A Noah Dickerson tip-in of a missed Jaylen Nowell layup with 25 seconds remaining on the game clock gave the Washington Huskies (20-5, 11-1) a much needed 72-70 win over cross-state rivals Washington State (10-15, 3-9)
The Huskies were in desperate search of a win after suffering their first conference loss last Saturday against the Arizona State Sun Devils. The Cougars were coming off an impressive two-game road win at Arizona and Arizona State and looking for their first three-game conference win streak under head coach Ernie Kent.
Washington State looked like they were on their way to a third win, converting 16-27 shots from the field ( 59% ), scoring 12 fast break points to Washington’s zero points and outrebounding the Huskies 19 – 10 for a 45-36 first-half lead.
Cougar sophomore Marvin Cannon was able to find creases in the Huskies zone and scored 18 first-half points on his way to a career-high 25 points. The Cougars defense was in full effect in the first half holding the Huskies to 14-31 (45%) shooting from the field.
A Jeff Pollard basket to start the second half extended the Cougars lead to 47-36 and unlike the ASU game in which they had no energy and bite back, the Huskies answered with a 7-0 run in the next 1:57 forcing a WSU time out.
The time out slowed but did not stop the Huskies continued their scoring ways with a 13-3 run spanning five minutes after several layups from Dickerson and a 3-pointer from Dominic Green to tie the game at 54 with 9:57 remaining.
The two rivals traded baskets down the down stretch with the Huskies taking the lead for good at 69-67 with 1:20 left in the game on a pair of free throws by Nowell.
Nowell led the Huskies with 20 points while Dickerson scored 18points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Robert Franks scored 16 points to join Cannon as the only Cougars to reach the double-digit mark in scoring.