PULLMAN – David Crisp scored in the lane with 1:46 remaining to give Washington the lead and send the Huskies over Washington State 70-65 on Saturday.
Washington (12-4, 2-1 Pac-12) sneaked out of Beasley Coliseum with the victory after trailing for over 33 minutes.
Crisp gave the Huskies their first lead of the second half with a steal and a fast-break layup with 3:21 remaining. After Washington lost the lead again following buckets from Robert Franks and Jeff Pollard, Crisp gave the Huskies a 66-65 advantage with 1:46 remaining off another layup. WSU’s Milan Acquaah missed two free throws and the Cougars three shots after that.
Jaylen Nowell finished with 15 points and nailed a jumper in the lane with 25 seconds remaining, extending the Huskies’ lead to three, which was followed by a Franks missed 3-pointer with 10 seconds left before Matisse Thybulle added two free throws for Washington.
Crisp finished with 15 points and five rebounds with 13 points coming in the second half. Thybulle had 17 points for UW and Noah Dickerson added 11 points and six rebounds, but committed seven turnovers.
Nowell, Thybulle and Dickerson all struggled with foul trouble in the second half. Dickerson picked up his fourth and fifth fouls on consecutive possessions with 8:09 left.
But despite some struggles for the Huskies, coach Mike Hopkins was on the winning end of his first UW-WSU rivalry game.
“It’s just what makes college sports so great,” Hopkins said. “It brings you back, so many great games, Syracuse and Georgetown and those great rivalries. You know to be able to go out there and play against an incredible opponent in your own state and to be able to get a victory, it just feels incredible.”
Franks finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Cougars (8-7, 0-3). Viont’e Daniels had 13 points, going 3 of 6 from 3-point range.
Drick Bernstine added 10 points before fouling out with 4:27 remaining.
“We rely on him so much to make so many plays, he is great at facilitating and with him out of the game, it does kind of hamper you a little bit from having a facilitator on the floor,” said WSU coach Ernie Kent of Bernstine, a 6-foot-8 graduate transfer. “It hurt in a lot of ways. It hurt defensively, it hurt with your leadership, your vocal leader and it hurt on the offensive end with him fouling out of the game.”
WSU’s Malachi Flynn, who came in averaging 15.6 points per game, scored only five, going 1 of 9 from the field, but had seven rebounds.