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WSU leads 32-27 at half

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It was 11-10 Oregon State with 13 minutes, 40 seconds to play in the first half. But when Abe Lodwick nailed a 3-pointer from the corner 7:35 later, it was 28-12 Washington State. An 18-1 run would usually be a reason to celebrate for the team with the 18, but the roots of the run were rotten. In the time frame, WSU was whistled for five fouls, laying the groundwork for a 12-1 Oregon State run to end the half. Not only that, but the Beavers missed three front ends during the WSU streak, accounting for almost a third of their 10 empty possessions. ... Two Cougars who were having a big impact on the first half, Lodwick (six points off the bench) and Marcus Capers (three rebounds and a handful of exceptional block outs), missed the end of the half thanks to three fouls. Klay Thompson missed some time as well with two, as did Brock Motum. ... That did open the door for Patrick Simon, who chipped in four points, and Will DiIrio, the walk-on who flew in for an uncredited offensive rebound that Simon finished along with a defensive rebound. ... Reggie Moore had a decent offensive half despite hitting just 1 of 6 shots. He had an assist and four free throws. ... The Cougars shot 39.3 for the half, though they missed their last seven shots. They were over 50 percent with 5:11 remaining and led 31-15. Oregon State shot 40 percent, hitting 6 of its last 9. ... We'll be back a couple hours after the game with our story. Until then ... 




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