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Cougars edge Huskies

Cougars edge Huskies

Washington State head basketball coach Ken Bone, center, talks to his players during a time out during an NCAA college basketball game between Washington and Washington State, Sunday, March 3, 2013, in Seattle. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — D.J. Shelton scored 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds as Washington State beat Washington 72-67 on Saturday, breaking a four-game losing streak.

C.J. Wilcox scored 24 points to lead Washington (13-9, 5-4 Pac-12), which had beaten the Cougars six straight times dating to 2011. The Huskies were done in by 38.9 percent shooting in the second half.

Que Johnson added 15 points for Washington State (9-12, 2-7).

The game marked the return of WSU leading scorer DaVonte Lacy, who missed eight of the past nine games with appendicitis and an unrelated rib injury. He scored 10 points, well below his average of 17.7 points, but was most effective in the late going.

Washington State has struggled to score without Lacy as the Cougars are last in the Pac-12 in points per game (62) and field goal percentage (.413).

After a nip-and-tuck first half, the Huskies scored seven unanswered points in the opening minutes of the second for a 34-27 lead, largest of the game. Wilcox had a 3-pointer and layup in that run.

Wilcox hit a 3-pointer to push UW’s lead to 42-34.

Washington State fought back with a 12-0 run and took a 46-42 lead with 8:47 left on a 3-pointer that was Lacy’s first field goal of the game. Johnson followed with a pair of 3-pointers to push the WSU lead to 52-45.

Baskets by Royce Woolridge and Johnson gave WSU a 56-45 lead with 5 minutes left.

Freshman Nigel Williams-Goss sank a 3-pointer that brought Washington within 59-52 with 2:28 left.

Lacy replied with a 3-pointer for WSU and the Huskies began to foul.

But the Cougars missed three of four late free throws and Williams-Goss hit another 3-pointer to bring UW within 67-63 with 38 seconds left.

Wilcox hit a 3-pointer with 22 seconds left to bring Washington within 70-66. Dexter Kernich-Drew responded by hitting one of two free throws for a 5-point WSU lead.

Perris Blackwell, who had 13 points and 10 rebounds, hit one of two free throws to bring UW within four points. He missed the second and Shelton rebounded and was fouled. He made his first free throw with 6 seconds left but missed his second. The Huskies rebounded but were not able to score as time expired.

The first half was close with 12 lead changes. Shelton scored eight points early — including two slam dunks and a 3-pointer — as Washington State held a 14-13 advantage.

Blackwell completed a 3-point play, breaking a 4-minute UW drought, as the Huskies tied the score at 18 with 8:15 left in the first.

The teams traded baskets the rest of the half. A pair of free throws by C.J. Wilcox with a minute left lifted the Huskies to a 27-25 halftime lead.

This marked the 278th meeting between Washington State and Washington, with the Huskies leading the series, 177-101.

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