Originally written on SeaTown Sports  |  Last updated 7/29/14

Initial (Over)Reactions

A win is a win. A road win is a road win. I don’t know how many times I have said that this season. The Huskies practically made me scratch out my eyeballs during the first twenty-seven minutes of the game before putting together a half-decent final thirteen. I had almost come to terms with how upset I would be losing to a Washington State team, that’s best player is a ginger, until the Cougars Coug’d it with a stretch in the second half where they went 4-17 from the line. That is reason number one why UW won.

Reason two would have to be Ken Bone’s horrific play calling to end the game. The Cougars were down two when Bone called a timeout with 19.6 seconds remaining. Patrick Simon took the shot for the Cougars (it was actually a good look) and airballed a three from the corner. Wazzu is blessed to have some scoring talent in Motum, Lacey and Moore, yet they went with freaking Patrick Simon for their biggest shot of the game. This guy has made one shot in the last fifteen games for the Cougars. After the game Bone said he would run the same play if he had the chance. The term “Cougin’ it” lives on.

I could go on a rant about how poorly UW played today, or about how this team is still playing extremely inconsistent basketball outside of Seattle when tournament time is right around the corner. But today is a day for celebration; the Huskies won in Pullman and one should never take that for granted.



Free Throw Shooting: The Cougars finished 6-20 from the line in the second half. The Dawgs were 15-19 during that span and finished 17-24. Those nine points in the final twenty minutes decided the game. The Huskies received a large boost from freshman Tony Wroten, who went 9-12 from the stripe. C.J. Wilcox iced it for UW with two huge free throws to put the Dawgs up 4 with under ten seconds to play.

Tony Wroten: Name me one player that can get score in the paint like this kid. Every team gives him the Rondo treatment, yet he still manages to put up 15+ points night in and night out. Wroten successfully put the team on his back tonight with Terrence Ross being limited to just 21 minutes because of foul trouble. The freshman phenom finished with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.

C.J. Wilcox: CJ was incredibly effective off the bench tonight with 16 points on just nine shots. The Cougars were in position to steal all momentum early in the first half before Wilcox hit two threes to tie it 14 apiece. Wilcox was forced to play 33 minutes, his most since returning from his injury, because of foul trouble and did so perfectly, clinching the game with two clutch free throws.

Road Perseverance: The Huskies found themselves down 12 in an extremely hostile road environment and found a way to win. The maturity of this team throughout the season has been stunning. No way UW pulls this one off in December.



Rebounding: The Dawgs were killed by Washington State’s offensive rebounds. The Cougars outrebounded UW 42-35 while collecting 12 offensive rebounds. There were multiple possessions where WSU players had completely wide-open offensive rebounds and putbacks.

Terrence Ross: T-Ross was a non-factor tonight, picking up just 2 points in his 21 minutes of play before fouling out. He was certainly a victim of multiple 50-50 calls, but that does not explain his non-impact. His presence on the floor was important for Wilcox to get open looks, but he did nothing besides that. The fouls certainly toned down his aggressiveness and made him look like the tentative Ross that all Husky fans never want to see again.

Ball Movement: Washington found themselves down twelve in the second half because of zero offensive production. The Huskies scored just four points in the first eight minutes of the second half. Romar’s squad went back to their bad habits of moving the ball around the perimeter with no purpose. It showed how important Terrence Ross is to this team, as without him on the floor all of the penetrating falls on Wroten.


Finishing Thoughts

Washington was extremely lucky to sneak away with a win in this one. UW fell behind twelve with 13 minutes left and I was ready to give up hope. Husky Nation should try to block out the first 27 minutes of this game from their memory. Wazzu is definitely a team that UW should not want to face in the first round of the Pac-12 tourney, as they find a way to make the Huskies play horrendous basketball. California faces a tall task in taking on Colorado in Boulder tomorrow as the race for the regular-season conference championship comes to a close. Go Buffaloes!


Amari Cooper not a fan of New Orleans, thinks it smells

WATCH: Jennifer Lawrence does Louisville chant at game

WATCH: Did Bret Bielema do ‘Horns Down’ gesture?

Devils unveil unique coaching by committee situation

Report: 49ers expect Jim Harbaugh to take Michigan job

Report: Johnny Manziel fined for being late to treatment


Duke Johnson's mother says son will enter NFL Draft

Starlin Castro questioned following nightclub shooting

Report: Jeff Driskel thinking about transfer to Duke

Browns suspend Josh Gordon for final game of season

Report: Rex Ryan has already cleaned out his office

Clint Trickett retires due to concussions, hid two

Report: Jim Harbaugh to Michigan is done deal

WATCH: Frank Beamer busts a move after bowl win

Bears could clean house after season

Nebraska chancellor booed by Huskers players?

WATCH: Rory McIlroy trolled by 'Sweet Caroline' song

Auburn, Wisconsin players literally ate tons of food

Did Kobe Bryant respond to heckler with the rings count?

Doug Fister bought Starbucks for his Twitter followers

DeMarco Murray dumped over cheating accusations?

Video: Rudy Gay tosses half-court alley-oop to McLemore

WATCH: Craig Sager is touched by outpouring of support during leukemia fight

Hiroki Kuroda returns to Japan, ditches Yankees

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Amari Cooper not a fan of New Orleans

Harbaugh to Mich. is done deal

WATCH: Jennifer Lawrence supports Louisville with chant

Did Bielema do ‘Horns Down’?

WATCH: Beamer busts a move

Bears could clean house after season

Nebraska chancellor booed by players?

Johnny Manziel fined by Browns

Castro questioned after shooting

Rory McIlroy trolled with 'Sweet Caroline'

Browns suspend Josh Gordon

Kobe gives heckler the rings count?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.