Washington State 75, California 71

 
 

 

Washington State forward DeAngelo Casto (23) fights for position while defended by California center Markhuri Sanders-Frison and Harper Kamp. AP

 Motum boosts chilly Cougars

PULLMAN — It was obvious from the copious amount of jump shots either rimming out or falling embarrassingly short of the cylinder that both Washington State and California were far from sound.

Offensive fluidity was at a premium in the Cougars’ 75-71 win over the Bears on Saturday at Beasley Coliseum, a game which saw just five WSU players reach the scoring column.

But the Cougars did exhibit the fortitude that had seemingly gone AWOL of late when they staved off a California comeback down the stretch.

“It wasn’t a really pretty game,” WSU coach Ken Bone said. “We had to deal with adversity in a variety of ways. There were a lot of kids not shooting the ball well, which can be discouraging.

“But we just stuck with it and were able to persevere.”

WSU (17-8, 7-6), which was 6-for-24 from 3-point range, struggled again in one of its stronger suits but displayed the features of an interior-based club. Much of that had to do with the play of 6-foot-10 reserve post Brock Motum, who nicely complemented the efforts of forward DeAngelo Casto.

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