But WSU also displayed consistency in an area that often has been lacking in its losses: free-throw shooting. After the Cougars led by as many as 21 points in the second half, UW, which lost at home for the first time this season, went on a 16-4 run to cut its deficit to 65-59 with 4 minutes, 6 seconds, remaining. WSU sophomore point guard Reggie Moore then responded by hitting a pair of free throws that started a 6-0 run that kept the Cougars' lead in double figures for the duration of the contest.
"I thought our team showed great poise in the clutch," WSU junior center DeAngelo Casto said in a postgame radio interview after his team converted 32 of 36 free throws. He was a career-best 8-of-8 from the line.
CASTO DELIVERS AGAIN.
"This year we didn't want to come out flat," Casto said. "We want to come out strong and aggressive."
The Cougars accomplished that in a much different fashion than the first half. Despite shooting just 32 percent at the intermission, WSU still led as the Huskies were just 22 percent from the field.
"A lot of our shots weren't going in early, but we played great defense," Casto said.
BONE SAID HE did not want to get into an uptempo game against UW, but that is exactly what happened in the second half. And the Cougars were successful through their free-throw shooting and another method that has been present in their wins: sharing the ball. WSU had nine assists and drew 26 fouls.
The result was a productive inside-outside offense. Casto finished with 20 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Junior wing Klay Thompson converted 13 of 14 free throws en route to a game-high 26 points.
Bone particularly was impressed with Casto.
"He's really doing a great job," he said. "He's been maybe as consistent as any player on our team during conference play."
CONSISTENCY HAS BEEN a buzz word for the Cougars since Pac-10 started. Bone thinks they displayed more of it this week — UW only led twice — because every player was available for practice. That includes junior guard Faisal Aden, who missed last week's loss at last-place Arizona State because of a knee injury.
LODWICK: 5 REBOUNDS, 7 POINTS.
But the Cougars also followed their last win against the Huskies with a loss at Oregon. Bone maintains that WSU's only NCAA Tournament prospect besides winning the Pac-10 Tournament comes with victories in next week's home games against USC and UCLA and then advancing to the conference tournament championship game.
"We know what's at stake," Bone said. "I think we'll be fine."
CASTO DUNKS FOR TWO OF HIS 20 POINTS SUNDAY.