Washington State 81, Gonzaga 59.

Cougars clamp, shoot past slow-starting Zags

PULLMAN – Washington State guard Klay Thompson hasn’t been able to evade it.

Steve Hanks/Tribune

When the 6-foot-6 junior’s scoring onslaught took a sizable dive a year ago, it started at Spokane in a December loss to Gonzaga. Since then many pundits have questioned Thompson’s ability to flourish against noteworthy competition.

And that unsavory notion was put to rest against the same club on Wednesday night.

Thompson scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half as Washington State smacked regional rival Gonzaga 81-59 at Beasley Coliseum, silencing the Bulldog contingent that made the one-hour jaunt south.

Thompson, who also had seven steals, six assists and six rebounds, proved his scoring frenzies don’t only surface against lowly competition.

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