- Associated Press - Saturday, February 1, 2014

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - When Washington State’s DaVonte Lacy injured his rib a month ago, he was told the injury would take four to six weeks to heal.

Lacy looked at the calendar and saw the game against archrival Washington was four weeks away.

“I knew four weeks ago I was going to play this game,” Lacy said after helping lead Washington State to a 72-67 win over Washington on Saturday.

In his first game back, Lacy scored 10 points, all in the decisive second half, as the Cougars broke a six-game losing streak to their cross-state rivals.

D.J. Shelton led Washington State (9-12, 2-7 Pac-12) with 20 points and 18 rebounds. Que Johnson added 15 points for the Cougars, who had been in a slump since Lacy was injured.

“We just needed that one game to turn things around,” Lacy said. “I think this is that game. We can continue to do that the rest of the season.”

Shelton, who added four steals and three assists in 38 minutes, said the return of Lacy loosened up the Washington defense for the rest of the team.

“He opens up so much more for us on the floor,” Shelton said.

C.J. Wilcox scored 24 points to lead Washington (13-9, 5-4 Pac-12), which was done in by 38.9 percent shooting in the second half.

“They beat us to the boards,” Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said of the Cougars, who won the rebound battle 39-36, including 14 offensive boards. “They shot 20 3-pointers, so with 3-pointers come long rebounds.”

The Huskies made just 14 of 36 field goals in the second half, but still were in a position to win as the Cougars shot poorly from the free throw line in the closing minutes.

“No one is out there trying to miss,” Romar said. “They just didn’t go in. Give them a lot of credit.”

Washington State has struggled to score without Lacy as the Cougars are last in the Pac-12 in points per game (62) and field goal percentage (.413).

After a nip-and-tuck first half, the Huskies scored seven unanswered points in the opening minutes of the second for a 34-27 lead, largest of the game to that point. Wilcox had a 3-pointer and layup in that run.

Wilcox hit a 3-pointer to push UW’s lead to 42-34.

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