King's 26 points spark Colorado past UCLA 68-59

From FOX Sports - January 13, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP)Tad Boyle figured what his young players didnt know wouldnt bother them, so the Colorado coach kept quiet about the Buffaloes never winning at Pauley Pavilion.

It worked.

George King scored 26 points and Colorado defeated UCLA 68-59 on Saturday night, dropping the Bruins out of first place in the Pac-12.

It was Colorados first win in five games at Pauley since joining the Pac-12.

When our seniors play well and our leaders play well, it makes our freshmen play well, Boyle said. We are a young team and were growing. We just have to be more consistent.

King led the way, making a career-high six 3-pointers for the Buffaloes (11-7, 3-3), who earned their first road win of the season. The teams lone starting senior finished one point short of his career high while grabbing 10 rebounds.

The Buffs start three freshmen along with King and junior Namon Wright.

Thomas Welsh scored 20 pointstwo off his career bestto lead the Bruins (13-5, 4-2). They shot 37 percent from the floor and were 5 of 25 from 3-point range.

Its definitely a tough one, Welsh said.

King scored eight in a row, including consecutive 3-pointers, to push Colorados lead to 55-41.

Welsh took over for UCLA, scoring 10 in a row to close to 55-51. The 7-footer made two 3-pointers while teammate Chris Smith missed three free throws. King answered with his sixth 3-pointer and Colorado led 60-51. It was part of a 13-8 run the Buffs used to close out the game.

Most of the other Bruins were no better at the line, where the team was 8 of 18, a statistic surely galling to UCLA coach Steve Alford, who was a top foul shooter at Indiana.

That was as poor as weve played all year, Alford said. Our effort was poor and we were flat.

The Bruins were coming off a 19-point win against Utah on ThursdayAlford called it their best of the seasonand a win would have given them sole possession of first place in the league after No. 17 Arizona won earlier.


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