As always, here is our postgame recap box that will publish alongside our story in tomorrow's newspaper.
PLAYER OF THE GAME — Nigel Williams-Goss drew praise for his 14-point, 10-assist performance in a victory over OregonState last week. The freshman point guard recorded another double-double on Friday night, leading UW with 17 points while also grabbing a career-best 12 rebounds. That was in addition to the nine rebounds snagged by fellow starting guard Andrew Andrews. Williams-Goss also handed out four assists and did not commit a turnover in 30 minutes.
IT WAS OVER WHEN — The Huskies ripped off a 9-0 run midway through the second half to take an 18-point lead, and no thought existed that WSU was capable of a comeback.
STAT OF THE GAME — WSU forward D.J. Shelton collected 15 rebounds for the Cougars … and also attempted, and missed, 10 3-pointers. That’s hard to do.
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QUOTABLE — “Wish we could have had a little more of that when we were in Pullman.” – UW coach Lorenzo Romar
WHAT IT MEANS — In the big picture, probably not a whole lot. WSU is not a good basketball team, and UW’s loss in Pullman on Feb. 1 only looks worse after a result like this. But the Huskies did play some of their best defense of the season and came out from the start with the requisite energy to dismantle the Cougars. Those aren’t bad precedents to set this time of year, even if they’ve been missing too often.
NEXT UP — UCLA at Washington, Thursday, 6 p.m., ESPN2.
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