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Looking back at the San Jose St. game

Yesterday, the Cougars trounced San Jose State, 82-53.

Our story from the game can be read here.

Our follow-up post is after the jump.

WSU routs Gonzaga, 81-59

WSU scored the game’s first eight points and led 25-6 with 7:15 left in the first half. Gonzaga rallied within six at half but the Cougars, behind Klay Thompson’s 21 second-half points, pulled away, leading by as many as 29 points before settling for a decisive 81-59 victory Wednesday at Beasley Coliseum.

Thompson stuffed the stat sheet with 24 points, seven steals, six assists, six rebounds and a blocked shot. Faisal Aden added 14 points and Patrick Simon made three 3s and scored 11 points.

Gonzaga missed its first 10 shots and finished 19 of 48 (39.6 percent). Sam Dower led GU with 11 points. David Stockton and Mathis Monninghoff each had eight points.

The Bulldogs committed 25 turnovers, 14 in the second half.

Vince Grippi’s game story on the link.

WSU Offers Basketball Job To Bone

Portland State coach Ken Bone and players celebrate a win against Montana State in an NCAA college basketball game at the Big Sky men’s basketball tournament March 11 in Ogden, Utah. Portland State won 79-77. Bone has accepted the offer to replace Tony Bennett as head coach of Washington State. Story here. (AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson)

Question: Are you happy with the WSU choice to replace former basketball coach Tony Bennett?

Tony Bennett Departs For Virginia

Former Washington State head basketball Coach Tony Bennett gives the “Thumbs up” sign to fans and media standing behind a wire fence and calling his name, before he boarded a private jet leaving Pullman on Monday at the Moscow-Pullman Airport. A small number of Washington State Basketball fans turned out to see the former coach one last time before he headed east shortly after announcing his departure from WSU. Bennett will take the job of head coach at the University of Virginia. Tyler Tjomsland/Spokesman-Review.

ECoug01: Tony Bennett Is An A-Rod

ECoug01: Tony has A-rodded us. … I am so pissed. Don’t tell us how much you love pullman, want to build a program, raise kids and have no desire to leave, sign an extension for 1 million bucks in pullman (which is equivalent to 2 mill in seattle at least) and then drop us a year later. If you are going to hit the road do it last year when I was prepared you would probably use WSU as a stepping stone to bigger schools. No more WSU legend in the works, no more hall of fame.

Question: Do you agree with ECoug01 that Tony Bennett has pulled an A-Rod — or Dennis Erickson, for that matter — taking the money, prestige, and running? Or is he something better than that?

WSU’s Tony Bennett Going To Virginia

Tony Bennett, who led Washington State to its first appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament in 2008, will be named head coach at Virginia. Washington State director of athletics Jim Sterk confirmed that Bennett has accepted the head-coaching position at Virginia on Tuesday. “Dick and Tony Bennett have elevated the men’s basketball program at Washington State to an unprecedented level of success,” Sterk said in a statement released by the university. “We will begin a national search for a coach immediately with the goal of finding someone with the integrity, experience, and values that Dick and Tony brought to the program”/ESPN. More here.

Question: Are you surprised that successful WSU basketball coach Tony Bennett is moving on?