FROM PULLMAN — We're back at the apartment after spending the last two-plus hours at Applebee's, where we watched the Cougars beat San Francisco, 89-75, in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational. And just because we're not on the road with the team doesn't mean we can't pass along our postgame review. Read on.
PLAYER OF THE GAME — Reggie Moore. He scored 18 points, had six assists and five rebounds, and made 12-13 free throws. Many of those came in the final minutes as WSU simply pulled away. Moore attacked when he needed to, passed when he needed to, and commanded an offense that was as efficient as it's been all season — 89 points, 60 percent shooting and 11 turnovers against a trapping defense is pretty darn good. Brock Motum added his usual 24 points and seven rebounds.
PLAY OF THE GAME — Abe Lodwick's dunk that put WSU ahead 79-70 with 2:28 left. It came on the eighth assist by Marcus Capers, who added 12 points. WSU basically controlled the entire second half, but Lodwick's dunk felt like the dagger.
KEY STAT — The Cougars made 25 of their 28 free-throw attempts, and 22 of 25 in the second half. That might not seem like a particularly important statistic because WSU won by 14, but those makes can be demoralizing when a team is trying to make a comeback. Also, the Cougars assisted on 20 of their 29 made field goals.
QUOTABLE — Wasn't there, so I got nothin' here.
NEXT UP — Don't know where or who against yet, but the Cougars will play a second-round game somewhere on Monday. It'll be against the winner of tomorrow's Wyoming vs. North Dakota State game (6 p.m.). It's possible the game could be at Beasley Coliseum. If I had to guess, I'd expect it to be in Pullman. With students back from spring break, it would make sense for WSU to want to have the game there. And coach Ken Bone indicated this week that hosting is a possibility.