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Keion Brooks’ 25 points carry Washington past Colorado

Jan 19, 2023; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Washington Huskies forward Keion Brooks (1) drives at Colorado Buffaloes guard KJ Simpson (2) in the first half at the CU Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Keion Brooks Jr. scored 25 points, Braxton Meah had 10 points and 12 rebounds, and the visiting Washington Huskies beat the Colorado Buffaloes 75-72 in Boulder, Colo., on Thursday night.

Keyon Menifield also scored 10 points for Washington (12-8, 4-5 Pac-12 Conference).

Julian Hammond III had a career-high 18 points, Tristan da Silva scored 17 and KJ Simpson added 11 for Colorado (11-9, 3-6).

The Huskies led 33-26 at intermission and scored the first four points of the second half to lead 37-26. Colorado got within six on a jumper by da Silva with 15:48 left.

Washington answered quickly. Koren Johnson and Meah made buckets, and after a layup by Luke O’Brien, Brooks hit a jumper and a 3-pointer to give the Huskies a 48-35 lead.

The Buffaloes called a timeout and the break helped. Lawson Lovering hit a jumper and Colorado had a steal and layup on consecutive possessions to get within seven.

Noah Williams hit a 3-pointer out of a timeout but the Buffaloes scored five straight points to make it 51-45. The Huskies responded with a quick 7-2 run to push their advantage to double digits again.

Colorado clawed its way back into it and made it 60-54 on a free throw by Simpson with 5:23 left. Brooks stopped the run with a 3-pointer but a floater by Hammond and a steal and dunk got the Buffaloes within five.

Brooks hit a jumper and two free throws to extend the lead to eight with 3:11 left and answered free throws by Hammond with another field goal before Colorado rallied.

Simpson made a driving layup, Hammond stole the ball, Simpson drained a 3-pointer to make it 71-68, and Simpson had another steal but missed a tying 3-pointer.

The teams traded free throws and the Buffaloes got another steal with a minute left and called timeout.

Simpson cut the lead to one with a layup with 43 seconds left and had a chance for the lead after Washington’s 22nd turnover, but Simpson’s pass went out of bounds with six seconds left and Cole Bajema sealed it with two free throws.

–Field Level Media