January 31, 2011 in Sports

WSU beats Huskies for first time since 2008

By The Spokesman-Review
 
Associated Press photo

Washington State players rush the court after upsetting 18th-ranked Washington on Sunday night in Pullman.
(Full-size photo)

PULLMAN – It had just about everything those packed into Beasley Coliseum and watching on television could have wanted.

Big shots and little plays. Highlight-worthy slams and crucial steals. Foul trouble for the stars, key minutes by the backups, eardrum-straining noise from the crowd.

But, most importantly for most of the 10,579 at Beasley Coliseum on Sunday night, it ended with Washington State on top, 87-80 over the 18th-ranked Washington Huskies.

“Oh-and-four against them, that didn’t feel too good,” said junior Klay Thompson, who experienced his first win against UW and played a big part in it with a game-high 25 points and four assists.

The last time WSU had defeated the Huskies it came in double overtime on March 8, 2008, and was Derrick Low, Kyle Weaver and Robbie Cowgill’s last game in Pullman.

The students didn’t rush the court that night, but they did after this one, lifting Faisal Aden – who was Thompson Lite when the real thing was sitting with foul trouble, scoring 15 points and handing out a career-best four assists – on their shoulders.

But the student section had been doing that figuratively all night. They helped the Cougars recover from a seven-point, first-half deficit, helped them build an 11-point edge early in the second half and, when the Huskies closed to within four and WSU struggling to score, helped the Cougars recover their equilibrium.

“I kinda wanted to do it for the crowd,” Aden said, “because I knew they really wanted this one bad.”

But it was Thompson, Reggie Moore and a WSU zone defense that gave the students something to scream about, and helped the Cougars raise their record to 15-6, 5-4 in the Pac-10’s first half.

The 2-3 zone, which has become a staple of coach Ken Bone’s second year, limited the Huskies to 37.1 percent shooting, though that number is a little deceiving. UW, which shoots almost 50 percent from the floor, was 11 of 31 beyond the arc, 35.5 percent, but just 12 of 31 from close range.

Setting the tone was Isaiah Thomas, the Pac-10’s leading assist man. The 5-foot-9 Thomas was able to get by the Cougars’ guards out front with ease at times, but missed his first eight shots and finished 3 of 13, though he had a team-high 19 points after converting 11 of 12 free throws.

But he also had seven turnovers as UW (15-5, 7-2), which averages less than 12 a game, had 24.

“I felt like some of the turnovers Washington had was because of our defense,” Bone said. “But some of them was they didn’t complete plays they usually complete.”

The teams combined for 59 free-throw attempts, with three Cougars (DeAngelo Casto, Abe Lodwick and Brock Motum) and one Husky (Thomas, after the outcome was decided) fouling out.

Moore didn’t have to deal with foul trouble, playing 36 minutes and scoring a season-high 18 points. He also gave WSU its 11-point lead when he gathered in Aden’s pass and threw down a dunk with 16:30 left.

“I knew we were going to win that game when Reggie caught that lob,” Thompson said. “I knew we were playing with too much fire and there was no way we were going to let that lead slip away from us.”

But no one else did. With just over 6 minutes left, Moore relaxed on defense and Thomas hit his first shot of the night, a 3-pointer that cut WSU’s lead to six, 75-69. Bone called timeout.

He said he wanted to get Moore a rest, remind him of his defensive responsibilities and bring Thompson, Casto and Lodwick back, all with four fouls.

Thompson took over. He drove, pulled up and hit a 5-footer. After a Casto steal gave the Cougars a key stop, Thompson came off a Patrick Simon screen and hit a 23-footer. With 5:23 left, it was 80-69 and the Huskies never really threatened.

And Thompson thinks he knows why.

“Physical toughness and mental toughness,” he said. “They are both very important if we are going to be successful. We’ve got to be as tough as we can.”

FGFTReb
UWMinM-AM-AO-TAPFPTS
Bryan-Amaning331-84-83-11026
Holiday274-126-75-122316
N’Diaye91-10-01-5042
Thomas373-1311-120-25519
Suggs355-120-00-32312
Overton81-10-00-2042
Ross225-100-01-20214
Gant293-52-24-7339
Totals20023-6223-2915-46122680

Percentages: FG .371, FT .793. 3-Point Goals: 11-31, .355 (Ross 4-8, Thomas 2-6, Holiday 2-7, Suggs 2-8, Gant 1-2). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 5 (Bryan-Amaning 2, N’Diaye 2, Gant). Turnovers: 24 (Thomas 7, Suggs 5, Holiday 4, Overton 3, Gant 2, Bryan-Amaning 2, N’Diaye). Steals: 8 (Thomas 3, Bryan-Amaning 2, Overton, Gant, Holiday). Technical Fouls: None.

FGFTReb
WSU MinM-AM-AO-TAPFPTS
Casto215-91-41-80511
Lodwick270-12-20-2252
Capers283-41-10-3227
Thompson309-184-90-24425
Moore364-89-101-35018
Aden266-170-00-44015
Motum172-31-21-2155
Enquist90-11-22-3001
Simon61-10-00-1003
Totals20030-6219-306-32182187

Percentages: FG .484, FT .633. 3-Point Goals: 8-17, .471 (Aden 3-6, Thompson 3-6, Simon 1-1, Moore 1-3, Lodwick 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 3 (Lodwick, Aden, Thompson). Turnovers: 12 (Thompson 5, Capers 2, Aden 2, Moore 2, Lodwick). Steals: 13 (Thompson 5, Lodwick 2, Casto 2, Aden, Moore, Motum, Capers). Technical Fouls: None.

Halftime—WSU 45-43. A—10,579.

Arizona72184
Washington72155
UCLA63147
Washington St.54156
California54129
Stanford45119
Southern Cal451210
Oregon361011
Oregon St.36812
Arizona St.18912

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