From Tucson — Hours after the Washington State football team took down Arizona in the desert the men's basketball team was holding down the fort back in Pullman against Lamar University. Due to my football duties I couldn't be there to cover the game, but I was able to watch the snippets of it that the Pac-12 Networks actually broadcasted on my computer.
DaVonte Lacy again led the Cougars with 21 points as WSU cruised to an easy 84-64 victory. The home team ran into some trouble as the Cardinals pulled within 55-51 after WSU had led by as much as 18. But the Cougars handled their business and got the win, improving to 2-0 on the season.
There were some highlights from the game, which we'll cover after the jump.
HIGHLIGHT'S FROM WSU'S WIN:
- Forward Brett Boese hit his first two attempts from beyond the arc. The sophomore's ability to step out and hit from deep is welcome news for a WSU team that is now 13 of 53 on three-pointers this season.
- Lacy threw down a nasty dunk on the fast break.
- Not to be outdone, Dexter Kernich-Drew completed a stunning 360 dunk that surely would've made the highlight shows had it not occurred during that period of time when it was Saturday on the West Coast and Sunday on the East Coast.
- Kernich-Drew recovered from a scoreless night in the season-opener to put up 15 points on Saturday.
- The Cougars got up 65 shots to the Cardinals' 49.
- WSU's freshmen guards played well. While Que Johnson scored eight points, showing that he is starting to shake the rust off after sitting for nearly two years, Ike Iroegbu has been a revelation. The talented guard scored 13 points in 21 minutes while adding a pair each of assists and steals.
- The WSU football team made it back in time to catch the game: