CJ Elleby scored a career-high 34 points to lead the Washington State Cougars ( 14-10, 5-6 Pac-12) to a 79-67 victory over in-state Rivals Washington Huskies ( 12-12-,2-9)Sunday afternoon in Pullman. The win was extra sweet for the Cougars as they snapped a four-game losing streak to the Huskies and pushed Washington’s losing to streak six consecutive games on a day the University and the Athletic Department honored former Head Coach George Raveling who attended the game.
Raveling was the first African American to coach men’s basketball in the Pac-12. He spent 12 years in Pullman, from 1972-83 and took the Cougars to NCAA Tournaments in 1980 and ’83. The 1980 tournament was Washington State’s first since 1941. He won 167 games at WSU and was named the Pac-8/10 Conference Coach of the Year twice.
ELLEBY PUTS ON A SHOW
Elleby came into the game intent on atoning for his 2-of -12 shooting in the Cougars 66-49 loss to Arizona on February 1st. Once the whistle blew to the start the game Elleby wasted no time in getting to the task at hand. The Cougars jumped out to a 21-13 lead as Elleby scored eight points, including two 3-pointers, during a 14-3 run.
Washington responded by holding the Cougars scoreless for 5 1/2 minutes during 15-4 run to take a 26-25 lead.
In the final minutes before the break, Elleby scored eight points and Bonton made a jumper at the buzzer to bring the Cougar lead to 38-33. Elleby had 18 in the first half.
Elleby finished the game making 9 of 16 from the field, including 6 of 9 from beyond the arc, and hit 10 of 10 from the free-throw line. Isaac Bonton scored 12 points and Noah Williams and Jervae Robinson each added 10 for the Cougars.
Isaiah Stewart, who averages 17.7 points and 8.8 rebounds a game for Washington (12-12, 2-9), was held to 11 points and seven rebounds. Nahziah Carter led the Huskies with 18 points. Jaden McDaniels scored 16 and Marcus Tsohonis 13.
Down by six with a little over two minutes to play, Carter made a layup for Washington to cut the Cougar lead to 69-65. On the next play, Elleby answered with a basket to extend the lead to six and put the Huskies away.
“Honestly, the career high doesn’t really matter to me. If we had lost and I had had the same amount of points I would have been pretty upset,” Elleby said. “But we got the win and that’s what matters. We protect the house. The Huskies came in and obviously it is a big game for Pullman and the Cougars. We got the job done and that’s what matters.”CJ Elleby on scoring a career high against the Huskies.
Washington: The Huskies have lost six Pac-12 games in a row and are last in the conference. This is the first time the Cougars beat the Huskies since the 2017 season.
Washington State: After a tough loss to Arizona, the Cougars bounced back with a win over in-state rival Washington. They snapped a four-game skid against the Huskies, having fallen in the season series in each of the last two seasons.
APPLE CUP TRADITION :
Sunday marked the 290th game in the Apple Cup Series. This was just the fourth of the last 155 games in the series that have been decided by more than 8 points
Washington: The Huskies play at Southern California on Thursday
Washington State: The Cougars play at UCLA on Thursday