Klay Thompson of Washington St. set a Pac-10 Tournament scoring record with 43 points, but a balanced scoring attack gave the No. 3 seed Washington Huskies an 89-87 win over the No. 6 seed Cougars. It was the first win this season for the Huskies, who were led by Isaiah Thomas with 21 points, in three meetings with the Cougars this season. Thomas was one of five Huskies with 12 or more points.
Not only did Thompson set a tournament record for points -- besting the 41 points scored by Leon Powe for Cal in a two-overtime game against Oregon in 2006 -- but he also set a new mark with eight three-pointers made. Salim Stoudamire (Arizona, vs. Washington in 2005) and Bryce Taylor (Oregon, vs. USC in 2007) shared the previous record with seven makes from distance. It was Thompson's first game bacik since getting suspended by the team for the final regular season game after getting cited for marijuana possession last week.
The Cougars led by as many as 13 in the first half, but the Huskies patiently clawed their way back into the game. After going back and forth for a few minutes late in the second half, C.J. Wilcox hit a three-pointer to break a tie and put Washington up for good, 76-73 with 5:06 remaining. Thomas, in addition to his 21 points, dished out 11 assists and had seven rebounds for the Huskies, who will face Oregon in the semifinals on Friday night.
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