Big second half lifts Cougars past No. 16 Huskies
Pullman, WA (Sports Network) – Josh Akognon scored 14 points and dished out
three assists, as Washington State deployed a balanced attack to topple the
16th-ranked Washington Huskies, 77-64, at Friel Court.
Aron Baynes and Chris Matthews netted 13 points apiece while Robbie Cowgill
and Ivory Clark added 10 each for the Cougars (10-9, 3-7 Pac 10), who broke a
six-game losing streak.
Brandon Roy led all scorers with 21 points, but shot just 5-of-15 from the
field for Washington (16-5, 5-5), which has now dropped three straight. Justin
Dentmon chipped in 14 points and picked up three steals and Bobby Jones had 10
points in the loss.
The Huskies established a 35-30 halftime lead, but their production fell off
in the second stanza thanks to solid defensive play from Washington State.
The Cougars held Washington to just 22.6 percent shooting (7-of-31) in the
final 20 minutes, and the Huskies were able to connect on just three of their
17 three-point tries in that span.
Washington State, meanwhile, broke off an 11-0 run early in the second half to
claim the lead, and held on the rest of the way. Baynes led the charge in the
latter stages, scoring all 13 of his points after the intermission.
The Cougars shot 48 percent from the field and hit 18 of their 20 free throw
attempts in the second half to secure the win.
Washington leads the all-time series, 167-93…Washington State also beat the
Huskies 78-71 in their first meeting this season…Baynes also had 12 rebounds
in the game…Roy added nine boards for the Huskies…The Cougars outrebounded