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“Thank God we made those free throws at the end to hold them off,” Booker said. “But at the same time, you can’t let an individual come in here, especially on the road, and let him take over and let him keep his team in the game.”

Added Boyle: “We’ll take this and move on. We’ll learn from this. We’ll get better. Obviously, there’s still a lot of room for improvement.”

Colorado was held to a season low at home in points in the first half but got a 3-pointer and a layup from Johnson around a layup by Jordan Railey late in the period to take a 23-20 lead.

Benefiting from a 9-0 run early on, the Buffaloes led 15-7. But Washington State got right back in it with three 3-pointers in a five-minute stretch, including two by Lacy to help even the score at 18-all with 3:57 left in the first half.