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Tale of the tape: Washington State 72, Washington 67

FROM PULLMAN -- As always, here's our postgame recap box that will publish in tomorrow's newspaper.

PLAYER OF THE GAME — D.J. Shelton was too much for the Huskies to handle. WSU’s senior forward scored 20 points and had a career-best 18 rebounds, and his versatility and ability to shoot from outside was a problem for UW’s defense all night.

IT WAS OVER WHEN — The Huskies had the ball, trailing by five points in the final 36 seconds with a chance to cut the lead further, when Andrew Andrews fell down and lost the ball out of bounds.

STAT OF THE GAME — UW made just one field goal during an 11-plus minute span in the second half.

QUOTABLE — “No one’s out there trying to miss. We’re trying. Just didn’t go in. Give them a lot of credit for taking advantage of it.” – UW coach Lorenzo Romar

WHAT IT MEANS — Because of how much a victory would have meant, this is probably UW’s worst loss of the season. The Cougars had played terribly the past couple of weeks, and a win would have given the Huskies a 6-3 record in conference play. Not only did they fall short of that, but now they have a loss to a below-.500 team on their resume. That won’t bode well if they get close enough to the bubble for it to matter.

NEXT UP — Washington at Utah, Thursday, 6 p.m., Pac-12 Networks

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple