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Huskies pull away from Cougars for 72-68 victory

Sunday - 3/3/2013, 6:06pm  ET

Washington State's D.J. Shelton, left, grabs a rebound over Washington's Aziz N'Diaye in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, March 3, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

AP Sports Writer

SEATTLE (AP) -- Scott Suggs hit a tiebreaking 3-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' 3 from the top of the key snapped a 57-all tie. It was his fifth 3-pointer, tying his career high, and he added four more free throws as the Huskies (16-13, 8-8 Pac-12) took a 65-57 lead with 2:28 remaining. Washington won consecutive games for the first time since early January when the Huskies started conference play 4-0 before losing eight of nine.

Washington won its fifth straight over the Cougars.

Brock Motum and Royce Woolridge led Washington State (11-18, 2-14) with 18 points each, but the Cougars' worst slide since the 2002-03 season continued.

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