WSU's 7-game win streak over UW on line

SEVEN IS NOT ENOUGH. That will be the prevailing thought inside Friel Court Saturday as Washington State goes for its eighth-straight win against Washington in the Pac-10 opener for both schools. The streak began three seasons ago, when the Cougars knocked off the then-No. 10 ranked Huskies in Seattle.

Washington State 78, Washington 71
Jan. 8, 2006

Josh Akognon scored a career high 27 points for Dick Bennett's Cougars, none bigger than his trey that broke the tie with 16 ticks remaining on the clock.A young Kyle Weaver has his own career high of 19 points and was a defensive force. Derrick Low had just broken his foot and the game was the first the Cougs had played without him. Akognon picked up the slack, hitting 6-of-10 behind the line. "They were a tougher - mentally tougher - team than we were," said Washington coach Lorenzo Romar. Bennett tipped an imaginary hat to the Husky student section before the start of the game -- the year prior in Seattle, heckling UW fans caused the WSU coach to give the unruly mob a one-finger salute.

Washington State 77, Washington 64
Feb. 4, 2006

Washington State overwhelmed the No. 16 Huskies in the second half, starting the final 20 minutes with an 11-0 run to take a 41-35 lead. WSU outrebounded Washington 39-33 and Aron Baynes was the big reason why inside, he scored 13 points and pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds -- 10 in the second half. Ivory Clark scored 10 points and had three blocks, each one pumping up the Pullman crowd of 8,770 screaming fans -- at the time, the largest crowd at Friel in 10 years. Wazzu's defensive pressure and forced turnovers frustrated the Huskies, while Josh Akognon poured in 14 points for the Cougs who climbed above the .500 mark at 10-9 with the victory. "Aron Baynes' presence was the single biggest factor in the second half," Bennett said. "Baynes was our steady rebounder and I though Ivory gave us steady defense."

Washington State 75, Washington 47
Jan. 20, 2007

Washington came in averaging 83.4 points per game while Washington State was allowing 58 ppg on defense. Advantage Cougs. The Cougs pummeled Washington on both ends of the court and the Huskies' high powered offense went clank in front of the biggest Cougar home crowd (11,618) in 24 years. Kyle Weaver scored 17 points, making 7-of-8 shots and pulled down 8 rebounds. Ivory Clark had 10 points, Derrick Low added another nine for WSU, who shot 53 percent for the game. The Cougars settled the matter early, going on a 15-0 run, with five different players scoring, for a 32-12 lead. The UW was held scoreless for nearly 9 minutes in the first half. After Washington cut it to 11 at the half, Wazzu opened the second half with a 21-4 run. It was Washington State's biggest margin of victory ever over Washington, topping a 24 point win in 1994.

Washington State 65, Washington 61
Feb. 15, 2007

The No. 10 ranked Cougars fell battled back in the second half to stamp out any thoughts of a Husky upset. The Cougars led 40-32 at halftime but Washington took the lead 58-57 on a driving layup by Spencer Hawes with 5:33 left on the clock. Taylor Rochestie scored a season-high 16 and Derrick Low hit two free throws with 16.7 seconds left to help the poised Cougars win a close game down the stretch. Picked to finish in last place in the Pac-10 preseason media poll, Washington State moved to 22-4 on the year. Ivory Clark had 10 points, including three rim rattling dunks. "I think they're better than number 10," Washington's Jon Brockman said. "Washington State is a well oiled machine," UW coach Lorenzo Romar added. "They capitalize on every mistake that you make."

Washington State 74, Washington 64
March 9, 2007

In their third meeting of the year, this one coming in the Pac-10 Tournament, Washington State pulled away down the stretch as Taylor Rochestie scored 20 points, including 11 over the final 6 1/2 minutes. The Cougars' 25th win tied the mark for the second most in school history. Derrick Low added 15 points, Robbie Cowgill 14 and Kyle Weaver 13 for Washington State which beat its in-state rival for the fifth straight game, including three this season. Washington State never trailed after snapping a 56-all tie with 6 1/2 minutes remaining. The Cougars closed out the game with an 18-8 run, including hitting 13-of-16 from the line. The Huskies had 14 turnovers and shot 39 percent from the floor in the second half. "They just kept grinding, kept defending, working their stuff," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. "It's hard to get them to turn the ball over."

Washington State 56, Washington 52
Jan. 5, 2008

In a physical, grind it out game, Aron Baynes scored 16 points, Daven Harmeling hit two key 3-pointers off the bench in the second half, Kyle Weaver added 13 and the No. 4 Cougars dropped a curtain of crimson D over the Huskies in the final minutes to secure their sixth straight over the cross state rival. Trailing 48-45, Washington State (13-0) scored 11 of the final 15 points, flustering and confusing the Huskies into challenged shots and turnovers. Washington came in riding a 5-game winning streak but the Cougars took control staring with Baynes' dunking three-point play that tied the game at 48-all. Derrick Low added a trey and Taylor Rochestie hit a runner from just outside the lane to give the Cougars a 53-48 lead. Washington had opportunities to tie or take the lead in the closing moments but the Cougs swatted two Ryan Appleby shots -- a 3-point attempt and a would-be layup. Jon Brockman tried a jumper to tie it but Baynes forced the shot to come up short. "We felt Jon could get around Baynes ... but Baynes did a good job," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said.

Washington State 76, Washington 73, 2OT
March 8, 2008

In a wild one, Taylor Rochestie scored 16 points, Kyle Weaver added 20 and Washington State moved to 23-7 on the year. The game was close throughout although the Huskies used a 14-6 run late in the second half to take a 58-54 lead with 1:41 left. Washington State scored the next four points but missed a free throw that would have given them the lead. Kyle Weaver stole the ball in the closing seconds but a runner as time expired hit the rim and the game went to overtime. The UW held the edge in the first overtime but every time they opened the gap, Rochestie drilled a three to tie it. Washington State then scored the first four points in the second overtime, fueled by a three-point play by Aron Baynes, and Washington State eventually pushed the lead to six, and the Huskies never got closer than three points the rest of the way.

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