FROM PULLMAN — For the second consecutive game, Washington State won ugly. But, as coach Ken Bone and players said afterward, it was a win. We recap it after the jump.
PLAYER OF THE GAME — Wash, rinse, repeat. It's Brock Motum again, and it's not close. The senior forward was WSU's only consistent offensive threat, scoring a game-high 27 points on 10-18 shooting and 7-10 from the free-throw line. Motum also had eight rebounds (and five turnovers, too). Without him, who knows how this one would have ended?
PLAY OF THE GAME — With WSU still leading by only four points at 38-34, Jackson State guard Dundrecous Nelson was called for an intentional foul after he shoved Mike Ladd to the floor while Jackson State was setting up its half-court offense. Ladd made one free throw and the Cougars scored seven more points before JSU scored again.
STAT OF THE GAME — Bone pointed out in the postgame that JSU scored only 20 points that weren't preceded by a WSU turnover. The Tigers' shooting stats were alarmingly bad. They made 13 of 57 from the field and 5 of 24 from 3-point range. And Motum's 27 points, obviously, accounted for more than 50 percent of WSU's total.
QUOTABLE — “I think our guys are really tired. They’re very tired from this week. It’s draining. It’s my fault that we scheduled the game this week. It’s my fault the way we played. It’s not like our practices have been great either. We got exposed tonight because of the fatigue factor.”
UP NEXT — WSU will practice a whole bunch over the next week, because it doesn't play again until a Dec. 21 game against Buffalo in KeyArena (7:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network). The Bulls are 4-7 this season.