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In brief: Cougars host Jackson State

Men’s hoops: As Pac-12 play draws nearer, there are a few things coach Ken Bone wants to cement when it comes to Washington State’s personnel.

The Cougars (6-4), who host Jackson State at 7 tonight at Beasley Coliseum, are still trying to nail down their point-guard position, and Bone (pictured) said he’d like to establish junior forward D.J. Shelton’s role before WSU begins conference play in January.

Jackson State (0-6) should provide a good tuneup. The Tigers are 0-6 this season, most recently losing 120-67 at Saint Mary’s on Tuesday. Four of their losses have come by 18 or more points.

WSU has given extensive minutes to both Royce Woolridge and Mike Ladd at point guard this season. Ladd has taken the reins most recently, and he scored a WSU career-best 19 points in the Cougars’ 59-50 win over Fresno State on Sunday.

After tonight, WSU’s next game is a Dec. 21 matchup against Buffalo at KeyArena in Seattle. Nonconference play concludes against Idaho State on Dec. 29 in Kennewick.

By Christian Caple

Chiefs ranked No. 9 in CHL

WHL: The Spokane Chiefs broke into the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 rankings for the first time this season, breaking in at No. 9. A panel of NHL scouts decides the rankings.

CHL Top 10

1. Halifax Mooseheads
2. London Knights
3. Portland Winterhawks
4. Kamloops Blazers
5. Blainville-Bois. Armada
6. Owen Sound Attack
7. Quebec Remparts
8. Barrie Colts
9. Spokane Chiefs
10. Prince Albert Raiders