The Washington men’s basketball team travels to Boulder, Colorado to take on the Colorado Buffaloes for the second game on the road this week. The Huskies won the first game of the road trip in Salt Lake City, beating the Utah Utes 69-53 on Thursday night.
The Huskies were led in scoring by sophomore forward Nahziah Carter off the bench with 18 points. It was his career high. Starting senior guard David Crisp had his second outstanding game beginning of the Pac-12 schedule scoring 17 points against the Utes. He had an outstanding first half putting the Huskies ahead with 14 points.
The Huskies are now 11-4 overall with a conference record of 2-0. They are tied for third in the Pac-12 with Oregon State. The UCLA Bruins and the Arizona Wildcats are on top with a 3-0 record.
The Colorado Buffaloes are 10-5 overall with a conference record of 1-2. They are currently undefeated at home with a record of 7-0. All of the teams in the Pac-12 are tough to play at home – the more road games Washington can win, the better shot they will have to win the conference and contend in the NCAA tournament.
The Buffaloes played solid at home on Thursday night, beating the Washington State Cougars badly, 92-60. The Buffaloes were led in scoring by sophomore guard Tyler Bey with 26 points. He didn’t miss often on the floor, making 10 out of 13 shots plus five out of six at the foul line. He also gathered 10 rebounds in the game.
Shane Gatling, a junior guard, came off the bench to score 17 points. Gatling made 5 out of 10 shots from the 3 point line. He added two out of two from the foul line. Sophomore starting guard, D’Shawn Schwartz, followed with 16 points. He made 7 out of 12 shots, but only made one out of five from beyond the arc..
The three top scorers for the Buffaloes against the Cougars; Tyler Bey, Shane Gatling, and D’Shawn Schwartz, all scored at or more than double their season average. Only Bey averages in double digits with 11.8 points per game. In order for the Huskies to win at Colorado, they need to keep these players more at their averages. This should be an exciting game to watch and see who will come away with a win.