BY Bob Sherwin 07:05PM 02/27/2011

Inspired Cougars knock off Huskies, 80-69

The Cougars dash Washington’s’ 14-game home winning streak and take the season series from the Huskies, negatively impact UW’s potential seeding for the NCAA Tournament.

Washington's Isaiah Thomas drives against Washington State Sunday night / Drew Sellers, Sportspress Northwest

Washington State 80, Washington 69

Date: February 27, 2011

Venue: Hec Edmundson Pavilion

City: Seattle

Attendance: 10,000

Washington State completed the season sweep of Washington with a controlling 80-69 win in Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Klay Thompson led all scorers with 26 points. Washington was atrocious from the field, particularly in the first half, continuing to have problems with the Cougars’ zone. Isaiah Thomas led Washington with 21 points. The loss put the Huskies’ NCAA Tournament participation in doubt among some pundits.

Star of the game
Klay Thompson The Washington State sharp-shooter scored 26 points on just 13 shots. Thompson made 13 of 14 free throws and recovered from a poor start to the game.

Play of the game
Washington State center DeAngelo Casto was credited with a basket on what appeared to be a continuation foul call. Washington coach Lorenzo Romar was called for a technical foul during his protest. Washington State used the exchange to bloat its second-half lead to 14 points.

Highlights

  • Matthew Bryan-Amaning ran back to swat what looked to be a sure layup for Washington State’s Brock Motum.
  • Klay Thompson had nice back-to-back assists to Brock Motum during a second-half run.
  • DeAngelo Casto had a huge two-handed slam off a pass from Reggie Moore.

Lowlights

  • Washington shot 1-for-13 in the first half from behind the 3-point line.
  • Washington coach Lorenzo Romar received a technical foul with 16:51 remaining in the second half.
  • Aziz N’Diaye was called for a lane violation, summing up how the night went for Washington.

Notable

  • Aziz N’Diaye Scored six points and grabbed nine rebounds, but again ran into foul trouble.
  • Terrence Ross Was 0-for-5 from the field continuing his late-season funk.
  • C.J. Wilcox Started again and struggled again. Wilcox was 1-for-6 from the field.
  • Darnell Gant Scored four points and added five rebounds, but turned it over three times.
  • Venoy Overton Came off the bench to score eight points. Was called for a technical and fouled out.
  • Justin Holiday Scored 11 points and provided five assists.
  • Matthew Bryan-Amaning Finished with a double-double, 14 points and 10 rebounds, but was pulled early in the second half and benched for a long time.
  • Isaiah Thomas Led Washington with 21 points. Added five assists and three rebounds.

Said

  • “I think we have just as much talent if not more.” Klay Thompson, Washington State star, on why the Cougars swept Washington this year
  • “I feel like our guys understood the performance we had at ASU is unacceptable.” Ken Bone, Washington State coach
  • “There are a lot of things. We can go on and on about what happened in the game, but just not being able to go over the hump and win. I do think we fought back, but we didn’t fight enough.” Justin Holiday, Washington forward
  • “Obviously that’s not how we scripted it.” Lorenzo Romar, Washington coach, on the start of the game.

Numbers

  • 17. First-half points for Washington, a low since Lorenzo Romar has run the program.
  • 0. First-half points for Matthew Bryan-Amaning.
  • 7.7 Percentage Washington shot from behind the 3-point line in the first half, 1-for-13.
  • 88.9. Percentage Washington State shot from the free-throw line.


YourThoughts

  • Bremerton98310

    Wow what an idiot

  • Brett

    Wow.  You’re talking about the best pitcher in the American League (better than Lincecum by the way).  If Felix doesn’t have intensity and a great work ethic, then nobody in Major League Baseball does.  What an absurd comment. 

  • Michael Kaiser

    People have been talking about Felix’s lack of maturity since day one, and given his age and lack of education, that is par for the course.  His inability to put teamates’ errors behind him, his tendency to take a host of things too personally, and a lack of sustained focus are all things people have noticed.  All also are hallmarks of a lack of maturity.  And as for Felix’s one–and almost by default at that, although that is beside the point–Cy Young overshadowing Lincecum’s sustained excellence over the course of several years and Cy Young’s, you are probably one of few that would take Felix over Lincecum if you had to win just one big game.  And, oh ya, Lincecum also has to focus on hitting.