NCAA Basketball

Flowers, Jakimovski help Washington St. beat Colorado 70-43

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PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Michael Flowers hit four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points, Andrej Jakimovski added 14 points and 10 rebounds and Washington State never trailed in its 70-43 win over Colorado on Sunday night.

Flowers shot 6 of 9 from the field and had five assists. Jakimovski made 4 of 8 from 3-point range and added three steals.

Flowers 3-pointers 31 seconds apart to spark an 18-1 run that gave Washington State (12-7, 5-3 Pac-12) a 23-6 lead midway through the first half. The Buffaloes, who went scoreless for more than 5 minutes during that stretch, had a scoring drought of nearly-4 minutes later in the period and the Cougars took a 39-18 lead into the break.

Jabari Walker led Colorado (13-8, 5-6 Pac-12) with 11 points and eight rebounds.

Noah Williams made consecutive baskets and Jakimovski followed with back-to-back 3-pointers before Tyrell Roberts made a layup to cap a 12-0 spurt that gave Washington State its biggest lead at 66-31 with 7:07 to play.

Jakimovski has scored in double figures in three straight games and six of the last eight. He went into the game shooting 44.2% from 3-point range this season (third best in the Pac-12) and has made 11 of 23 over the last three games.

Efe Abogidi had nine points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and a steal for Washington State.

Colorado shot a season-low 28.6% (16 of 56), got outrebounded 39-30, and committed 16 turnovers which the Cougars converted into 26 points.

Washington State plays at Stanford on Thursday.

Colorado returns home to play Oregon on Thursday.

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Updated January 31, 2022

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