Cougars upset Huskies

Josh Akognon had the game of his life, pouring in 27 and Kyle Weaver added 19 as the Washington State Cougars shocked the Huskies 78-71 tonight at Bank of America Arena in front of a sell out crowd. Washington State was able to overcome terrible shooting early on and exposed Washington for being one-dimensional on offense. If it weren't for Brandon Roy, the Husky offense would've been nonexistent.

FIRST HALF: Brandon Roy made a 6-footer in the first minute, and then a steal and a Jamaal Williams lay in for a 4-0 lead. A three-point play by Roy made it 7-2. A Justin Dentmon 15-footer pushed the lead to 9-2. By the first time out WSU had missed three lay-in attempts and Washington led 10-2. After the time out, Roy drained a trey and it was an 11-point deficit. WSU finally got off the snide, getting a three pointer from Josh Akognon stopped the bleeding for the Cougars.

At the 12:30 mark, WSU had climbed to within five at 14-9.

Four straight Williams points pushed it back to 18-9. A Brockman free throw followed by a Brandon Roy steal and lightning jam put he Huskies up by 12.

By the 7:00 mark in the half, Roy had not missed a shot and had 16 points. It looked like it would be smooth sailing for the home team.

The lead got to be as high as 14, but WSU kept within striking distance thanks to Husky turnovers. Washington only scored four points in the final six minutes of the half. Akognon and Kyle Weaver also heated up for the Cougars, scoring from inside and out.

A put back by Caleb Forrest cut the Husky lead to six and a Dentmon turnover led to a Robbie Cowgill lay in to make it 33-29. A Weaver rejection of a Brockman lay in provided the Cougars with another chance before half, and Forrest was able to hit two free throws to give the Cougars eight unanswered points to end the half and cut the Husky lead to two at 33-31.
SECOND HALF: WSU took the lead with six straight points, as Washington continued to be plagued offensively in the first three minutes as Romar called time out. Justin Dentmon ended the horrible drought with a three pointer, putting a halt to a 15-0 WSU run.

Two Brandon Roy free throws and a Jenson 17-footer put the Huskies back on top at 40-39 at the 16:00 mark. A shaky call that led to the fourth foul on Brandon Roy drew the ire of Lorenzo Romar, who was whistled for a technical foul.

Back to back threes by Brandon Burmeister and Mike Jensen put Washington back on top by four. Jon Brockman had the opportunity to increase it but missed both free throws.

Burmeister nailed another trey to make it 49-44 Washington at the 12:00 mark.

WSU came roaring back as the Huskies continued to look out of sync on the offensive end. A driving Kyle Weaver lay in began the Cougar run, and tied the game at 50.

A long Akognon three pointer pushed the visitors out in front 55-52, as Washington turned the ball over once again. A Forrest baseline jumper, followed by a rebound of an Appleby miss and an Akognon lay in (who had easily beaten the lethargic Husky defense down the floor) made it 59-52 and Washington was on the ropes.

An Akognon trey put the Dawgs down 10 and the Huskies looked absolutely done with 6:08 left.

After missing 11 of their first 15 shots, the Cougars had turned the tables, hitting 66% of their shots from that point on, while Washington struggled against WSU's tough half court defense.

Washington finally climbed back into the game with nine straight points, fueled by Roy and Bobby Jones, who had a big steal. A Jensen three would've cut the WSU lead to two, but it clanged off long, and WSU got up the floor for an easy jam to push it to 71-66 as the clock ticked under 2:00.

Dentmon hit two free throws at the 1:45 mark, and then stole the ball from Akognan. He saved it into Jones, who drew a foul. Bobby made one of two, and after a Cougar turnover, Roy drove the lane and drew a foul. Roy made both free throws to tie the game at 71 all with 55 seconds left to complete a 14-2 Husky run.

Roy nearly stole the ball with 33 seconds left, but WSU retained possession. Akognon missed a driving shot, but rebounded his own miss. After three passes, he got the ball back and drained a long three with 18 seconds left.

At the other end Brandon Roy was called for an offensive foul, departing the game with 12.3 seconds left.

Akognon and Cowgill made free throws in the final seconds to provide the final scoring.

The game marked the first time WSU has won in Hec-Ed since 1994.

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