BOULDER, Colo. — Colorado put a tough road stretch in the rearview mirror with a big win at home.
Tyler Bey scored a career-high 26 points, Shane Gatling had 17 and the Colorado Buffaloes (1-2 Pac-12, 10-5 overall) routed short-handed Washington State (0-2, 7-8) 92-60 Thursday night for its first conference win of the season.
“I think that we just played for each other today, we found our groove,” Bey said. “The groove that we had at the beginning of the season when we were winning games. Then we had that slump but we are working through it. On Saturday (against Washington) we are going to have an even better game. I guarantee it.”
It was the fifth straight loss for Washington State.
Washington 69, Utah 53: SALT LAKE CITY — SALT LAKE CITY — Nazieh Carter scored a career-high 18 points and David Crisp added 17 points to lead Washington (2-0, 11-4) over Utah. Crisp was 5 of 7 and Carter 3 of 4 from beyond the arc and the Husky defense held the Utes (1-2, 7-8) to season low in points. Jayce Johnson led the Utes with 12 points before leaving the game in the final minutes after getting hit in the face.
No. 2 Michigan 79, Illinois 69: CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Zavier Simpson scored 16 points and Ignas Brazdeikis had 15 to lead Michigan. Michigan (16-0) and Virginia are the only unbeaten teams in the country.
No. 5 Gonzaga 67, Pacific 36: SPOKANE, Wash. — Josh Perkins had 14 points and six assists to lead Gonzaga, the sixth straight win for the Bulldogs (15-2). Zach Norvell Jr. added 11 points.