PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Washington State doesn't get a lot of attention outside the Pacific-10, but leading scorer Klay Thompson said beating No. 18 Washington on Sunday should open some eyes.
``We're going to try to make a lot of noise the second half of the season,' said Thompson, who scored 25 points, had five steals and four assists as Washington State beat Washington 87-80.
In fact, Thompson thinks the Cougars can win out and claim the Pac-10 title.
``I think we have a chance to run the table,' said Thompson, who leads the Pac-10 in scoring at 22 points per game. ``I think we can be the best team in the league, and we showed that tonight.'
Point guard Reggie Moore, who scored 18 points and had five assists, agreed.
``Me and Klay have been talking about running the table since the beginning of the season,' Moore said. ``We can win every game ahead of us.'
Washington State (15-6, 5-4 Pac-10) held high-scoring Washington to 37 percent shooting and forced 23 turnovers. Afterward, the crowd stormed Friel Court and carried guard Faisal Aden off on their shoulders.
``It was crazy out there,' said Aden, who scored 15 points off the bench.
Isaiah Thomas scored 19 points for Washington (15-5, 7-2), which fell into a tie with Arizona for first in the Pac-10.
But he made just 3 of 13 from the floor, all late in the game, and committed seven turnovers. Justin Holiday scored 16 points for the Huskies. Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who averages 16 per game, was held to six points, but got 11 rebounds.
``A lot of the difference was the turnovers they forced,' Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. ``We average 12 turnovers a game.'
``They got their hands on a lot of balls and they were able to get us out of synch,' Romar said.
Leading by two at halftime, Washington State opened the second half with a 10-1 run, including a 3-pointer and spectacular alley-oop dunk by Moore, for a 55-44 lead.
Washington missed its first five shots of the second half and did not make a field goal until Holiday's 3-pointer with 14:33 left. But the Huskies did make seven of eight free throws to close to 57-53 with 13 minutes left.
Thompson hit a lay-up and 3-pointer as WSU built a 63-55 lead.
Washington did not make its second field goal of the second half until Scott Suggs scored with 9:39 left, cutting WSU's lead to 66-60. The Huskies were 2 of 11 from the field in the second half at that point, but had made 12 of 13 free throws to stay close.
Thomas, the third-leading scorer in the Pac-10, did not make his first field goal until just 6:13 was left in the game, a 3-pointer that cut WSU's lead to 75-69.
Thompson answered with a basket and a 3-pointer for an 80-69 lead. But Thomas made another 3-pointer and a jumper to pull the Huskies within 80-74 with less than five minutes left. But they were scoreless for nearly four minutes.
Aden hit a 3-pointer to give WSU an 83-74 lead with two minutes left.
In the first half, Thompson scored five of the Cougars' final eight points for a 45-43 halftime lead.
Washington State coach Ken Bone, a former UW assistant, won his first game in six tries against the Huskies.
``This probably is the biggest win since I've been here,' said Bone, in his second season.
``Our goal is to try to get to the NCAA tournament,' Bone said. ``This is one of those games we felt we really, really needed.'
Husky reserve C.J. Wilcox did not play because of a concussion.
The Huskies were trying to open 8-1 in the Pac-10 for the first time since 1984.
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