PULLMAN — Spencer Dinwiddie scored 16 points and had eight rebounds as Colorado came up with a great defensive performance to beat Washington State 58-49 Saturday night.
Two freshmen contributed with double figures for the night as Xavier Johnson added 14 points and Josh Scott chipped in 11 as Colorado (12-6, 2-4 Pac-12) rebounded from a loss Wednesday night against Washington.
“Anytime you can win on the road is a good thing, especially when you can make some big plays down the stretch and keep up the intensity,” Colorado head coach Ted Boyle said.
Colorado led 23-19 at halftime. The Cougars started the second half by going on a 12-4 run, taking a 31-27 lead near the 15-minute mark. The teams traded baskets until 6:08 when Dinwiddie hit Colorado’s only three of the night to take a 47-42 lead. Colorado would then go on a run to put the game out of reach at 54-46 with under a minute to play.
Colorado made all their free throws down the stretch to end the game. Colorado had 36 rebounds, led by Andre Roberson and Askia Booker, who had seven apiece. Washington State had 32 had rebounds.
“We didn’t execute very well especially down the stretch, we got frustrated not making shots, and it got the best of us,” Washington State head coach Ken Bone said. “We simply did not execute well offensively.”
Brock Motum and Mike Ladd had 13 points apiece for Washington State (10-8, 1-4). Motum also had seven rebounds.
Colorado shot 43 percent from the field for the game, while Washington State shot 34.5 percent.