A determined Marcus Tsohonis led the Washington Huskies to a hard-fought 65-63 win over cross-state rivals Washington State Cougars Monday night in Pullman Washington. The sophomore guard scored a career-high 29 points while playing the point guard position in place of Quade Green. Green missed the game due to a non-Covid-19 illness.
A COMPLETE GAME
Tsohonis impacted the game on both ends of the court pulling down four rebounds, registering three assists, and committing just two turnovers. Tsohonis leadership was instrumental in a choppy back and forth game. It was an offensive struggle for both teams but a thrilling finish was set up when Jamal Bey hit only 1 of 2 free throws to give the Huskies a 63-61 lead with 15.5 seconds to go.
Washington State point guard Noah Williams took the inbounds pass and raced the length of the court, going down the lane for a layup with 10 seconds left to tie it at 63.
Without a timeout available, Tsohonis went the other way and drove into the lane, making a floater over Williams from just inside the foul line. Williams’ half-court heave at the buzzer went over the backboard.
Erik Stevenson had 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Huskies (4-16, 3-13 Pac-12 Conference), who ended a five-game losing streak, which started with a 77-62 loss to WSU on Jan. 31.
Aljaz Kunc scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half, and Dishon Jackson added 13 for the Cougars (12-10, 5-10), who had won three-straight in the rivalry. Williams scored 12 points with seven rebounds and seven assists.
With UW starting 1 for 6 and WSU 0 for 6, it was 2-0 more than four minutes into the game. The Cougars rallied, scoring eight straight, to take a 21-20 lead but Washington put together a 13-0 run leading to a 36-26 advantage at the half as Tsohonis scored 16.
The lead was 14 after back-to-back Tsohonis baskets early in the second half before the Cougars went on a 17-1 run to get their second lead. Kunc, who shot 5 for 5 with two 3-pointers and two free throws, hit a jumper that made it 45-43 for the Cougars with 8:54 to go.