PULLMAN, Wash. -- Lolla-Palouse-a.

Colorado celebrated its first Pac-12 road triumph of the season, a gritty 58-49 victory over Washington State on Saturday night at Beasley Coliseum.

Xavier Johnson scored 14 points off the bench, including a critical basket with 2:37 remaining, to help make the flight home a lot more fun for the Buffs (12-6, 2-4).

The freshman forward's fourth rebound of the game set up a Josh Scott hoop that gave the visitors a 53-44 lead with 1:56 remaining.

"We had to come out there and just battle,"  Johnson said.  "I was able to come off the bench and play my game."

The Cougars (10-8, 1-4) only scored five points in the final five minutes, including a basket by Mike Ladd in the final seconds when the outcome was no longer in doubt.

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 16 points to lead CU's offensive attack. Andre Roberson added four points and seven rebounds.

Ladd and Brock Motum, who was averaging 19.4 points per game, were held to 13 points each as Washington State shot 34.5 percent from the floor and turned the ball over 12 times.

"People will look at (Roberson's) stat line and say he had a subpar night, but he didn't have a subpar night on Motum,"  CU head coach Tad Boyle said.  "He made him work for everything he got. Andre was terrific."

Royce Woolridge did not score in the first half, but the 6-3 sophomore guard's 3-pointer gave the Cougars a 26-25 lead with 16:47 to play.

Moments later, Woolridge completed an old-fashioned 3-point play and then converted his own steal into a layup to make the score 31-27.

Johnson made two authoritative baskets in the paint, and a layup by Dinwiddie gave CU a 33-32 lead.

After Motum's 3-pointer put Washington State up by three points, Askia Booker -- who struggled to find his groove in Seattle and for 30 minutes in Pullman -- knocked down two clutch shots during a 7-0 spurt to help the Buffs surge ahead by five (42-37).

The Buffs were 1-for-10 from behind the arc at Washington and were 0-for-6 until Dinwiddie's 3-pointer gave the visitors a 47-42 cushion with 6:06 remaining.

"We didn't panic, which I thought was really a sign of maturity with this team,"  Boyle said.  "They took the lead and got the crowd into the game a little bit. We bowed our backs and made some plays when we had to. I thought defensively we were terrific all night."

The Buffs had a 23-19 advantage at the intermission after holding Washington State to 29.6 percent from the field.

However, Will DiIorio made a layup with 1:04 to play and a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to cut the Cougars' deficit to four points.

CU only shot 38.1 percent through 20 minutes, including 0-for-5 from 3-point distance, but made 7-of-9 free throws compared to 1-for 2 for the home team.

Ladd scored Washington State's first six points and a 3-pointer by Motum gave the Cougars, who missed 10 of their first 14 shots, an early 9-7 lead.

A steal by Eli Stalzer led to a transition basket by Dinwiddie to give CU the lead back.

Johnson threw down a thunderous dunk and Jeremy Adams finished an aggressive drive through traffic to complete an 11-2 run that gave the Buffs an 18-11 head start.

But Roberson, the primary defender on Motum, picked up his second foul with 3:51 remaining in the half.

The Buffs will host Stanford on Thursday at the Coors Events Center (8 p.m., ESPNU). The Cardinal was the only Pac-12 team to win in Boulder last season.

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Fast break

 

What went right

The Buffs held Washington State to 29.6 percent shooting from the field in the first half and held the Cougars to five points over the final five minutes to pull out their first Pac-12 road win of the season. What went wrong

 

CU finished the road trip 2-for-19 from 3-point distance and had 11 more turnovers. Star of the game

Xavier Johnson came off the bench to score 14 points, including a key basket with 2:37 to play. What's next?

The Buffs will host Stanford on Thursday at the Coors Events Center (8 p.m., ESPNU).

Colorado 58, Washington State 49

COLORADO

FG FT Reb

Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Roberson 26 1-3 2-2 0-7 1 3 4

Scott 29 3-7 5-6 3-4 0 4 11

Booker 37 3-11 1-3 1-7 4 1 7

Chen 28 0-5 0-0 1-4 2 0 0

Dinwiddie 34 5-8 5-5 1-3 2 1 16

Johnson 20 5-7 4-6 1-4 0 1 14

Talton 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Stalzer 9 0-0 2-2 0-2 0 0 2

Harris-Tunks 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Adams 10 2-2 0-0 0-2 0 1 4

Totals 200 19-44 19-24 7-36 9 11 58

 

Percentages: FG .432, FT .792.

3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (Dinwiddie 1-2, Johnson 0-2, Booker 0-2, Chen 0-3).

Team Rebounds: 3.

Blocked Shots: 3 (Roberson 2, Dinwiddie).

Turnovers: 11 (Dinwiddie 2, Johnson 2, Booker 2, Stalzer, Scott, Roberson, Adams).

Steals: 7 (Roberson 2, Adams, Johnson, Booker, Dinwiddie, Chen).

Technical Fouls: None.

WASHINGTON STATE

FG FT Reb

Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Motum 38 5-16 1-2 2-7 2 1 13

Shelton 20 0-7 0-0 3-5 0 1 0

Ladd 34 6-12 1-2 2-6 0 4 13

Lacy 23 2-7 0-0 2-5 1 3 4

Woolridge 31 3-9 1-1 0-3 1 4 8

Leavitt 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

DiIorio 24 3-4 1-4 1-2 1 3 8

Longrus 10 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 1 0

Kernich-Drew 17 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 2 3

Totals 200 20-58 4-9 11-32 6 19 49

Percentages: FG .345, FT .444.

3-Point Goals: 5-24, .208 (Motum 2-7, Kernich-Drew 1-2, DiIorio 1-2, Woolridge 1-5, Shelton 0-2, Lacy 0-3, Ladd 0-3).

Team Rebounds: 2.

Blocked Shots: 4 (Longrus 3, Motum).

Turnovers: 12 (Woolridge 3, Lacy 3, Ladd 2, DiIorio, Shelton, Motum, Kernich-Drew).

Steals: 4 (Woolridge 2, DiIorio, Kernich-Drew).

Technical Fouls: None.

Colorado 23 35--58

Washington St. 19 30--49

A -- 5,418.

Officials -- Dick Cartmell, Deron White, Tom Spitznagel.