BOULDER, Colo. — Jabari Walker poured in a season-high 23 points with 11 rebounds to help Colorado cruised past California 89-60 in its Pac-12 Conference matchup on Thursday. STATS & Box Score (PDF)
Walker, freshman, shot 9 of 13 from the field and made all three of his 3-point attempts in 27 minutes of action as he secured his second straight double-double.
D’Shawn Schwartz added 18 points and made seven of 13 shots, while McKinley Wright IV was 9 of 13 from the field to end with 13 points and a career-high 12 assists on his way to setting a program record for career assists for Colorado.
Wright Breaks Colorado Assists Record
Wright entered the game one assist shy of breaking a tie with Colorado great Jay Humphries (1980-83) for the most helpers in program history at 562.
The senior guard set the record when he found Evan Battey with a bounce pass early in the game.
Maddox Daniels shot a perfect 4 of 4 from the field, including 2 for 2 from deep to end with 12 for the Buffaloes (10-3, 4-2 Pac-12), who have won three straight and eight of the last 10 overall.
Andre Kelly made 6 of 7 shots when scoring 16 points with four rebounds, while Makale Foreman added 13 points and hit three 3-pointers for California.
Ryan Betley ended with 12 points for the Golden Bears (6-8, 1-6), who were without all-Pac-12 guard Matt Bradley after he missed the game with an injury he suffered against Oregon State on Jan. 2.
As a team, Colorado went 33 of 60 for 55% shooting from the field, including 12 of 21 from 3-point range. California made 42.9% of its shots on 21 of 49 shooting and finished 36.8% from deep after going 7 for 19.
After California used a 10-0 run to take an 18-11 lead midway through the first half, Colorado responded to seize control of the game over the last nine minutes of the first half by using a 23-5 surge to take a 34-23 lead into the halftime break.
Colorado took its first double-digit lead during a 13-0 run — with 3-pointers by Jeriah Horne, Walker, and Daniels — to make it 32-20 and led by at least nine points for the rest of the contest.
They outscored the Golden Bears 55-37 in the second half to set up the win.