Thompson, WSU down Washington

SEATTLE — Somewhere in a week of meetings and assessment, honest accountability and motivational speeches, the same Washington State team that looked lost a week earlier found a needed spark.

The Cougars discovered it just in time to stun their rivals and keep their slim postseason hopes alive.

"There is not a better feeling in basketball than winning in your rivals' gym and seeing their fans file out early," Washington State's Klay Thompson said.

Thompson overcame a sloppy first half to score 26 points, DeAngelo Casto added 20 on the inside and Washington State completed the season sweep of Washington with an 80-69 victory Sunday night.

Thompson came up big against the Huskies for the second time after scoring 25 in an 87-80 win last month in Pullman that started Washington on a costly three-game skid.

Now it was the Cougars (18-10, 8-8 Pac-10) ending Washington's hopes — however slim — of a Pac-10 regular-season title.

It was equally impressive and stunning for the guys in crimson, who heard their pockets of fans chanting "Let's go, Cougars!" in the final minutes while those in purple quietly filed out. The same Washington State team that had stumbled at last-place Arizona State just eight days earlier became the first road team to win on Washington's home floor in more than a year, snapping the Huskies' 14-game home winning streak.

The Cougars made this one ugly from the start, frustrating the Huskies at the defensive end and holding Washington to 17 points in the first half.

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