Huskies hold off Colorado 77-70 to stay undefeated in Conference play

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Jaylen Nowell scored seven of his 19 points down the stretch to starve off a furious rally by the Colorado Buffaloes ( 10-6 overall, 1-3 Pac-12 )  and ensure a 77-70 victory for the Washington Huskies (12-4, 3-0 Pac-12) Saturday night in Boulder Colorado. Senior guard David Crisp continued with his hot shooting hand with 16 points.

Saturday’s night victory over the Buffs comes just two days after the Huskies 69-53 win over the Utah Utes on Thursday night at Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City and earned the Huskies their first  Conference road sweep since 2013. The Huskies are now 3-0 in conference play.

“It means everything. Coming in that’s what we set out to do,” Nowell said. “Before the road trip we came together and promised no matter what we had to come back with two wins and that’s what we did.”

The Buffs missed their first seven shots of the game and the Huskies were able to capitalize by bolting out to a 12-0  with 15:24 left in the first half.  Colorado got back in the game with a 9-2 run but the good news was shortlived as the Buffs lost starting  guard McKinley Wright IV due to a shoulder injury with 8:04 left in the first half.

The injury rallied the Buffs who went on a 7-0 run to cut the  Huskies lead  30-25 with 6:16 left in the first half. The Huskies scored the next eight points and finished the first half with a 48-35 lead.

The Huskies led by 15 early in the second half and then had to withstand a big Colorado rally.  The Buffs first closed the gap to five with a 14-4 run,  which was sparked by six straight points from Daylen Kountz, including a 3-pointer at the 12:30 mark. The Huskies then pushed the lead back to 10, but Colorado answered with a 9-0 run to narrow the lead to one. D’Shawn Schwartz had seven of the nine — a 3-pointer and four free throws before Evan Battey connected inside to cut Washington’s lead to 63-62.

But that was as close as Colorado could come. The Huskies bumped the margin back up to five before the Buffs again pulled to within two, but the Huskies put together an 8-2 surge for a 75-67 lead with just more than two minutes to play and the Buffs couldn’t close the gap down the stretch.

GAME BOX SCORE

The Huskies shot 55.1 percent from the field (27-for-49). Including a red-hot 19-for30 in the first half.

The Buffs, who battled foul trouble for much of the night, connected on 44.4 percent of their field goal tries (24-for-54).

D’Shawn Schwartz led Colorado with a career-high 22 points for  his second straight game with a career high .

Tyler Beyadded 15 points and nine rebounds. Shane Gatling added eight points and a career-high six assists.

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