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Gueye, Abogidi lead Cougars past Huskies, 78-70

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Washington State forward Mouhamed Gueye (35) shoots as Washington forward Nate Roberts (1) watches during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. Washington State won 78-70.
Washington State forward Mouhamed Gueye (35) shoots as Washington forward Nate Roberts (1) watches during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. Washington State won 78-70. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) Photo Gallery

PULLMAN — Mouhamad Gueye and Efe Abogidi each scored career-highs while combining for 46 points as Washington State opened a home-and-home series with arch-rival Washington with a 78-70 win Wednesday night.

The teams reconvene Saturday in Seattle.

The teams played to a 33-33 tie after a half, but the Cougars opened the second half with 13-1 run and did not trail the rest of the way. Washington clawed back within one after Nate Roberts’ layup with 8:50 left and PJ Fuller’s layup with 2:31 left made it 71-70. Michael Flowers drove to the basket for an off-balance shot and Abogidi grabbed the offensive rebound and slammed it home to make it 73-70 and Washington did not score another field goal the rest of the way.

Gueye, a freshman, and Abogidi, a sophomore, combined for 25 of Washington State’s 45 second-half points. Gueye hit 11 of 23 shots from the field to post a career-high 25 points. Abogidi scored a career-high 21 points and his 14 rebounds, 10 off the offensive glass, was one shy of matching his career-best mark. The Cougars (15-12, 10-7 Pac-12) scored 40 points in the paint with 15 offensive rebounds.

Fuller hit 5 of 9 from behind the arc and finished with 23 points to lead Washington (13-13, 3-7). Terrell Brown Jr. added 11 points and eight assists and Cole Bajema added 11 points and six rebounds off the bench.

Washington now has lost four straight — three to ranked opponents (No. 4 Arizona, No. 17 USC and No. 13 UCLA). Washington State had lost five straight.

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