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John Blanchette: Carlos Johnson and backseat strategy help Huskies find way to defeat Cougars

PULLMAN – It’s a lonesome road, that ribbon from Spokane to Pullman. Especially so in the 1 a.m. darkness, when you figured to be snug under the covers against the chill, visions of tipoff 12 hours away dancing in your head.

This was Mike Hopkins’ introduction to life in the Palouse precinct of the Pac-12 on Saturday.

A 5:30 p.m. flight from Seattle on Friday night that couldn’t land at Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport because of fog and rerouted back to Seattle. His Washington basketball team split up on two Plan B planes from Seatac to Spokane, the last landing at 12:30.