DaVonte Lacy scored 20 points and D.J. Shelton finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Cougars in the losing effort. No other player had more than seven points for the Cougars.
Que Johnson led the Cougars with 14 points, fellow guard Kernich-Drew added 11 points and forward D.J. Shelton pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.
A strong defensive effort from Washington (10-6, 2-1) enabled it to hold off a solid Utes team which entered third in the Pac-12 in scoring with an 85.5 points-per-game average. The Huskies limited the Utes to 41.5 percent shooting for the game.
Connor Halliday threw for 488 yards and four touchdowns as Washington State beat Utah 49-37 on Saturday to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2006.
This year’s senior class is enjoying a season in which the Cougars (5-5, 3-4 Pac-12) are one victory away from qualifying for a bowl game. They host Utah (4-6, 1-6), on Saturday in Pullman.
Rainier Beach alumnus Mike Ladd tied his career high and set a personal WSU best with 22 points.
Keith Price and Washington’s offense finally broke out, with the quarterback throwing for two touchdowns and running for another, and Washington become bowl eligible for the third straight season with a 34-15 win over Utah on Saturday night.
At first the goal for Steve Sarkisian was getting Washington back to respectability. Then came a bowl game. And another. Now in his fourth season, the Huskies have made incremental progress under Sarkisian with new benchmarks reached each season.