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Originally published Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 10:38 PM

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Buffaloes ramp up defense to topple Cougars

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 16 points and had eight rebounds as Colorado came up with a great defensive performance to beat Washington State...

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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," said Colorado coach Tad Boyle.

Colorado led 23-19 at halftime. The Cougars erased the deficit by going on a 12-4 run to start the second half, 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.

"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 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).

Notes

• Motum has reached double figures in every game this season.

• Motum moved into sole possession of 14th place on WSU's all-time career scoring list, passing Larry Beck. Motum has 1,276 points and is nine away from Carlos Daniel in 13th.

Will DiIorio was 1 for 2 from behind the three-point line and is 5 for 7 for the season.

WSU sports information contributed to this report.

COLORADO (12-6) — Roberson 1-3 2-2 4, Scott 3-7 5-6 11, Booker 3-11 1-3 7, Chen 0-5 0-0 0, Dinwiddie 5-8 5-5 16, Johnson 5-7 4-6 14, Talton 0-0 0-0 0, Stalzer 0-0 2-2 2, Harris-Tunks 0-1 0-0 0, Adams 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 19-44 19-24 58.

WASHINGTON ST. (10-8) — Motum 5-16 1-2 13, Shelton 0-7 0-0 0, Ladd 6-12 1-2 13, Lacy 2-7 0-0 4, Woolridge 3-9 1-1 8, Leavitt 0-0 0-0 0, DiIorio 3-4 1-4 8, Longrus 0-0 0-0 0, Kernich-Drew 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 20-58 4-9 49.

Halftime — Colorado 23-19. Three-point goals — Colorado 1-9 (Dinwiddie 1-2, Johnson 0-2, Booker 0-2, Chen 0-3), Washington St. 5-24 (Motum 2-7, Kernich-Drew 1-2, DiIorio 1-2, Woolridge 1-5, Shelton 0-2, Lacy 0-3, Ladd 0-3). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — Colorado 36 (Booker, Roberson 7), Washington St. 32 (Motum 7). Assists — Colorado 9 (Booker 4), Washington St. 6 (Motum 2). Total fouls — Colorado 11, Washington St. 19. A — 5,418.


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