Buffs find Wright stuff for emotional victory
LOS A NGELES» The season was in danger of bottoming out when McKinley Wright, playing his role as team leader to perfection, called his teammates together in an emotional locker room meeting before the Colorado Buffaloes took on Oregon Feb. 2.
At that point, the Buffs had gone 3-8 since a stirring comeback win at New Mexico on Dec. 11, and a season billed as one in which the youthful club would make meaningful strides was in danger of spiraling out of control.
Wright, himself ailing with an injured left shoulder that will require surgery after the season, gathered his teammates. Staying together was the only way to get back on track.
“Before we played against Oregon in the locker room, I huddled everyone up and told everybody to look to their left and right and tell everybody they love each other,” Wright said. “We love each other and we’ve been rolling ever since then.”
Since then the Buffs have won three in a row, a run that continued Saturday night with an emotional 69-65 win at USC that clinched only the second Pac-12 two-game road sweep for CU since joining the league. All of the sudden the Buffs are squarely in the thick of the pack in the Pac-12 Conference and are one team
Colorado guard McKinley Wright shoots over Southern Cal guard Derryck Thornton on Saturday night at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.