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Recap: Cougs still can’t crack Colorado code, crash 82-73

Boulder beguiles bumbling WSU again.

NCAA Basketball: Washington State at Colorado Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Boulder continues to be a nightmare destination for the Washington State Cougars, who fell to the Colorado Buffaloes for the seventh time in seven tries at the Coors Events Center, this time by a score of 82-73.

WSU falls to 8-8 overall and 1-5 in the Pac-12.

The Cougs staged a furious second-half rally, turning a 26-point deficit with 15 minutes to go into just a five-point deficit over the next eight minutes. It came as a result of some incredible shooting, but they never were able to get over the hump.

It seems that whenever a team puts together a huge rally, the good luck only lasts for so long. And after eight minutes of incredible shooting from long range — particularly from Carter Skaggs, who finished 5-of-11 from deep — the Cougs needed just a couple of more plays to draw even.

But in what turned out to be a critical stretch, Drick Bernstine missed a layup (it was challenged, but it should have been finished) and Malachi Flynn rimmed out a 3, while Colorado came down for a pair of layups and trip to the line. And that was that.

WSU’s best players, Flynn and Robert Franks, had rough games. They combined for just 13 points and 2-of-10 from beyond the arc. Skaggs, Viont’e Daniels and Kwinton Hinson did their best to pick up the slack, scoring 17, 18 and 11 points respectively, but it wasn’t enough — particularly in a game where the defense allowed Colorado to shoot 66 percent on its twos, which led to an awful 1.21 points per possession.

The road doesn’t get any easier, as WSU next visits another place they’ve never been able to win: Salt Lake City, where the Cougs are 0-15 against the Runnin’ Utes all time. That game is on Sunday at 5 p.m. PT on ESPNU.