The Huskies shook off an uneven start and dominated the final 30 minutes of the game, ending the regular season on a three-game winning streak as the team prepares for postseason play.
Washington State cut the lead to three with under a minute remaining, but the Huskies executed a picture-perfect press break that led to a thunderous dunk from Matthews Jr. and a roar from the home crowd. The emotional, come-from-behind rivalry win had the Huskies feeling confident heading into a big stretch on the schedule.
Washington continued its trend of elite ball control in conference play. The 18 team assists were a season-high and seven team turnovers marked the fifth Pac-12 game where the Huskies have had single-digit turnovers.
The Huskies would continue to string together defensive stops to lock up the win and complete the season sweep of Utah. It was UW's fourth straight home win, which have all been Pac-12 games. It was also the team's fifth win in its last six games.
The Huskies (10-8, 5-3) traded blows with the Buffaloes (13-7, 5-5), trailing by as many as 9 and leading by as many 15, but ultimately made enough plays down the stretch to clinch their third straight home win and fourth win in their last five games.