Huskies Handle Washington St., 81-67

Feb 1, 2003

AP Sports Writer

SEATTLE (AP) - Will Conroy scored 14 points and Curtis Allen added 13 offthe bench as Washington handed last-place Washington State its 16th straightPacific-10 loss, 81-67, on Friday night.

The Cougars' last conference win came Jan. 31, 2002, in Pullman against theHuskies.

Washington (8-10 overall, 3-6 Pac-10) handed Washington State (5-13, 0-9)its ninth consecutive defeat, all in league play.

Doug Wrenn had 11 points for the Huskies, who were coming off losses of 25points at Oregon and 20 points at Oregon State last week.

For Washington State, Cedrick Hughey had 15 points, Thomas Kelati 13 andMilton Riley 12. Hughey was the top rebounder in the game with eight as theCougars had a 41-31 rebounding advantage.

The Huskies pulled steadily ahead in the second half after being in front byeight points at halftime. Washington led only 49-42 with six minutes gone inthe second half when Wrenn made a short jump hook, Bobby Jones sank a freethrow and Allen had his third 3-pointer of the game for a 55-42 lead with 12:15left.

Washington built its lead to 19 points twice - 71-52 and 73-54 - in thefinal six minutes.

The Huskies led 38-30 at halftime, after taking a 19-11 lead with 9:20 leftin the first half on four 3-pointers in a row. Nate Robinson tied the score at9 with a 3-pointer and Allen, Mike Jensen and Allen again then connected.

The 5-foot-9 Robinson, a freshman and a starting cornerback on theWashington football team, made a spectacular play with 3:03 remaining. He droveto the basket, took a shot in the paint, caught the rebound while still in theair and put back the shot in traffic to put Washington ahead 32-23.

Washington shot 50 percent (28 for 56) from the floor.

It was Washington's eighth victory in a row over Washington State inSeattle. The Cougars haven't beaten the Huskies in Seattle since Jan. 29, 1994,in Kelvin Sampson's final season at Washington State before he went toOklahoma.

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