PULLMAN, Washington (Ticker) -- After suffering one of their worst losses of the season, Mike Jensen and Washington put together one their best performances against intrastate rival Washington State.
Jensen scored 13 points and the Huskies shot 49 percent (25-of-51) from the floor to close out their road trip with a 68-55 Pac-10 victory over the slumping Cougars.
After losing, 90-73, at Oregon State on Sunday, Washington (21-4, 11-3 Pac-10) rebounded in this one, finishing 2-1 on its three-game trip to move within one game of first-place Arizona in the Pac-10 standings.
Jensen, who was 6-of-8 from the floor overall, scored nine points in the first half and the Huskies hit 53 percent (12-of-23) while jumping out to a 34-17 lead at the intermission. Washington broke open a 9-9 tie four minutes in with a 20-2 run over the next 10-plus minutes.
Bobby Jones scored six points over that stretch, including back-to-back baskets to start the run, and Jamaal Williams scored five straight later for Washington, which took a 29-11 lead on a run-capping 3-pointer by Brandon Roy.
Tre Simmons, who finished with four 3-pointers, scored 11 of hid 16 points in the second half and Roy added 11 on 5-of-10 shooting for the Huskies, who have won 14 of their last 18 against the Cougars, including two this season.
Kyle Weaver scored 15 points and Jeff Varem and Thomas Kelati added 11 apiece for Washington State.