No. 10 Cougars Edge Washington, 65-61
Feb. 15, 2007
SEATTLE (AP) - Taylor Rochestie scored a season-high 16 points off the bench and Derrick Low hit two free throws with 16.7 seconds left to help No. 10 Washington State beat Washington 65-61 on Wednesday night.
Freshman center Spencer Hawes had 22 points and sophomore forward Jon Brockman added 15 for the Huskies.
The Cougars (22-4, 11-4 Pac-10), who received their highest rating in history in this week's The 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.
Low put the Cougars ahead 62-58 with a 3-pointer with 3:58 to go, but Justin Dentmon of Washington sank a 3-pointer with 3:28 left. Low's two free throws with 16.7 came after he was fouled by Adrian Oliver.
Robbie Cowgill added a free throw for the Cougars with 7.3 seconds to go.
Low added 12 points and Ivory Clark 10 for the defensive-minded Cougars, who came into the game ranked 10th nationally in defense, yielding 57.6 points per game.
Washington State beat Washington for the fourth straight time over two seasons. The Cougars beat the Huskies 75-47 in Pullman on Jan. 20, but Washington played without the 7-foot Hawes, their leading scorer, in that game because he had a sprained ankle.
In the second half, Washington took the lead at 58-57 on a driving layup by Hawes with 5:33 to go before Daven Harmeling allowed the Cougars to retake the lead at 59-58 with a 15-foot baseline jumper with 5:13 left. Low then sank his second 3-pointer to put Washington State ahead 62-58.
The Cougars led 40-32 at halftime, holding the Huskies without a basket in the final 7:04 of the first half.
Washington State's stingy defense limited Washington to seven free throws after Ryan Appleby's third 3-pointer cut the Cougars' lead to 26-25 with 7:04 to go in the opening half.
Clark had two of his three first-half dunks - and eight points - in the final 6:11 of the first half, when the Cougars went on a 14-5 run to go up by eight points at halftime. Clark's dunk with 6:11 left came on a pass from Cowgill and gave Washington State a 28-27 lead.
Washington State, which has never won a Pac-10 regular-season title, is in second place in the conference standings with four games left. UCLA leads with a 10-2 record.