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George King’s 26 points spark Colorado past UCLA

LOS ANGELES — Tad Boyle figured what his young players didn’t know wouldn’t bother them, so the Colorado coach kept quiet about the Buffaloes never winning at Pauley Pavilion.

It worked.

George King scored 26 points and Colorado defeated UCLA 68-59 on Saturday night, dropping the Bruins out of first place in the Pac-12.

It was Colorado’s first win in five games at Pauley since joining the Pac-12.

“When our seniors play well and our leaders play well, it makes our freshmen play well,” Boyle said. “We are a young team and we’re growing. We just have to be more consistent.”

Boxscore

King led the way, making a career-high six 3-pointers for the Buffaloes (11-7, 3-3), who earned their first road win of the season. The team’s lone starting senior finished one point short of his career high while grabbing 10 rebounds.

The Buffs start three freshmen along with King and junior Namon Wright.

Thomas Welsh scored 20 points — two off his career best — to lead the Bruins (13-5, 4-2). They shot 37 percent from the floor and were 5 of 25 from 3-point range.

“It’s definitely a tough one,” Welsh said.

King scored eight in a row, including consecutive 3-pointers, to push Colorado’s lead to 55-41.

Welsh took over for UCLA, scoring 10 in a row to close to 55-51. The 7-footer made two 3-pointers while teammate Chris Smith missed three free throws. King answered with his sixth 3-pointer and Colorado led 60-51. It was part of a 13-8 run the Buffs used to close out the game.

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