UW Vs. WSU: Monster Second Half From Terrence Ross Leads Huskies Past Cougars

Will the Washington Huskies or the Washington State Cougars get back on track in their first Apple Cup basketball matchup in Seattle?

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Terrence Ross' Monster Second Half Leads Washington Over Cougars, 75-65

Terrence Ross could not be stopped.

The sophomore guard scored 30 points and hauled down 14 rebounds (both career-highs) to lead the Washington Huskies over the Washington State Cougars in Saturday's Apple Cup basketball game at Alaska Airlines Arena on Saturday.

After being down by nine points at halftime, the Huskies ripped off a 26-8 run after head coach Lorenzo Romar was charged with a technical foul. The Huskies took the lead for the first time since the opening minutes after Tony Wroten jumped Washington State's passing lanes for a steal and then assisted a Darnell Gant dunk on the other end.

The dunk gave the Huskies a 50-49 lead, and the Huskies didn't look back in the game's final nine minutes. After a sluggish first-half offensive performance against the Cougars' 2-3 zone, Washington's offense came alive. The Cougars couldn't find an answer for Ross, who scored ten straight points for the Huskies in a span of two minutes in the second half. The sound level at Hec Ed reached a crescendo after Ross elevated for an alley-oop posterizing dunk over Cougar guard Marcus Capers.

Washington benefited from its strong performance on the boards, the Huskies out-rebounded the Cougars 44-22 and hauled down 18 offensive rebounds to the Cougars' 3.

During Washington's second-half run, from the 10:30 mark to the 4:30 mark, the Cougars did not convert a field goal, getting only four points from two pairs of free throws by Reggie Moore and Faisal Aden. Aden came off the bench and led the Cougars with 18 points. Forward Brock Motum added 17 points of his own, but only scored 4 in the second half.

For more on the Huskies and the Cougars, head on over to UW Dawg Pound and CougCenter.

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Washington Vs. Washington St. Score: Cougs Lead At Halftime, 31-25

Ken Bone's Washington St. Cougars are currently beating the Washington Huskies on the road after one half of play. Despite seven turnovers, the Cougars are playing confident and knocking down shots. Forward Brock Motum is leading the Cougars with 13 points on 5-for-5 shooting. If Washington St. can get a scoreless Reggie Moore going on offense, they could run away with this game.

Washington is without shooting guard C.J Wilcox and is struggling to produce offense without their second-leading scorer. The Huskies seem out-of-sync on offense with a handful of players taking tough, contested shots instead of the team working together to get open shots.

The Cougars' 2-3 zone will be a topic of conversation during half-time in the Huskies' locker room. At one point the Huskies had missed seven shots in a row in a span of two-and-a-half minutes. The Cougars are also sagging off of Tony Wroten, daring him to shoot jumpshots — Wroten is a below-average jump-shooter but is hard to stop when he penetrates. The freshman guard is leading the Huskies with 7 points but is 2-for-8 from the field.

For more on the Huskies, head on over to UW Dawg Pound. For more on the Cougars, head over to Coug Center.

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C.J. Wilcox Injury: Stress-Related Hip Injury Keeping Sharp Shooter Out

Washington Huskies shooting guard C.J Wilcox is sitting out in Sunday's match-up against the Washington State Cougars because of a stress-related hip injury according to Washington basketball's official twitter account.

The Huskies offense will need to find a way to replace Wilcox's 15.5 points per game. Wilcox is regularly a headache for opposing coaches because of his long-range shooting ability. He is shooting 44.0 percent from three, and has made 44 from beyond the arc — leading the Pac-12 in three-point field goals made.

In a pre-game interview, Huskies Head Coach Romar said freshman point guard HIkeem Stewart will see increased playing time as a result of Wilcox's absence.

Wilcox was seen limping during warmups prior to Sunday's tipoff:

Wilcox is limping a little during warm ups (Via: Ryan Divish/Tacoma News Tribune)

C.J. Wilcox, who has been dealing with hip issues for about three weeks, isn't warming up as intensely as usual.

(Via: CBSSportsWash)
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