Cougars learn to finish and steal Pac-12 opener away from Huskies

Markelle Fultz finished a rebound short of the first triple-double for the Washington men’s program in a 79-74 loss to Washington State.

Ernie Kent hates the term “Couged it” so much that he wants desperately to change its meaning.

“If I had my druthers, that phrase would be symbolic of a team that’s tough and hunts people down in the final minutes,” the Washington State men’s basketball coach said after the Cougars’ 79-74 upset win against Washington in a thrilling Pac-12 opener.

In sports lexicon, “Couged it” refers to a team’s inability of being unable to keep a lead or losing — often in dramatic and inexplicable fashion — in the final moments.

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Apologies to Kent, but WSU’s performance on Sunday against its cross-state rivals was the opposite of “Couged it.”

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