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Arizona guard Rawle Alkins  can’t quite reach the ball on a rebound next to Washington State guard Malachi Flynn (22) during the second half Thursday  in Pullman. (Kai Eiselein / Associated Press)

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 10:02 p.m.

Ernie Kent calls out Cougars after loss to No. 5 Arizona

Washington State did some good things on Thursday but not nearly enough of them to avoid a 78-59 pasting by No. 5 Arizona and so coach Ernie Kent decided that it was finally time for some tough love.

Washington State guard Viont'e Daniels, center, picks up a loose ball as Colorado Buffaloes guards Dominique Collier, front, and Derrick White defend in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Boulder, Colo. Colorado won 81-49. (David Zalubowski / AP)

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 12, 2017, 9:42 p.m.

Cougars blown out in rematch with Colorado

Just as Washington State began to show the mark of a team ready to move forward into a new tier of competitiveness within the Pac-12 conference, the Cougars suffered an enormous setback on Sunday.

Washington State guard Ike Iroegbu scores the winning basket in overtime over Colorado's Xavier Johnson (11) and Derrick White (21) during an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Pullman. (Kai Eiselein / Associated Press)

Sat., Feb. 11, 2017, 11:54 p.m.

WSU goes for the sweep at Colorado

PULLMAN – Washington State will try to pick up the first Pac-12 sweep of Ernie Kent’s time coaching the Cougars when they face Colorado on Sunday. The game against the Buffaloes, which tips off at 6:30 p.m., is a rematch ...

Utah forward Tyler Rawson, left, and Washington State guard Malachi Flynn go after the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Pullman, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Utah won 88-47. (Young Kwak / Associated Press)

Wed., Feb. 8, 2017, 11:05 p.m.

Washington State looks to be more competitive in rematch against Utes

PULLMAN – The last time Washington State faced Utah, the Cougars suffered one of the worst defeats ever on their home court – an 88-47 beat-down in Beasley Coliseum. The Cougars (11-12, 4-7 Pac-12) have become a more competitive bunch since that loss. They will try to prove it on Thursday at 6 p.m. during the rematch against Utah in front of what is sure to be a large, hostile crowd in Salt Lake City.

Washington State forward Josh Hawkinson, left, and UCLA guard Lonzo Ball go after the ball during the second half Wednesday in Pullman. (Young Kwak / Associated Press)

Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 11:12 p.m.

Washington State again falls short of the upset, losing to No. 11 UCLA

Once again Washington State proved surprisingly sticky while a top-team tried to shake them. And once again the Cougars were just a little too sloppy to spring an upset, falling 95-79 to No. 11 UCLA on Wednesday in front of 4,109 fans in Beasley Coliseum.

Washington State head coach Ernie Kent, right, speaks with guard Malachi Flynn during the second half against Oregon State in Spokane on Jan. 4. Kent counts on Flynn to run the offense from the point, just as past successful guards did for Kent at Oregon and Saint Mary’s. (Young Kwak / Associated Press)

Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 11:40 p.m.

WSU opens second half of Pac-12 play against No. 11 UCLA

PULLMAN – Washington State will play host to a familiar and not particularly imposing Goliath on Wednesday when the Cougars face No. 11 UCLA at Beasley Coliseum, where they have a three-game winning streak against the Bruins. The Cougars (11-10, 4-5 Pac-12) enter the second half of conference play on the upswing, having split the road series against the Arizona schools last week, including a competitive showing against No. 5 Arizona. Though the Cougars lost to the Wildcats, they came back to beat Arizona State on Sunday.

Washington State forward Josh Hawkinson (24) reacts after making a basket against Arizona State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. (Matt York / Associated Press)

Sun., Jan. 29, 2017, 10:27 p.m.

WSU ends first half of Pac-12 play with a win at Arizona State

Prior to Sunday’s game at Arizona State, Washington State coach Ernie Kent pulled aside Ike Iroegbu and Josh Hawkinson and said he needed them to step up and carry their team. The only two seniors who began their college careers as Cougars did that and more, each having career days to lead their team to a 91-83 road win.

Sun., Jan. 29, 2017, 10:26 p.m.

Washington State women snap four-game losing streak

PULLMAN – Alexys Swedlund scored 18 points and Ivana Kmetovska a career-high 16 and Washington State defeated Cal 84-79 on Sunday to snap a four-game losing streak. Pinelopi Pavlopoulou added 13 points, Maria Kostourkova 12 and Nike McClure 10 as ...

Washington State coach Ernie Kent talks to Malachi Flynn during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Arizona, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. (Rick Scuteri / AP)

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 28, 2017, 4:22 p.m.

Cougars look for road split at ASU

PULLMAN – Washington State will try to come away from its longest Pac-12 road trip of the season with a split at 11 a.m. on Sunday at Arizona State. The Cougars (10-10, 3-5 Pac-12) put together an inspired effort on ...

Arizona guard Kobi Simmons  passes the ball around Washington State guard Viont’e Daniels and Conor Clifford (42) during the second half  Thursday. (Rick Scuteri / Associated Press)

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 10:05 p.m.

Washington State can’t hold on for upset at No. 7 Arizona

Washington State played its most valiant game in two years on Thursday, trading baskets for all but a few minutes despite a hostile crowd and talented opponents at No. 7 Arizona. But a few minutes were all the Wildcats needed to turn the tight game into a comfortable win, beating the Cougars 79-62 thanks to just a few moments of dominance.

Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 9:37 p.m.

Ernie Kent-coached player Mahershala Ali nominated for an Oscar

PULLMAN – Before Mahershala Ali was an Oscar-nominated star of the silver screen, he was Mahershala Gilmore – a 6-foot-3 guard on Ernie Kent’s Saint Mary’s basketball team. Ali received his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in Moonlight. The prolific actor also is also in box office hit Hidden Figures, in which he plays Colonel Jim Johnson, and has TV roles in House of Cards and Luke Cage.

Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 7:24 p.m.

Washington State travels to the desert to face No. 7 Arizona

PULLMAN – Washington State will face a team seemingly without weakness, in a building where it is almost impossible to win at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at No. 7 Arizona. The Wildcats (18-2, 7-0 Pac-12) are tied atop the Pac-12 ...

Season status

Record: 16-15 (7-10)

Previous game:
Colorado 73, WSU 63

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