Husky Heartbreaker: Huskies make buzzer shot to seal victory over Cougs


WSU sophomore guard Ike Iroegbu jumps for a lay-up against UW in Beasley Coliseum, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015.

The intensity of the game was high from the beginning as Beasley Coliseum was rocking with hopes that WSU would defeat its rival Washington for the second time this season. However, junior guard Andrew Andrews decided to take the game into his own hands, hitting the game-winning three-pointer with 2.7 seconds remaining, silencing the crowd, and winning the game for the Huskies, 87-84.

Senior guard DaVonté Lacy said there wasn’t anything more Cougars could have done to defend Andrews’.

“It was a contested 25-footer and it was just a really good shot, hit nothing but net,” Lacy said. “Ike (Iroegbu) couldn’t have contested it any more better without fouling him so he did his job, it’s just better help (defense).”

For the Huskies (15-11, 4-10 in Pac-12), Andrews finished with 35 points and hit six of his 12 three-point attempts, many of them coming from NBA range. Sophomore guard Nigel Williams-Goss had another outstanding game against WSU (11-5, 5-9). Williams-Goss scored 20 points and dished out six assists while only turning the ball over once. The Huskies shot 50 percent from the field for the game.

Lacy, sophomore forward Josh Hawkinson and sophomore guard Que Johnson led WSU. Lacy led the team with 23 points while Hawkinson secured his 16th double-double of the season with 17 points and 14 rebounds, one short of the school record for a single-season. Johnson added 18 points on 4-5 shooting and hit all seven of his free throw attempts. The Cougars as a whole shot 55 percent from the field and 66 percent from three-point range.

The game began with the Huskies jumping out to an early 13-8 lead, but the Cougars got hot with consecutive three pointers from Lacy and senior forward Dexter Kernich-Drew. The Cougars jumped ahead 14-13 with 14:40 left in the first half and they didn’t look back, heading into halftime with a 41-37 lead.

Lacy led the team with 11 points while Hawkinson had nine points and eight rebounds entering the break. The Cougars were hot from three-point land going 6-8 for 75 percent shooting from downtown. WSU also won the rebound battle in the first half 20-14, which led to its seven second chance points. The Cougars shot 50 percent from the field for the half and hit nine out of their 13 free throw attempts.

Williams-Goss and Andrews led the Huskies with 13 points each. Andrews was 3-7 from three-point range, including two deep threes. Washington couldn’t figure out the Cougar zone in the middle of the half, not making a field goal for almost nine minutes at one point. The Huskies finished the half shooting 43 percent from the floor and 27 percent from downtown. Kent said the stretch where the Cougars didn’t allow the Huskies to hit a field goal was a missed opportunity.

“I thought where the game was lost for us was in the first half,” Kent said. “Where we had a chance to take a team (UW) that had lost seven games and put them down in a game in double figures and get rolling on them and we did not do that. We let them back in the game by some poor defensive stances and really giving them a chance to hit a couple big threes on us that gave them the momentum right back to come and close out the half when we had a chance I thought to really put some pressure on them.”

WSU came out on fire in the second half, hitting its first-seven shots. However, the Cougs committed five turnovers in the first 10 minutes leading to seven points for the Huskies and allowing them to stay in the game. The Cougars turned it over 12 times total in the game, resulting in 24 points for the Huskies.

The Huskies led by five with less than four minutes to go, but Lacy hit a big three to cut the deficit to three. The Cougars led 82-81 with just less than a minute to play when Andrews hit another deep three to give the Huskies an 84-82 lead. Johnson was then fouled on the inbounds play and hit both free throws to even the game at 84 with 36.7 seconds left. However, Andrews hit the big three and the Huskies won 87-84.

Hawkinson said the fact it was a rivalry game makes the loss sting even more.

“I mean, any game where you lose like that on a buzzer beater it hurts,” Hawkinson said. “It’s going to hurt especially a lot more when it’s your rival.”

The Cougars will turn around and resume action Wednesday night as they head out to southern California to take on the USC Trojans. The game will be played at 7 p.m. and can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks.