Husky sweep, Cougs drop ninth in a row

SEATTLE (AP) - Scott
Suggs hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 4 minutes remaining and
finished with 23 points, and Washington beat rival Washington State
72-68 on Sunday, handing the Cougars their ninth straight loss.
Suggs' 3 from the top of the key snapped a 57-all tie. It was his fifth
3-pointer, tying his career high, and he added four more free throws as
the Huskies (16-13, 8-8 Pac-12) took a 65-57 lead with 2:28 remaining.
Washington won consecutive games for the first time since early January
when the Huskies started conference play 4-0 before losing eight of
Washington won its fifth straight over the Cougars.
Brock Motum and Royce Woolridge led Washington State
(11-18, 2-14) with 18 points each, but the Cougars' worst slide since
the 2002-03 season continued.
C.J. Wilcox also scored 23 for Washington, the first time this
season the Huskies had two players top the 20-point mark in the same
game. D.J. Shelton added 11 points and DaVonte Lacy
had 10 for the Cougars, who shot 51 percent but couldn't make up for 18
turnovers, many of them unforced.
Washington State started the second half on an 11-1 run, including a
five-point possession after Aziz N'Diaye was called for a
flagrant foul, Motum hit two free throws and Dexter
Kernich-Drew knocked down a 3 to give the Cougars their biggest
lead at 43-35. It didn't last long with Washington scoring the next six
points and nipping at the Cougars the rest of the half. Twice the
Huskies pulled within one - 47-46 and 49-48 - and finally got even when
Desmond Simmons knocked down a 17-footer as the shot clock
expired with 7 minutes left to tie the game at 53.
Woolridge split a pair of free throws and Abdul Gaddy hit a
floater in the lane to give Washington its first lead since halftime.
The Cougars followed with an unforced turnover and Wilcox's two free
throws pushed the lead to three, only to see Motum's free throw and
driving basket tie the game at 57.
Suggs, who had not scored in nearly 10 minutes, found himself open at
the top of the key and knocked down his fifth 3-pointer for a 60-57
lead. Suggs and Wilcox combined to hit 5 of 6 free throws over the next
two minutes before Woolridge's driving basket with 2:09 left cut the
Cougars deficit to six. Motum's two free throws cut the Huskies lead to
66-61, but Wilcox's driving basket and two free throws with 39 seconds
left cinched the victory.
Washington scored 10 of its final 12 points at the foul line.
Motum led the Cougars in scoring, but was held in check for most of the
first half. He scored the first five points for Washington State and
instantly that caused the Huskies to change. Out went Shawn Kemp
Jr. and in came Simmons, who was matched up almost exclusively
with Motum the rest of the half. Simmons held Motum to 15 points in the
first meeting back in January after he had average nearly 23 points in
the Cougars previous seven games.
Once Simmons entered, Motum disappeared and went scoreless until
getting free for a layup with less than a minute left in the half.
Story by A.P. Sports Writer Tim Booth
Game Notes:
Brock Motum led WSU with 18 points…he has scored double figures
in all 29 games this season…scored double-figures in 29-straight games.
With 1,451 career points, Motum is just 7 points away from tying
Marcus Moore for sixth on the WSU career scoring list.
Royce Woolridge also finished with 18 points…he has scored double
figures in eight of the last nine games.
DaVonté Lacy finished with 10 points…he has scored double figures
in each of the last three games and seven of the last eight games.
Lacy's 4 assists are his most since dishing out 4 at UCLA Feb. 9.
D.J. Shelton scored 11 points…his most since scoring 13 against
Arizona, Feb. 2.
WSU shot .512 from the field (22-for-43), its highest field goal
percentage since shooting .518 (29-for-56) against Utah Valley, Nov. 14.
The team's second-leading scorer, Mike Ladd, did not play due to
a left knee injury for the fifth-straight game.