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WSU trails 42-32 at half

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Give a veteran coach like Mike Montgomery time to prepare, which you have on Thursdays, and his team is going to be ready for your defensive wrinkles. The Bears seemed to be inviting the double-team on the post and looking for the weakside wing. When that was Allen Crabbe, it meant 3 points three times. It was all part of a 55.2 percent shooting half for the Bears, led by the 6 of 8 Crabbe posted, including 4 of 5 from beyond the arc. One problem was the WSU rotations were really slow. … When WSU zoned, the Bears patiently reversed the ball, looking for Jorge Gutierrez on the weakside. Though he had a poor half (2 of 6 shooting), he did find Harper Kamp for a couple baskets, part of Kamp's 12 first-half points. … On the other end, the Bears are attacking the ball screen aggressively, leaving the pick-and-pop open. But WSU hasn't burned them enough to make it matter. Let's see what adjustments the Cougars make after halftime, especially in how they rotate on the weakside out of the post double. If they don't double, Kamp and Markhuri Sanders-Frison will get the WSU inside players in foul trouble. … Offensively, expect the Cougars to be more aggressive off the ball screen, looking to attack Sanders-Frison at the rim. … The lead got as large as 14 (34-20) at one point. WSU got back within eight at one point. … We'll be back with our game story about an hour or so after the game ends.


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