From Pullman -- Well, a win over the No. 15 team in the country would have done the trick. But Colorado came back and beat the Cougars, 71-70, in overtime. Still, the WSU team was optimistic after the game that the loss was something they could build on. Check out some of the stuff that didn't make the game story, after the jump.
-- Despite not winning the game, the Cougars are happy about the fact that they put up 70 points without leading scorer DaVonte Lacy. In their previous two conference games the team had averaged 36 points per game, so yesterday's shooting was a welcome turnaround. Dexter Kernich-Drew had a hot hand all night, and finished with a career-high 24 points.
I think there's a lot of positives we can take from this one," said Royce Woolridge, who had 10 points and 11 assists in the loss. He added that," "It's definitely frustrating to lose this game because of how hard we played. But even though it's frustrating and its hurts, this one definitely hurts, but we can learn from this."
-- The Buffaloes took 38 free throws to WSU's 3, a point of consternation for Cougars coach Ken Bone during the game. After the game, however, Bone gave credit to Colorado for forcing the issue.
"They were definitely attacking more than we were. We were shooting 3-pointers more than they were. So they should have gotten to the line more than us. 38 to 3, that's quite a few times.
-- Colorado coach Tad Boyle was at a loss as to why his team nearly lost the game.
"We just were lethargic defensively. We let them pass it whenever they wanted, wherever they wanted."
-- Now the Cougars will head back to Pullman, where they haven't played since December 28th.
"We'll take a day off and get off the road -- we've been on the road for eight or nine days. We'll go back to our practice facility, regroup, we'll get better the next couple days and get ready for a good Utah team," Bone said. He added that he saw improvement in the team in the days leading up to the Colorado game.
"One of our assistant coaches brought that up after the game, that we got better the past few days, just being here in Spokane. We arrived here Sunday after the Arizona State game and the next day we actually had two practices. We went to Spokane Community College, watched video and worked on defense. Then we came back to the hotel and later that evening we came over here and worked on some offensive stuff."
- Dexter Kernich-Drew had a career-high 24 points…his previous high was 16 against Texas A&M, Nov. 20, 2012.
- Royce Woolridge had his first career double-double with a career-high 11 assists to go with 10 points
- D.J. Shelton had his third double-double of the season and the fifth of his career, finishing with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
- WSU played an overtime game for the first time this season and the first time since falling to No. 23 Oregon, 79-77, Feb. 16 at Beasley Coliseum.