Buffs find Wright stuff for emo­tional vic­tory

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Pat Rooney

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

Mark J. Ter­rill, The As­so­ci­ated Press

Colorado guard McKin­ley Wright shoots over South­ern Cal guard Der­ryck Thorn­ton on Sat­ur­day night at the Galen Cen­ter in Los An­ge­les.

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