72-70 was the final in Pullman last night, as the University of Washington swept the Washington State Cougars in play for this year.
Things got way out of hand early on for the Huskies. The Cougars dominated the first half and lead by at most 14. Washington struggled to hit shots when they needed to and failed to capitalize on turnovers. At the end of the first half, WSU had a commanding 45-36 lead and had the Huskies backs against the wall. It looked like a possible second straight PAC-12 loss for Washington.
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Marvin Cannon came out and put a scoring parade on Washington in the first half. He put up 17 of the teams 45 points in the first half.
The Huskies though came out in the second half growling and hungry to take back the lead and keep it.
Both Jaylen Nowell and Noah Dickerson made it happen. Sitting on the bench for most of the first half, Nowell led the way for the Dawgs by scoring time-after-time. Dickerson provided the other half of Washington’s comeback by snagging 10 rebounds and scoring 18 points.
Nowell scored 20 points in the win, including a three-point play in the second half that helped secure the Huskies 20th win of the year and 11th in PAC-12 play. This win makes Washington’s chances of getting into the March Madness tournament a little bit easier. The Huskies still need a few more wins under their belt before March Madness can be discussed. But things are looking good.
Saturday marked the 4th straight win against the Cougars for the Dawgs. It also was the second straight sweep of the Apple Cup series for them.
The next challenge for Washington will be against Utah on Wednesday. The game will be broadcast on FS1 at 11 EST. With a win in Seattle, the Dawgs will move another inch closer to locking down the PAC-12 title.