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Washington State overtakes Air Force 75-68

WSU's Marcus Capers scored 12 in the Cougars 75-68 win over Air Force (Photo: SWX) WSU's Marcus Capers scored 12 in the Cougars 75-68 win over Air Force (Photo: SWX)

Washington State, playing a home game 70 miles north at Spokane Arena on Saturday, took down Air Force 75-68, improving to 8-2 on the season.

Klay Thompson scored 19 in the win. Reggie Moore added 16, and Marcus Capers had 12. It was Capers who scored seven straight points in the second half to help the Cougars rebuild a comfortable lead with five minutes to go in the game.

The Cougars shot better than 50 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Falcons, who were playing without their leading scorer, Grant Parkins, 36-24.

Washington State head coach Ken Bone said the win was nice, but his players have plenty of room for improvement.

"Even though today we did not play our best basketball, part of that needs to be credited to Air Force, because I thought they did some good things. They're really hard to defend," said Bone.

"If you look at the beginning of the game it was really dead," said Capers. "On the bench it was like, 'we have to learn how to create our own energy.' That's something that, as a young team, we need to find out how to do."

Washington State was required to play in Spokane to meet NCAA requirements that WSU play at least one game in the venue where they'll host a portion of the NCAA tournament in March.

The Cougars' next game is another home game away from Pullman. They'll play Portland State on Saturday at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. After that, they head to the west side to play LSU at the Cougar Hardwood Classic in Seattle's KeyArena on Dec. 22.

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