Note: I erroneously had 80-74 in Friday’s Tribune as the final. Wow. *sigh*
Cougs get hot early, hold off Beavers
PULLMAN – From northern California to Hawaii and back to the southern part of the Golden State, the daunting two-week, six-game trek was enough to make members of the Washington State basketball team appreciate things as simple as their own beds.
It didn’t take long for the Cougars to appreciate the fact that they were shooting at their own rims for the first time in nearly a month, though.
The Christmas break-sized crowd listed at 5,849 was wowed early as the Cougars shot an impressive 52 percent in the first half before holding off Oregon State 84-70 on Thursday night at Friel Court.
After dropping its last three games – including an 0-2 swing at UCLA and USC last week – the confines of Beasley Coliseum never seemed sweeter. Washington State came out of the gate hitting 7 of its first 11 3-point attempts and showed the same offensive fluidity it had during its 10-1 start.
“It gave us a lot of momentum,” said Klay Thompson, one of four players to reach double figures for the Cougars (11-4, 1-2). “Any time you can get a couple dunks, it’s good, because it gets the crowd into it.”
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