The Washington Huskies have the necessary momentum as the Pac-12 tournament approaches.
On Saturday afternoon, two days after the end of the first meeting of the season against their rivals in the state of Pullman, the Huskies rallied to win over Washington State with a score of 78-70 at the Hack Edmundson Pavilion.
The win broke a four-game losing streak for UW, which included a series of defeats by three straight opponents in Arizona, USC and UCLA before losing Wednesday night to WSU – heading into the final week of the regular season.
The Cougars (15-13, 8-9 Pac-12) controlled the lead for most of the first 25 minutes, but one day the Huskies (14-13, 9-8) – and more specifically Terrell Brown Jr. – found rhythm in the second half. , it did little to disturb.
After throwing just 1 of 9 off the floor in the first half and entering a four-point break, Brown quickly regrouped, finishing 7 of 12 in the second half and making 7 of 9 free-throw attempts.
He scored 21 of 25 points for his team in the final half and brought UW forward, which he never lost with a score of 15:15 until the end when he hit the jumper in the paint, made a foul and executed a free throw. follows to make it 37-36.
UW increased the lead to nine points after a pair of free throws by Jamal Bay with a score of 2:41, but WSU almost narrowed the gap.
The Cougars cut Husky’s lead to three points in the 2:17 final to reduce Husky’s lead to three points, one each from O’Dee High School’s Noah Williams, Michael Flowers and Tyrell Roberts.
Two free throws by TJ Bamba reduced the lead to one possession for the last time 37.5 seconds before the end, but what happened next ended any threat of a late return for the Cougars.
Emmett Matthews Jr., returning after missing one game due to a concussion, stayed behind the WSU defense for 28 seconds and threw a one-handed shot to give the Husky a five-point lead when the crowd exploded.
The Huskies have added three more penalties in the last 11 seconds for their last eight-point lead.
Matthews added 15 points for the Huskies, while Bay also reached double-digit numbers with 10 and Dejon Davis, who also returned after a shoulder injury, and Nate Roberts had nine.
Flowers led all the scorers with 30 points, which contributed to a stellar first half, while Mohamed Gaye added 10 for the WSU, and for a while it seemed that the Cougars could win a series of the season.
The Huskies took the lead twice in the first three minutes, but the WSU did not back down after Flowers scored one of five three-pointers in the first half at 16:45.
UW then tied the score twice, but the Cougars regained the lead within the last nine minutes of the half when Flowers reconnected from the corner, responding to a 3-point Bay a few minutes before, and made the score 20-17.
Flowers soon counted another 3-point and made the first six attempts from the floor – including five throws from the perimeter – before missing, finishing in 6-8 and 5-7 with a 3-point range. His 20 points allowed the Cougars to break ahead with a score of 34-28.
UW hosts UCLA on Monday night – putting together what would be for a Pac-12 husky. which was postponed to December – before visiting Oregon schools on the weekends to close the regular season.
This story was originally published February 26, 2022, 5:29 p.m.