January 3, 1999
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Jan-Michael Thomas, Washington State's leading scorer who had been scoreless from the field in 30 minutes of play, sank a 3-pointer with three seconds left to give Washington State a 72-71 victory over Washington on Sunday.
In a desperation comeback attempt the Huskies' Donald Watts streaked downcourt and caught a 75-foot inbound pass from Senque Carey, but couldn't get a shot off before the buzzer.
Thomas connected after Carey hit one of two free throws to give Washington (7-4, 0-1 in Pac-10) a 71-69 lead with 10.3 seconds left.
Washington State (7-5, 1-0) was without a time out, but Thomas took the ball from point guard Blake Pengelly at the top of the circle and shot over Washington's Dan Dickau from 23 feet for the bucket.
"He actually hit my elbow a little bit, so I had to adjust at the end," said Thomas of Dickau. "I thought maybe I was going to get the call but I didn't. But I guess it was game time. So I held it a little bit longer before I shot it."
Thomas, who also scored on two free throws, was held to only five points in the game. He was averaging 14.7 points per game. Washington's all-American center, Todd MacCulloch, was held to only two points, and had five fouls. He average 18.9 points coming into the game.
The Cougars were led by Kojo Mensah-Bonsu's 19 points and also got a career-high 14 from freshman Mike Bush.
The Huskies got 23 points from Deon Luton and 14 from Watts.