Kansas State 63, Washington State 58

KYLE MILLS/Washington State's Klay Thompson battles for the loose ball with Kansas State's Jacob Pullen during first-half action Friday nigth at Beasley Coliseum .

PULLMAN – Maybe it was the overwhelming disparity between the two front courts which left a canyon in the rebounding margin.

Perhaps it was the fact that Washington State gunners Klay Thompson and Faisal Aden were held to a paltry 9-for-28 showing from the field.

Those facts would typically serve as a death knell against even the most modest of opposition.

But after Washington State’s 63-58 loss to fifth-ranked Kansas State on Friday night at Beasley Coliseum, second-year coach Ken Bone got the answer he wanted.

Earlier in the week, Bone wanted to know how tough his seniorless team was and felt the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Classic in front of a near-sellout crowd of 11,671 would be a primo gauge of his team’s fortitude.

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