Washington State no doubt cleared a major hurdle Thursday night, beating Cal by a healthy margin to snatch its first Pac-12 Conference win and put a six-game losing streak to rest. One down, 14 to go.
Fully healed from the hip injury that kept him off the court for almost a month, Robert Franks helped Washington State repair many of its own wounds Thursday night at Beasley Coliseum – most of them on the offense end – and guided the Cougars to a dominant 82-59 win over the Golden Bears in a matchup of the only two teams without a Pac-12 win.
Either the Cougars (7-9, 0-3) or Golden Bears (5-11, 0-4) will claim their first Pac-12 win and end an extended losing streak when the teams go head to head in Pullman (7 p.m., Pac-12 Networks). WSU rides a six-game skid into its Pac-12 home opener and Cal has dropped each of its last five contests. They’re the only two Pac-12 teams without a league win.
Timmy Allen scored 15 points and collected nine rebounds while Both Gach added 14 points to lead Utah to an 88-70 victory over Washington State. Charles Jones, Jr. and Riley Battin each added 11 points while Sedrick Barefield and Parker Van Dyke chipped in 10 apiece for the Utes.
Tyler Bey scored a career-high 26 points, Shane Gatling had 17 and the Colorado Buffaloes routed short-handed Washington State 92-60 for its first conference win of the season. Bey added 10 rebounds for his seventh career double-double.
The senior forward, whose 22.1 points per game lead the Cougars this season, announced on Twitter account the hip injury would keep him out of a third straight contest.
Sabrina Ionescu extended her NCAA record to 15 triple-doubles and Ruthy Hebard scored a career-high 34 points as No. 5 Oregon raced past Washington State 98-58 on Sunday in Eugene.
David Crisp scored a season-high 23 points and Jaylen Nowell added 20 as Washington defeated Washington State 85-67.
With three consecutive losses, Washington State’s basketball team might be limping into Pac-12 Conference play this week, but at least it’s only a figurative term for the now healthy Cougars as they travel to Seattle this Saturday for the league opener at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Chance Moore, a 6-foot-6 wing who played sparingly in his freshman season at Wichita State, announced Monday he’d be transferring to WSU, one day after an official visit to the campus in Pullman.
The Cougars have lost three straight games, and they wrapped up the nonconference portion of their schedule with a 7-6 record.
JoJo Zamora scored 28 points including a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds remaining to give New Mexico State a 75-72 victory over Washington State in the third-place game of the Las Vegas Classic.