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Sports talk from The Spokesman-Review, featuring Larry Weir.
Washington State sputtered through an awful first half on offense, shots bouncing away — if they hit anything at all — passes sailing into the stands.
With Pac-12 Conference play around the corner, Washington State can feel confident in the caliber of its talent, although coach Kyle Smith said his new-look Cougars remain an “unformed team,” a work in progress that must mature if it plans on making noise in the conference.
Eastern Washington overcame a 19 point lead – fueled by a freshman off the bench – to beat Washington State for the first time since 1997.
PULLMAN – Last season, during the early portion of its nonconference slate, Washington State had a habit of eking out nail-biting wins.
Four games into his college basketball career, Washington State's touted recruit is already making a splash.
The Cougs went on an 11-point run and broke open a game that had seen 14 lead changes to that point, and they fended off the Vandals the rest of the way to win 73-59.
After 276 men’s basketball meetings between Washington State and Idaho, the widest margin of victory stood at 32 points.
For the 277th time over 115 years, Washington State and Idaho will renew their ancient basketball rivalry in the Vandals’ brand-new building Thursday.
PULLMAN – Stylish guard Noah Williams froze a defender at the perimeter with a hesitation move, clearing a lane toward the basket about midway through the first half.
Washington State receiving 10 votes in the first Associated Press regular-season poll of the women’s basketball season, while Gonzaga received no votes in the rankings released on Monday.
PULLMAN – Self-described as “usually pretty mild-mannered,” Washington State coach Kyle Smith was uncharacteristically “hot” at the half.
PULLMAN – Coach Kyle Smith expects it will take four or five games for his new-look Washington State basketball team to “get settled in.”