Pac-10 basketball: Washington State impresses its rival

January 11, 2020

first_imgSEATTLE – The 10th-ranked Washington State Cougars have earned their archrivals’ utmost respect. “I think they’re better than No. 10,” Washington’s Jon Brockman said after the Cougars beat the Huskies 65-61 on Wednesday night. “They’re a great ball club. They didn’t get flustered when we got the lead.” Freshman center Spencer Hawes had 22 points and Brockman added 15 and 14 rebounds for the Huskies. The Cougars (22-4, 11-3 Pac-10), who received their highest ranking in history in this week’s Associated Press poll, won their fifth straight conference game this month after an overtime loss to Oregon. The Huskies (16-9, 6-8) had won five of their previous six league games. Picked to finish in last place in the Pac-10 preseason media poll after having a 4-14 record in the conference last season, Washington State’s confidence is now soaring. “It’s definitely up there for this time of the year,” Kyle Weaver said. Added Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar: “Washington State is a well oiled machine. They capitalize on every mistake that you make.” Taylor Rochestie scored a season-high 16 and Derrick Low hit two free throws with 16.7 seconds left to help the poised Cougars win a close game down the stretch. center_img Teammate Robbie Cowgill agreed. “This is the type of game that we probably would have lost last year or the year before,” Cowgill said, referring to Washington State’s 12-16 record when he was a freshman and 11-17 when he was a sophomore. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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