No. 16 Huskies Hold On to Defeat No. 15 Sooners
Jernard Jarreau scored 12 points, and No. 16 Washington held on for a 69-67 victory over No. 15 Oklahoma on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Showcase.
The Huskies (10-0) led by as many as 20 in the first half, but only scored three points in the final 4:01 of the game. Jordan Woodard had a look at a potential winning jumper for the Sooners in the final seconds, but he missed and Andrew Andrews grabbed the rebound.
Andrews and teammate Robert Upshaw finished with 11 points apiece. Upshaw, the nation's leading shot blocker, also swatted two shots.
Isaiah Cousins and Buddy Hield led Oklahoma with 17 points apiece. Ryan Spangler had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and TaShawn Thomas had 11 points.
Washington raced out to a 37-17 lead and led 40-27 at the break. The Sooners shot 37 percent (12 for 32) in the first half.
But Oklahoma came out strong in the second half. Thomas made two foul shots to trim the Huskies' lead to 66-64 with 3:40 to go.
Upshaw missed two free throws with 1:22 remaining, and Thomas made a jumper from the right side to get Oklahoma within one with 59 seconds left. After Andrews and Woodard each missed, Andrews made a foul shot with 1 second left to account for the final margin.
It was a return to Las Vegas for Oklahoma's Lon Kruger, who coached UNLV to a 161-71 record over seven seasons. The Rebels went to the NCAA tournament in four of Kruger's last five seasons.