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Sorry this is so late, but I spent the day making the scenic drive across the state from Pullman. And then when I got home, the Cal-Colorado game was on. So I got caught up watching the Buffaloes play nothing like they did in Thursday's loss to Stanford. Colorado's win means that Washington sits alone atop the Pac-12 conference at 13-3, while Cal falls to 13-4.
As for yesterday's game, a lot of people will say the Cougs giftwrapped that win. And that is partially true. But the Huskies also capitalized on those missed free throws and fought back. They were down 13, and they could have rolled over right there but didn't.
“Our guys really, really stepped under some adverse circumstances,” Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said.
• An arena with 3,500 rowdy students and 9,325 in attendance. “I’ve never seen that big of a student section,” said UW’s Tony Wroten.
• A tidal wave of momentum for Washington State. Twice, the Huskies went more than seven minutes without scoring – early in each half. WSU was up 47-34 with 11 minutes, 7 seconds left to play. “It felt like we were down 40,” said C.J. Wilcox.
• Ross and Aziz N’Diaye were riddled with foul trouble for much of the game. Ross was limited to 21 minutes and was 1-for-5 from the field. He was never a factor, fouling out with 1:21 left. N’Diaye played 21 minutes, scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds but fouled out with 4:35 left.
“Our guys somehow stuck with it and found a way to win,” Romar said.
Washington State also found a way to lose. The Cougars couldn’t capitalize on their own success, shooting 6-for-20 from the free throw line in the second half.
“Obviously, we made our free throws and they weren’t as fortunate, and it probably was the difference in the game,” Romar said. “But it wouldn’t have mattered when they went up 13 if we would have rolled over. Earlier in the year, that leads into 20 (behind) instead of us coming back.”Howie Stalwick was also covering the game for us, and filed this story.
Here's the AP game story
Look at those free throws. I can't believe it still. I've never seen anything like that where a team totally fell apart at the line. It just snowballed. And with each miss, it was like the rim got smaller and smaller. The offensive rebounding was a bit of a surprise. The Cougs beat UW to a lot of 50-50 balls in the first half.