The Washington State Cougars got out to a 5-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game against the Colorado Buffaloes and that was the high point as the Buffs would outscore the Cougs by 37 points over the next 38 minutes to win 92-60.
The Cougars lost their fifth consecutive game and dropped to 7-8 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-12. The Buffaloes picked up their first Pac-12 win to improve to 10-5 and 1-2.
WSU played again without leading scorer Robert Franks, who didn’t even make the trip with an unspecified hip injury, and this was the first time the offense truly suffered in his absence: The Cougars shot just 2-of-18 from three and 19-of-39 from two on their way to a season-low 0.87 points per possession.
That’s bad, but it’s even worse when you pair it with a season-worst 1.33 points per possession allowed. The Buffs didn’t miss much — shooting 11-of-27 from three (41 percent) and 24-of-37 from two — but when they did, they rebounded nearly half of those misses ... also a season worst allowed for WSU.
CJ Elleby, who kept the offense afloat against Washington, had his toughest game in a while, scoring just six points after fouling out in 18 minutes. Coming off a season-high 38 minutes, he shot just 2-of-10 and had just two rebounds.
Marvin Cannon led the team with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block and 2 steals. Jeff Pollard and Isaiah Wade scored 12 apiece.
We should have known this was coming when Ernie Kent somehow decided it was a good idea to wear a purple suit coat:
The Cougs will be in action next on Saturday at the Utah Utes. That game will tip off at 5 p.m. PT and be broadcast on Pac-12 Networks.