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Washington holds off Colorado 66-61 in Pac-12 semifinals

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Mar 15, 2019 11:31 PM 1+ week ago

Jaylen Nowell and Nahziah Carter scored 14 points apiece, and Washington held off a late Colorado rally for a 66-61 victory in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals Friday night.

"We just challenged these guys to play defense," Huskies coach Mike Hopkins said. "Our guys battled. They played hard. That's why we win, has been our defense all season."

The top-seeded Huskies led by 14 before the Buffaloes cut the lead to 60-56 with 1:01 left. McKinley Wright hit a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left to cut Washington's lead to three, but the Buffaloes let David Crisp get behind them for a breakaway layup to seal it.

After struggling in the first half, Washington (26-7) kicked its long-armed, swarming defense into a faster gear and the fifth-seeded Buffaloes (21-12) had trouble handling it.

Colorado shot 2 of 16 from 3-point range in the second half and had 18 turnovers overall, leading to 24 Huskies points.

"Something we struggled with is maintaining leads and being able to step on guys' throats ...

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