Washington State’s Thompson scores 43, but Washington rallies from 13 down for dramatic win. Thomas scored 21 points and adds 11 assists for the Huskies.
Washington guard Terrence Ross made his first career start for the Huskies / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest file
Washington 89, Washington State 87
Date: March 9, 2011
Venue: Staples Center
City: Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES The Washington Huskies used a 57-point second half to come from eight down at intermission to pull out an 89-87 victory over rival Washington State in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament. They did it while overcoming a 43-point performance by the Cougars Klay Thompson. Isaiah Thomas led the Huskies (21-10) with 21 points. Terrence Ross, in his first career start, had 17. The Huskies will face Oregon (15-16), which upset UCLA in the earlier game, 76-59. The Huskies trailed, 40-32 at halftime but 2½ minutes into the second half they took their first lead of the game. The Cougars pushed the lead back to eight again, before it was back-and-forth in the final minute. Thomas scored with nine seconds left to make it 88-85. Thompson then had a putback basket after a foul shot for an 88-87 score with four-tenths of a second remaining. WSU Coach Ken Bone called a timeout that he didn’t have. He was given a technical. C.J. Wilcox hit one. That was the end.
Star of the game Isaiah Thomas Thomas had 21 points – 16 in the second half – and a tournament record 11 assists to lead the Husky comeback.
Play of the game
Thomas made a basket with nine seconds left, giving the Huskies a three-point lead, 88-85.
Misplay of the game
WSU Coach Ken Bone called a timeout when he had none left with four-tenths of a second remaining. That sent C.J. Wilcox to the line and he made one free throw for the final score. Cougars had no chance after that.
Isaiah Thomas Scored 16 of his team-high 21 points and had 11 assists for his fourth season double-double in his first ever 40-minute game.
Terrence Ross Earned his first start of his career, tossing down 17 points in a career-high 29 minutes.
C.J. Wilcox Poured in 13 of his 16 points in the second half – going 5-of-9 from three-point range, and finished with 16 points.
Scott Suggs Had three points and three rebounds in 20 minutes.
Justin Holiday Finished with a double-double, 12 points and 10 rebounds. He also had three assists in his 31 minutes.
Aziz NDiaye Played 12 minutes and grabbed one rebound and had two points.
Darnell Gant Had three points and three rebounds in 10 minutes.
Venoy Overton Sat out the game while serving a suspension for being charged with distributing liquor to a minor.
WSU’s Klay Thompson had 43 points, tying the second-most points scored against a Washington. The record is 45 by USC’s John Block in 1966.
Klay Thompson’s 43 points is the fifth highest in Division I basketball this season.
You know after you hit a couple shots, coach starts drawing up plays for you and you feel you have a responsibility to step up and knock down shots.’ – C.J. Wilcox, Huskies guard, after hitting 5 of 9 from three-point range and finishing with 17 points.
No question. I’m probably more of a feel guy anyway. When you sense that somebody is ready to break loose, you go with it.” – Lorenzo Romar, Washington coach, on why he started freshman Terrence Ross.
Justin Holiday Coming back from a concussion, he was given medical clearance in the morning before the game.
21 – Three-pointer by the two teams combined, tying the Pac-10 Tournament record.
15 – Field goals made by WSU’s Klay Thompson, tying the tournament record set by UCLA’s Reggie Miller
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