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UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

Golden apples: CJ Elleby’s 34-point outing and nine other notable Apple Cup performances since 2000

With leg two of the 2020 rivalry series approaching – a 5 p.m. tipoff Friday at Alaska Airlines Arena – we combed every box score since 2000 and picked out …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 23, 2020

Second battle against Stanford goes south for Washington State in 75-57 Senior Day loss

Behind its stout play in the post and strong 3-point shooting, Stanford commandeered an early lead against WSU and never relinquished it, completing a regular season sweep of the Cougars …


Jeff Pollard, the ‘Mayor of Pullman,’ is winding down his final term at Washington State

Since Jeff Pollard can’t drum up the right word to describe his four years at Washington State, the senior forward has another proposition. “How about a phrase?” Pollard suggests, hunched …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 21, 2020

Through 34-year-old Todd Golden, Kyle Smith’s imprint still felt at University of San Francisco

Count Kyle Smith as one of the few Inland Northwest residents who would’ve been overjoyed to see the University of San Francisco hang on Thursday night to stun second-ranked Gonzaga …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 21, 2020

Canadian combo guard Jefferson Koulibaly commits to Washington State

Washington State has effectively rounded out its 2020 recruiting class, receiving a commitment Friday from Jefferson Koulibaly, a long and explosive point guard from Canada.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Without Isaac Bonton, Washington State offense stays stagnant in 66-57 loss to California

Bonton’s been key in helping create opportunities for his Washington State teammates and he’s one of just a few Cougars who can manufacture offense for himself. Which is why Bonton’s …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Washington State’s Isaac Bonton (hip) ‘doubtful’ to play against Cal, ‘hopeful’ for home finale vs. Stanford

The Cougars may have to find alternative ways of manufacturing offense Wednesday night against Cal, but they expect to have Bonton back in the fold for the last home game …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 15, 2020

Daniel Utomi lifts USC to 70-51 victory over Washington State

Daniel Utomi scored season-high 23 points and the Southern California defense did the rest in a 70-51 victory over Washington State


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

Cody Riley, Chris Smith lead UCLA past Washington State in OT, 86-83

Cody Riley scored 11 of his 19 points in overtime to lead UCLA to a 86-83 win over Washington State on Thursday night.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

Isaac Bonton’s best assist at Washington State has come with eighth-grade AAU team

Isaac Bonton’s basketball schedule is conflicting with his basketball schedule. There’s an obligation in Saturday night at Galen Coliseum in Los Angeles. There’s another one Sunday morning in the Tri …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

Defending on the road will be focal point for Washington State during final stretch of regular season

There weren’t too many cracks in Washington State’s defense during Sunday’s rivalry win over Washington. Kyle Smith hopes he can say the same thing about the Cougars on Thursday night …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 10, 2020

Washington State’s CJ Elleby named Pac-12 player of the week for second time this season

For the second time this season, Washington State’s CJ Elleby was voted the most outstanding player of the week in the Pac-12 Conference, the league announced Monday afternoon.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 9, 2020

Cougars beat Huskies on day former coach George Raveling honored

At age 82, George Raveling didn’t slingshot himself out of his seat on the bench the way he used to 40 years ago. So it took a couple of beats …


With CBI invitation, Washington State guaranteed opportunity to compete in postseason tournament

Seven straight Washington State basketball seasons have ended in Las Vegas at the Pac-12 Tournament. It’s unlikely the streak reaches eight this March.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 9, 2020

CJ Elleby erupts for 34 points against hometown Huskies, leading Washington State past Washington, 79-67

At some point before the season began, Kyle Smith took a break from designing plays for WSU’s basketball team and put his literary juices to work, penning a short victory …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 8, 2020

Kyle Smith bracing for first Apple Cup as Washington State coach

Game one between WSU (13-10, 4-6) and UW (12-11, 2-8) takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday (ESPNU) at Beasley Coliseum. The Cougars will put George Raveling’s name in the rafters …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 7, 2020

John Blanchette: George Raveling lifted Washington State basketball into the spotlight – now the program will return the favor

George Raveling’s name goes up in those same rafters on Sunday at halftime of the Cougars’ game with rival Washington, and as appropriate as Klay Thompson’s day of tribute was …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 1, 2020

Washington State has lowest point total in three years, loses 66-49 to Arizona

An Arizona team that hasn’t been as steady, or consistent, as many of its previous editions lost its national ranking after losing at Arizona State last Saturday. The Wildcats still …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

CJ Elleby hits winner, securing Washington State’s dramatic 67-65 win over Arizona State

Even as Washington State raced out to its largest lead of the game, the Cougars knew enough about Arizona State’s recent history to understand why it was important they not …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 28, 2020

‘He was awesome.’ Washington State’s DJ Rodman reflects on relationship forged with Kobe Bryant at young age

Young, bold and ambitious, DJ Rodman wasn’t afraid to make an introduction the first time he spotted Kobe Bryant milling the sideline of his sister’s youth soccer game in Southern …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 25, 2020

Rylan Jones, Mikael Jantunen power Utah past Washington State 76-64

Rylan Jones scored 24 points and Mikael Jantunen added 16 off the bench to lead Utah to a 76-64 victory over Washington State on Saturday.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Lucas Siewert leads No. 23 Colorado past Washington State 78-56

Lucas Siewert scored 16 points, D’Shawn Schwartz had 13 and No. 23 Colorado pulled away in the second half to beat Washington State 78-56


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 21, 2020

Freshmen Noah Williams, DJ Rodman had key supporting roles in Washington State’s sweep of Oregon schools

Elleby and Bonton may have been the headliners, and they may be in most Pac-12 Conference games WSU manages to pull out this season, but the Cougars were also dependent …


CJ Elleby grabs weekly Pac-12 honor after Washington State’s sweep of Oregon schools

An individual award came alongside the team accompishments for Washington State after a weekend sweep of No. 8 Oregon and Oregon State.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 18, 2020

With chip on his shoulder, Washington State guard and Portland native Isaac Bonton lights up Oregon State on 34-point night

Isaac Bonton wasn’t totally shunned by the colleges in his home state. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound point guard and former two-star prospect from Portland’s Parkrose High School did have one offer …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 18, 2020

‘You’re up there forever.’ Capturing the moments of Klay Thompson’s jersey retirement at Washington State

Thompson’s celebration, coupled with Washington State’s 89-76 victory over Oregon State, sent Pullman into a crimson frenzy that was reminiscent of ESPN College GameDay’s first visit to the Palouse in …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 18, 2020

Vince Grippi: Nearly a decade after leaving Washington State, Klay Thompson proud as ever to be a Cougar

For Klay Thompson, whose No. 1 jersey will now fly in the Beasley Coliseum rafters for perpetuity, it seems like only yesterday he was wandering the Pullman streets, enjoying the …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 18, 2020

Washington State completes weekend sweep with 89-76 victory over Oregon State

Isaac Bonton scored a career-high 34 points and Washington State beat Oregon State 89-76 on Saturday in front of a packed house that saw Klay Thompson’s jersey retired


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 17, 2020

‘He means so much to the Cougar nation’: Former teammates, opponents reflect on Klay Thompson’s career at Washington State

Marcus Capers has told the story before, the story of how he ended up with the ‘0’ and Klay Thompson ended up with the ‘1’:


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 17, 2020

Top-25 takedowns: Looking back at Washington State’s ranked wins over the years

With Thursday’s 72-61 upset win over No. 8 Oregon, Washington State avoided 20 consecutive losses to teams ranked in the top 10 in the Associated Press rankings, and the Cougars …