Yes, the Huskies were happy after their overtime win over Arizona State last night. (Here's my game story, and here's Dave Boling's take.) But they were also amazingly ready to look ahead to what -- for them -- may be an even bigger test: Arizona at noon Saturday at Hec Ed.
Coach Lorenzo Romar:
Right now, I'm jumping up and down on the inside. Maybe I'm just a little drained from the game. But at the same time, I do understand we just played the first half. The second half is going to be Saturday against a team that kind of had their way with us when we were down in Tucson, Ariz. They are another tough team that presents a tough matchup for us. Their triangle (offense), we've not solved that mystery yet, how to keep those guys under control. We're going to have to make sure that we get together and do a better job on them than we have done in the past."
"I think we've accomplished one-third of what we wanted in terms of these next two weeks. It's a big one, it's a big one-third. But it doesn't do much if we come out and lay an egg on Saturday."
"We have another tough one coming in on Saturday so we've just got to get prepared, get our bodies prepared, get our bodies rested up for Saturday."
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The result leaves moves the Huskies a game and a half ahead of ASU as well as UCLA and California, who kept pace with victories Thursday over Stanford and USC respectively. That leaves them all hovering just one game behind the Huskies in the loss column.
The Huskies two remaining Pac-10 games are against Arizona and Washington State. And since those teams met Thursday night, here's the WSU report from that game:
Washington State vs. Arizona – Feb. 26, 2009 – Pullman, Wash. (Friel Court)
Final Score: WSU 69, Arizona 53
Washington State Notes:
The Cougars got their first win over Arizona since Feb. 1, 2007.
Klay Thompson tied the WSU freshman record for 3-pointers made with 62 (came in with 58)…the record was set by Bennie Seltzer in 1990.
He moved into sole possession of second place in the WSU freshman record books for points…he now has 368.
DeAngelo Casto tied the WSU blocks record with his one block on the night…he now has 36.
Taylor Rochestie, Klay Thompson and Caleb Forrest all scored in double-figures for the second-straight game.
Casto scored a career high 11 points…previous high was 10 against Gonzaga (Dec. 10).
WSU tied its season high for assists with 22.
Just the second time this season the Cougars have scored 65-plus points in back-to-back games and the first in Pac-10 play.