Washington State 87, Washington 80

Washington State players savor the final moments of the Cougars'upset of No. 18 Washington on Sunday at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman. AP

Foul trouble adds to steep odds, but gritty WSU still surprises 18th-ranked Washington

PULLMAN – If anybody on Washington State’s roster was more conscious of what he was facing in No. 18 Washington, it was Seattle’s own Reggie Moore.

With four of the Cougars’ eight-man rotation locked to the bench, it was Moore who was able to evade foul trouble in an 87-80 upset of the prohibitive league-favorite Huskies on Sunday night at Beasley Coliseum.

Moore, who grew up in the Emerald City playing with UW guards Isaiah Thomas and Venoy Overton, manufactured 18 points to go with five assists and was particularly key when mainstays Klay Thompson and DeAngelo Casto were glued to the pine.

The 6-foot-2 guard, whose effort helped WSU end a four-game losing streak to Washington in college hoops’ rendition of the Apple Cup, could attribute it to the old adage of will over skill.

“They have a lot more talent than us,” Moore said. “They have a lot bigs coming off the bench and a lot of guards. We willed this win. This is something we really wanted to do.”

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