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February 26, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Video: UW highlights over WSU

Thanks to Patrick Blair for highlights from Washington’s 59-55 win over Washington State.
Apologies for the late recap. We’ll use this space to wrap up the Huskies’ big win and examine what occurred around the Pac-12 on Saturday.
Here’s a look at the teams still contending for a conference championship and the games remaining.
California …………….. 13-3 (23-6) ….. Colorado and Stanford
Washington …………. 13-3 (20-8) ….. USC and UCLA
Arizona ……………….. 12-5 (21-9) ….. Arizona State
Colorado …………….. 10-5 (18-9) …..California, Oregon and Oregon State
Oregon ………………. 10-5 (19-8) ….. Oregon State, Colorado and Utah
Home games in bold
Notes: Washington secured a first-round bye in Pac-12 Tournament. The Huskies will finish no worse than fourth in the conference standings.
— A Cal victory would eliminate Colorado, Oregon and Arizona from the regular-season title chase.
California at Colorado, 2:30 p.m. (FSN)
Oregon at Oregon State (15-12, 5-10), 4:30 p.m. (FSN)
Times PST

Gritty, gutty effort by the Huskies. Tony Wroten Jr. (near right) put it best last week when he said: “We got so many weapons. You can’t stop all of us.” Washington proved it tonight. Terrence Ross (two points and 1-for-5 shooting) had an off night due to foul troubles and bad shooting, but Wroten (21 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals and four turnovers) and C.J. Wilcox (16 points, four three-pointers, five rebounds) picked up the slack and Abdul Gaddy (10 points, four assists, three turnovers and two steals) made some timely baskets near the end. The three guards led the way to an impressive comeback victory. The Huskies trailed by 13 points with fewer than 13 minutes left, but they never quit and took advantage of WSU’s horrendous 6 for 20 performance at the line in the second half.
Aziz N’Diaye fouled out in 21 minutes, but he gave the Huskies seven points and seven rebounds before leaving. Darnell Gant also provided a big emotional boost as well as four offensive rebounds – seven total – during a career-high 38-minute performance.
Remember when the Huskies were derided because it couldn’t make free throws? Well, they connected on 10 of their last 12 and shot 70.8 percent (17 of 24) from the charity stripe. Wroten was 9 of 12.
Give Washington credit for being able to win an ugly game. The Huskies were outrebounded 42-35 and they connected on just 4 of 17 three-pointers. But this game was a lot like the 57-53 win at Utah on Jan. 7. Washington isn’t good enough to crush inferior teams on the road, but the Huskies are good enough to win its fourth straight game. The win also gave UW 20 wins, which is the first time in school history the Huskies have reached 20 wins in fourth straight years.
Bud Withers examines WSU coach Ken Bone’s decision to rely on deep reserve Patrick Simon to take a potential game winning three-pointer in the final seconds. Bone said: “That could have been as easily my fault. A guy sits that long … that’s a lot of pressure on a kid. I said, ‘If you’re open, bury it.’ I think I’d do the same thing (again), and I think our teammates would trust he’d make the shot, because he does that so often.”
— Here’s the game stories from the News Tribune, Spokesman-Review and
— And here’s the WSU highlights from the game.
— Utah pulled off the stunner of the night and upset Stanford 58-57 to snap an eight-game losing streak. It was the third conference win for the Utes (6-13, 3-13) . Chris Hines scored 19 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 27 seconds left.
— Just when it seemed Stanford had momentum after a big win Thursday at Colorado, the Cardinal lay an egg. Chasson Randle led Stanford (19-10, 9-8) with 19 points, including five 3-pointers. But maybe it shouldn’t be that big of surprise considering Utah nearly won at Stanford. In the first game the Cardinal pulled out a 68-65 win.
— What’s gotten into Kyle Fogg lately? After recording the first double double of his career Thursday, the Arizona senior guard poured in 20 points and collected nine rebounds to lead the Wildcats to a 65-63 win over UCLA. Unless something dramatic happens Sunday, Fogg may win his second Pac-12 Player of the Week award on Monday.
— UCLA (16-13, 9-7) had a chance to tied the game in the final 23 seconds, but Jerime Anderson’s jumper at the buzzer sailed long. He had 20 points.
— Two of the worst teams carried long losing streaks into the clash so something had to give. Jordan Bachynski had 19 points, one shy of his career high, and nine rebounds while Chris Colvin converted a traditional three-point play with 19 seconds the helped Arizona State to a 56-52 win over USC. The Sun Devils (9-20, 5-12) snapped a four-game losing streak.
— Utah’s win gives USC the longest active losing streak in the conference. The Trojans (6-23, 1-15) have lost seven straight. Byron Wesley scored a career-high 22 points.
— It’s a homecoming of sorts for Cal’s Jorge Gutierrez who returns to Colorado for a pivotal game against the Buffaloes today. He starred at Denver’s Lincoln High where he became a local legend at the inner-city school where the student body is 97 percent Hispanic.
— Oregon believes it needs to win its final three regular-season games to preserve any hope of earning a NCAA tournament at-large berth.
Photo credit: AP Photo – Dean Hare

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