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Big second half lifts UW Huskies past WSU Cougars 78-70

Feb 26, 2022, 5:57 PM

SEATTLE (AP) – Pac-12 scoring leader Terrell Brown Jr. scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half, and the UW Huskies rallied for a 78-70 win over rival WSU on Saturday.

UW Huskies 7, WSU Cougars 70: Box Score

Brown erupted after an awful first half shooting performance to keep alive the UW Huskies (14-13, 9-8 Pac-12) slim chances of a top-four finish in the final Pac-12 regular season standings. Brown missed eight of nine shots in the first half, but was superb over the final 20 minutes.

Brown played every minute of the second half and made 7 of 12 shots and was 7 of 9 at the free-throw line. It was his 16th game this season with at least 20 points.

Emmitt Matthews Jr., who missed Washington’s loss at Washington State earlier this week with a concussion, returned to add 15 points including a key dunk with 30 seconds left as Washington State tried to force a turnover. Jamal Bey added 13.

The rivals split their home games this week with the WSU Cougars winning on their home floor on Wednesday.

Michael Flowers scored a season-high 30 to lead Washington State (15-13, 8-9) but was shut down in the second half. Flowers made five 3-pointers and had 20 points in the first half. He was stymied for much of the second half and didn’t get much scoring help.

Flowers was 7 of 12 on 3-pointers, while the rest of the Cougars combined to go 2 for 15. Mouhamed Gueye added 10 points for the Cougars. Efi Abogidi, who had 21 points on Wednesday, was held to four points and took just four shots in 19 minutes. Noah Williams, who had big games in the past against Washington, struggled badly shooting 2 of 13 and finishing with seven points.

Washington started the second half on an 18-6 run, quickly erasing the six-point halftime deficit. Brown continued to find open looks difficult, but some of those difficult shots started falling. His three-point play gave Washington a 37-36 lead, its first since it was 5-3, and consecutive layups gave the UW Huskies a 57-51 lead with 8:23 remaining.

The Huskies lead grew to 66-57 after Jamal Bey’s two free throws with 2:41 left, but 3s from Noah Williams, Flowers and Tyrell Roberts kept the Cougars close. Washington hit its free throws in the closing minutes, going 8 of 9 at the line to help hold off the Cougars rally.

BIG PICTURE

Washington State: Any slim chance the Cougars had of an at-large bid for the NCAA tournament is likely done. The Cougars had excellent computer numbers, but the loss to the Huskies likely means the Pac-12 tournament is their only route to the NCAAs.

Washington: The UW Huskies snapped a four-game losing streak overall, but their path doesn’t get easier with home games against No. 12 UCLA and Oregon on the horizon.

UP NEXT

Washington State: At Oregon State on Monday.

Washington: Hosts No. 12 UCLA on Monday.

Gueye, Abogidi lead WSU Cougars past UW Huskies 78-70

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