WSU leads 40-32 at halftime


There wasn't a knockout delivered in the first half, but there were a few blows by both team. And Klay Thompson, answering the question whether he would press, delivered most of Washington State's. The junior wing, who missed the last Cougar game serving a one-game suspension, took 15 shots in the first half, buried 6 of them (including 4 of 7 from beyond the arc) and posted 18 points. ... That offset 13 points by UW freshman Terrence Ross in his first start. The Huskies started a smaller group, sitting Aziz N'Diaye and using three wings with Isaiah Thomas. It worked to some extent, as they shot a better.than-usual-against-WSU 41.4 percent, hitting 5 of 14 from long range. ... Faisal Aden added an offensive spark, putting up eight points, though he is still struggling from 3, missing both attempts. ... The Cougar zone (they played a majority of time in their 2-3) again seemed to make Thomas more of a distributor (six assists) than a scorer (5 points on 2-of-6 shooting). ... OK, that's about it until I get my story posted some 90 minutes after the end of the game. Until then ... 

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