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11/29/2022   Seattle PI Huskies

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Terrance Thompson scored a career-high 15 points to lead SIU Edwardsville 89-54 on Tuesday night for its fifth straight win.

Ray'Sean Taylor added 13 points, Lamar Wright 12 and Damarco Minor 10 for the Cougars (6-2).

Amarey Wills scored 10 points to lead the Fighting Bees.

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11/29/2022   Seattle PI Huskies

HOUSTON (AP) — Marcus Sasser scored 25 points, Tramon Mark added 16 points and No. 1 Houston routed Norfolk State 100-52 in the Cougars’ first game as the top-ranked team in nearly 40 years Tuesday night.

Houston, which was playing as the No. 1 team for the first time since March 14, 1983, donned its 1960s throwback uniforms. The Cougars played their first regular season home game ranked No. 1 since March 2, 1968.

Sasser finished 7-of-12 on 3-pointers, rebounding nicely after making only one of 10 from behind the arc in Houston’s win over Kent State on Saturday.

“He just needed to see one go in,” Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said. “Once he saw one go in, he saw another go in, and I said ‘They’re in trouble’. His shot selection tonight was unbelievable.”

Houston (7-0) was 17 of 33 on 3-pointers, including going 10 of 18 in the first half against Norfolk State.

Jamal Shead finished with 12 points and 11 assists, J’Wan Roberts had 10 points and Ja’Vier Francis had 11 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Houston had four players in double-figures scoring in the first half as they built a 54-20 halftime lead.

The Cougars shot 58% for the game, including 63% in the first half. Houston forced 16 turnovers, which they turned into 30 points.

“Our defense is always ahead of our offense early in the season,” Sampson said. “I never worry about our offense because I knew that once I started working on things like tonight, as soon as they popped into that zone, we were crisp. We knew exactly where the ball was going. The ball moved. We got inside out. The ball got reversed. We made extra passes.”

Kris Bankston scored 14 points and Cahiem Brown added scored 11 points for Norfolk State (5-3). The Spartans shot 35%, including...

11/29/2022   Seattle PI Huskies

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Ryan Larson had 17 points in Charleston's 75-60 victory against Old Dominion on Tuesday night.

Larson added seven assists and three steals for the Cougars (7-1). Dalton Bolon scored 14 points while shooting 3 for 6 from beyond the arc and 5 of 6 from the free throw line. Reyne Smith recorded 12 points and shot 4 for 7 from beyond the arc. The Cougars extended their winning streak to six games.

Chaunce Jenkins finished with 17 points and four assists for the Monarchs (4-4). Tyreek Scott-Grayson added 13 points for Old Dominion. In addition, Mekhi Long finished with nine points and two steals.

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11/29/2022   Yahoo! Husky Basketball
If USC makes the College Football Playoff then the Rose Bowl has their pick of Pac-12 teams to take as the representative for the conference. Washington being the highest ranked of those teams would be the way for them to almost guarantee that they are selected. It seems likely that a loss to USC in Friday’s Pac-12 title game would move Utah down at least 1 spot but it’s not a guarantee if the game is as close as their first contest was.
11/29/2022   Yahoo! Husky Basketball
SEATTLE - Keion Brooks scored 20 points and Braxton Meah didn’t miss a shot and scored 18 points and Washington used a second-half blitz to beat cross-town rival Seattle 77-66 on Monday night. Meah made all-seven shot attempts from the floor and all four from the foul line. Washington built a 10-0 lead and was up 25-14 on Jamal Bey’s layup with 9:23 before halftime.
11/28/2022   Seattle PI Huskies

SEATTLE (AP) — Keion Brooks scored 20 points and Braxton Meah didn't miss a shot and scored 18 points and Washington used a second-half blitz to beat cross-town rival Seattle 77-66 on Monday night.

Meah made all-seven shot attempts from the floor and all four from the foul line.

Washington built a 10-0 lead and was up 25-14 on Jamal Bey's layup with 9:23 before halftime. But Seattle countered and outscored Washington 26-13 for a 40-38 halftime lead.

Seattle's Viktor Rajkovic made a 3-pointer and a jump shot 1:50 into the second half for a 47-40 advantage. The Huskies took control from there and outscored Seattle 25-3 in a little more than the next nine minutes.

Cameron Tyson scored 18 points for Seattle and Alex Schumacher 15.

The Pac-12 Huskies have pushed their consecutive-game win streak against the Redhawks to 17 in a series that started in an NCAA Tournament West Regional game in 1953. The Huskies (6-1) hold a 33-4 all-time series advantage against the Redhawks (5-1).

Seattle entered having won its first five games since the 2007-08 season when it was playing at the Division II level.

Washington opens Pac-12 play when it heads to Corvallis, Oregon on Thursday before hosting Colorado on Sunday.

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11/28/2022   Seattle PI Huskies

SEATTLE (AP) — Kalen DeBoer would much rather be preparing for the Pac-12 championship game than sitting around waiting to find out what the bowl destination will be for No. 9 Washington.

But the Huskies coach and the rest of his team have a rooting interest in what transpires on Friday night in Las Vegas between No. 4 Southern California and No. 12 Utah. A win by the Trojans could end up landing Washington a trip to the Rose Bowl in DeBoer’s first season in charge.

“We’ve become very selfish the last few weeks, haven’t we?” DeBoer joked on Monday.

USC could be headed to the College Football Playoff with a win. That would open up the Rose Bowl to select a team of their choosing from the Pac-12 to replace the Trojans.

That could be the Huskies, who wrapped up a 10-2 regular season and 7-2 Pac-12 campaign with a 51-33 win over Washington State in the Apple Cup last Saturday. Washington, Utah and Oregon all finished tied for second in conference play, but Utah won the tiebreaker putting the Utes in the championship game opposite USC.

“I guess I’m looking at it this way, we did Utah a favor already, right?” DeBoer joked, noting that Washington’s win over Washington State is what put Utah into the title game. “Selfish-wise, I certainly think there is a team we’re rooting for.”

If the Pac-12 still had divisions, which it did away with this season, Washington would have won the North Division and been headed for Las Vegas.

“It’s hard because there’s a tie for the second spot and we’re in that tie. We all agreed on it before the season. Those are the rules and that’s what you got to go with,” DeBoer said. “We’d certainly love to see if we’ve got that type of team. We feel we do, certainly, but we had our chances throughout...