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.
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