Balanced Huskies blow out Cougars


SEATTLE — DaVonte Lacy did everything he could to keep Washington State in contention. The Cougars sharpshooter buried shots from every spot on the floor.

However, Washington countered the one-man scoring barrage with a balanced offensive attack led by guards Nigel Williams-Goss and Andrew Andrews, who led the Huskies to a 72-49 victory on Friday night in front of 7,647 at Alaska Airlines Arena.

Williams-Goss notched his second straight double -double with 17 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Andrews notched 16 points and nine rebounds. Both players had four assists and two steals as Washington improved to 16-13, 8-8 in Pac-12.

Meanwhile, Lacy scored a game-high 25 points. No other WSU player had more than seven. D.J. Shelton had 15 rebounds for Washington State, which lost its seventh straight game and fell to 9-19, 2-14.

After Lacy’s three-pointer cut Washington’s lead to 53-44 with 13:04 left, Williams-Goss stole a pass and flushed a dunk. The basket began a 9-0 spurt.

Darin Johnson capped the spurt when he stole the ball from Lacy. Mike Anderson recovered the loose ball and threw a long pass down court to Johnson, who finished the sequence with a two-hand dunk that brought the crowd to its feet.

The basket put Washington up 62-44 with 8:44 left.

The Huskies were never threatened again and stretched their lead to 25 points in the final few minutes.

Early on it became apparent why Washington State entered the game ranked last in the Pac-12 in scoring average (62.3) and field goal percentage (.406).

The Cougars relied heavily on Lacy, the 6-4 shooting guard from Tacoma’s Curtis High. He scored 11 of WSU’s 24 first half points.

Lacy was 4 of 7 from the field before the break while the other Cougars were a combined 5 of 16.

Que Johnson was the only other Cougar with more than one basket before the break.

Meanwhile, UW’s offense hummed along smoothly even though leading scorer C.J. Wilcox got off to a slow start. He finished with eight points. Perris Blackwell scored 10 off the bench.

 

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