Jan. 3, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Cougars' seven-game winning streak over the Huskies came to an end as the Washington State University men's basketball team fell to the University of Washington, 68-48, Saturday in the two teams' Pacific-10 Conference openers at Friel Court.
The Cougars (8-5, 0-1) fell to 11-20 all-time in Pac-10 openers, including 4-5 when opening against the Huskies (10-3, 1-0). UW outscored the Cougars, 22-7 in the final 9:12 of the game for the victory.
"Whether it's at the end of the game or the start of the second half, when those bad stretches come, it's kind of like when it rains it pours," WSU Head Coach Tony Bennett said. "A lot of things go wrong, it isn't just a quick shot or a missed shot or a turnover, offensive rebounds. That's tough that we're not capable of sometimes withstanding those kinds of runs when teams put them against us. That's hard, that was frustrating."
Seniors Taylor Rochestie and Aron Baynes led the Cougars in scoring with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Rochestie added two assists and four rebounds, while Baynes finished the night 4-for-6 from the field, making his first four attempts. Caleb Forrest, making his first start at Friel Court since Jan. 21, 2006 of his freshman season, added nine points, while freshman Klay Thompson chipped in eight.
Four Huskies scored in double figures, led by freshman Isaiah Thomas with a game-high 19 points. Justin Dentmon added 17 followed by Quincy Pondexter with 16 points and seven rebounds. Washington's leading scorer, Jon Brockman, was held to 10 points and four boards.
UW outrebounded WSU, 36-20 on the boards, grabbing 13 on the offensive end. The Cougars outscored the Huskies in the paint, 24-12.
"I think a lot of what Washington State basketball is all about is getting motivated and pumped up on the defensive end and when you're not getting stops and you're a defensive team, I think that plays a role offensively," Rochestie said. "I think when we're getting gritty and bearing down and getting stops defensively it fires up our offense and we start breaking teams down."
WSU scored in the first 16 seconds of the second half off a layup by Rochestie to tie the game at 30 points apiece. From that point, UW used a 9-0 run to take the 39-30 lead with 17:08 to go in the game. After trailing by as many as 10, the Cougars pulled within five points at 41-46 with 9:31 to play in the game. The Huskies ended the game with a 22-7 run for the decisive 20-point victory.
The Cougars jumped out to an early lead before the Huskies took their first lead of the game at 13-12 with 8:13 to go in the first half. Washington led by as many as five points in the half. Trailing 24-28, WSU's DeAngelo Casto and Aron Baynes combined to hit four-straight free throws down the stretch to tie the game at 28 with five seconds to go in the first period. The Cougars were called for a foul in the final 1.5 seconds of the game on a Husky inbounds play as Pondexter hit both from the line to give his team the 30-28 lead at the half.
WSU continues its three-game homestand to open conference play as it hosts California, Thursday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. and Stanford, Saturday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at Friel Court.