, Elijah Parquet’s 3-pointer with 1:23 left pulled Colorado to 60-56. Julian Hammond III made a pair of free throws with 58 seconds left and Washington’s lead was down to two. Walker’s chance to force overtime missed and Washington escaped.

TIP-INS

Colorado: The Buffaloes played without starting forward Tristan da Silva, who missed the game with a non-COVID-19 illness. Da Silva had started every game this season and was averaging 12.1 points over the previous seven games for the Buffs. He scored a career-high 22 points against Washington earlier this month.

Washington: Coach Mike Hopkins returned to the sideline after missing two games last week while in COVID-19 protocol. Assistant Will Conroy served as the acting head coach for Washington’s split against the Oregon schools last week.

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