We're back after talking with Ken Bone, Reggie Moore, Dexter Kernich-Drew and listening to Idaho coach Don Verlin. That allowed us to get our story on Washington State's 66-64 road victory together. Read on.
• It was the good Vandals who showed up in the second half tonight, but though they were able to climb out of a 10-point halftime hole, they couldn't get over the hump against the Cougars, who had too much firepower despite being down three players. Looking at the box score, WSU played nine players tonight. Everyone of them scored, with Reggie Moore getting 15, the last two of which won the game. From there, Brock Motum had 12, Marcus Capers, Dexter Kernich-Drew and Patrick Simon had eight apiece, D.J. Shelton added seven, DaVonté Lacy – a 23-footer that snapped a long scoreless skein – and Will DiIrio three each and Charlie Enquist two. ... I asked Bone afterward if that's the way it was going to have to be this season, mixing and matching each game until he was able to find the hot hand. He said he hoped not. He's hoping when Abe Lodquist and Mike Ladd get back, along with Faisal Aden, he'll have a better rotation. But he did admit the time players like Simon and Kernich-Drew were picking up now was helping with their confidence and could pay dividends done the road. ... Bone said he hopes Lodwick might be back for Pepperdine (Dec. 22 in Seattle) but was not sure. Ladd and Aden's return is still unknown. The Cougars host a tough Santa Clara team Sunday. ... Washington State did a pretty good job on Kyle Barone inside and Deremy Geiger – the Vandals top two scorers – outside. Verlin said WSU's length – citing Capers on Geiger – really caused them problems. The two each had eight points.
• That's it for tonight. We'll be back in the morning. Until then ...