Pac-12: Suggs cranks up intensity in Huskies' win over WSU

2013-03-04T00:00:00Z Pac-12: Suggs cranks up intensity in Huskies' win over WSUThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 04, 2013 12:00 am  • 

SEATTLE - During its last road trip, Washington coach Lorenzo Romar pulled aside Scott Suggs for a chat.

Romar's message was simple: play with more intensity and focus on getting involved defensively and the scoring will take care of itself.

Suggs' response the past two games is exactly what Romar hoped to see and is giving Washington a bit of optimism that they may just be able to get on somewhat of a roll before the Pac-12 tournament.

"Whatever was the case, he's doing a much better job of it," Romar said.

Suggs hit a tiebreaking three-pointer with 4 minutes remaining and finished with 23 points, and Washington beat rival Washington State 72-68 on Sunday, handing the Cougars their ninth straight loss.

Suggs' three from the top of the key snapped a 57-all tie. It was his fifth three-pointer, tying his career high, and he added four more free throws as the Huskies (16-13, 8-8) pulled away in the final minutes.

Washington won consecutive games for the first time since early January when the Huskies started conference play 4-0 before losing eight of nine, and won their fifth straight over the Cougars.

C.J. Wilcox also scored 23 for Washington, the first time this season the Huskies had two players top the 20-point mark in the same game. Suggs has 39 points in the past two games including 16 last week in a win at Arizona State.

"We just talked about playing with more intensity. That was the biggest thing," Suggs said. "Sometimes it might not look like I'm trying, but I'm trying always. I'm just trying that much harder I guess, trying to make a play aggressively."

Brock Motum and Royce Woolridge led Washington State (11-18, 2-14) with 18 points each.

• Stanford 84, Utah 66: In Stanford, Calif., Chasson Randle scored 22 points and matched his career high with six assists, and Stanford snapped a three-game home losing streak.

Dwight Powell added 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists while Gabriel Harris had a career-high 14 points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Cardinal. Stanford (17-13, 8-9) led by as many as 22 points, using a big run in the second to pull away.

Jarred DuBois had 22 points for Utah (11-17, 3-13).


• No. 19 Colorado 66, Oregon St. 63, OT: In Corvallis, Ore., Chucky Jeffery scored 25 points and Colorado rallied to win its ninth straight game.

The Buffaloes (24-5, 13-5) trailed by 16 points in the first half, and by 10 with 11:46 to play. But Jeffery's three-pointer began a 15-2 run that saw Colorado take the lead for the first time.

• USC 67, Arizona St. 60: In Tempe, Cassie Harberts had 12 points and 10 rebounds as USC (10-19, 7-11) won in the teams' Pac-12 regular-season finale.

The Trojans never trailed and led 34-23 at halftime, but the Sun Devils (13-17, 5-13) closed within four points four times in the second half, the last with 19 seconds remaining.

• Utah 70, Oregon 52: In Eugene, Ore., Taryn Wicijowski scored 18 points and Iwalani Rodrigues scored 17 to lead Utah.

Wicijowski grabbed nine rebounds and Rodrigues added eight boards for the Utes (17-12, 8-10). Michelle Plouffe added 13 points.

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