Washington basketball showed the importance of experience for a veteran team, holding off WSU to advance to 11-1 in conference.
Washington basketball didn’t have an easy win Saturday in Pullman. The final score was 72-70. The Cougars had swept Arizona State and Arizona last week on the road and were coming home on a hot streak.
The game was close throughout. Early on, WSU went on a 12-4, making the score 22-13 at the 12:04 mark of the first half. The Cougars held on for the remainder of the half, leading 45-36 at the break.
The Huskies got off to a good start in the second half and were able to tie the game at 54-54 with ten minutes remaining in the game before Jaylen Nowell hit a shot to put the Huskies ahead and complete a 9-0 run.
The game stayed pretty close the whole rest of the way. Noah Dickerson secured the lead with 25 seconds remaining by cleaning up a Jaylen Nowell missed lay in to go ahead 72-67. The Cougars made a shot behind the arc to make it 72-70 with .7 secs left. After a time out, David Crisp caught the inbound pass to end the game.
Washington basketball was led by Nowell with 20 points followed by Noah Dickerson’s 18. Offensively, Matisse Thybulle had a poor shooting night, going four of 11 from the floor and one of five beyond the arc. Thybulle ended his night with nine points. David Crisp had his worst shooting night of Pac-12 play, scoring eight points on 25% shooting.
The Huskies did have success limiting WSU’s leading scorer Robert Franks to just 16 points after he scored a combined 65 points last week against Arizona State and Arizona. Franks went five of ten from the floor, four of his five coming from the three-point line.
Washington returns home after playing three games on the road to face Utah on Wednesday and Colorado on Saturday. The Huskies now have an 11-1 record in Pac-12 play with six games remaining. Washington’s overall record is 20-5.