George King scored 21 points, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer at the end of the first overtime, and grabbed a pivotal rebound late in the second overtime to help Colorado hold off Washington State 88-81 on Thursday night.
BOULDER, Colo. — George King scored 21 points, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer at the end of the first overtime, and grabbed a pivotal rebound late in the second overtime to help Colorado hold off Washington State 88-81 on Thursday night.
Xavier Talton sealed the win with four straight free throws over the last 30 seconds, sending the Cougars to their 10th straight loss.
The Buffaloes (18-7, 7-5 Pac-12) were without big man Josh Scott, who sprained his ankle last weekend. With Scott went a team-leading 16.7 points and opened up things for Washington State (9-15, 1-11) in the paint.
Que Johnson scored a career-high 25 points and had the Cougars on the verge of their first road victory of the season, converting a go-ahead three-point play with 22.4 seconds left in the first overtime.
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With eight seconds left in the first overtime and WSU ahead by two, Johnson went to the foul line for two shots. He made the first, but missed the second, and King’s shot spoiled the moment for the Cougars.
King’s fadeaway three-pointer over Washington State’s Josh Hawkinson at the buzzer electrified the crowd. The officials reviewed the play and upheld the shot.
Hawkinson had his 17th double-double of the season and 37th of his career with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Senior Brett Boese had a season-high 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting.