Cougars open basketball season vs. Roadrunners

The Washington State

men’s basketball team opens its season tonight in Beasely Coliseum against Cal

State Bakersfield.

The Roadrunners are looking for

their first win against a Pac-12 opponent in 13 tries.

CSUB is coached by Rod Barnes, who in 2001 was named the Southeastern Conference coach of the year after guiding Mississippi to a 27-8 record and the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament.

After a 93-56 pasting of Central Washington

University in a preseason exhibition game, the

Cougars will hope to continue the stifling defense

and dominant rebounding they showed against the


Brandon Barnes, the coach’s son, leads all returning

Roadrunners with 12.1 points per game last season. While he was a power forward a season ago, he’ll be transitioning to his more natural position on the wing.

The game will tipoff at 7 p.m. and will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

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