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Nothing heralds the start of Pac-12 basketball season like the first weekly Pac-12 coaches teleconference.
It wasn’t always pretty, but Sunday's 90-83 win over UC Davis was just what Washington State needed.
PULLMAN – The Cougars didn’t end the nonconference season with a dominant performance to springboard them into Pac-12 play. Washington State was too fast and loose with the ball on Sunday, missed an opportunity to improve defensively, and made it tough to distinguish between Corey Hawkins and his father, Hersey, a former NBA All-Star. But Washington State passed and shot the ball as well as it has all season in a 90-83 win over UC Davis.
PULLMAN – There was only so much Washington State could do to impress against an opponent that would have been outmanned in the best of circumstances on Sunday. And it was far from the best of circumstances for visiting San Jose State, which suited up just seven players, including a conscript from the football team due to recent suspensions of four primary starters and the season-ending ankle injury to a fifth.
QHow important is it for the program to beat Gonzaga? A It’s not the way you just put it, which puts it in the light that we have to beat Gonzaga for our program to have an identity. That’s not it at all. For this program, in terms of my vision for the program, it’s to graduate student-athletes, it’s to have Beasley packed, it’s to be in the running for Pac-12 championships, it’s to be in postseason play.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Not being able to win the turnover battle doomed the Washington State men’s basketball team in a 76-67 loss at Santa Clara on Saturday night. The Cougars had a huge advantage on the boards, collecting 39 rebounds to SCU’s 22, and shot a solid 45 percent from the field. But WSU made just 4 of 18 3-pointers against the packed-in Broncos defense and lost the ball during critical junctures.
Gonzaga junior center Przemek Karnowski is from Poland but his Spokane circle of friends have relayed the significance of the GU-Washington State game.
PULLMAN – The Washington State Cougars left Beasley Coliseum ice-cold following an embarrassing display of poor shooting in their last game. But the Cougars sizzled on Saturday during a 91-71 romp over visiting Texas-San Antonio. Of course, somebody had already preheated the gym.
PULLMAN – With just 4 minutes to play in Washington State’s annual matchup against Idaho, a pair of Cougar fans in the front row tried to lead the comeback themselves. They stood up and began the dormant crowd’s first organized cheer of the game. Others followed, the band woke up and in all aspects it finally felt like the Cougars were playing a home game.
PULLMAN – The four-year-old rivalry between DaVonte Lacy and Sekou Wiggs may not be ancient like the annual contest between Washington State and Idaho, but it has its own history. There has always been a competitive spirit between basketball players that hail from Tacoma and Seattle. Lacy and Wiggs prepped for two of the cities’ respective basketball powers – Lacy at Tacoma’s Curtis High and Wiggs at Seattle’s O’Dea – so when they met at a camp for elite college basketball prospects it was only natural that the two would face off.
The four-year-old rivalry between DaVonte Lacy and Sekou Wiggs may not be ancient like the annual contest between Washington State and Idaho, but it has its own history.