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Suggs' 18 Points Lead WSU to 97-70 Win Over Pacific

Renard Suggs led all scorers with 18 points for Washington State Friday night. Renard Suggs led all scorers with 18 points for Washington State Friday night.

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PULLMAN, Wash. – Junior Renard Suggs led all scorers with 18 points, and freshman Viont’e Daniels added 16, as Washington State University men’s basketball rolled to a 97-70 win over Pacific University (Ore.) in exhibition action on ‘Flashback Friday’ at Bohler Gym, in which former WSU coach and hall of famer, George Raveling was honored.

In front of a capacity crowd, Suggs, a 6-foot-2 guard, shot .583 (7-for-12) from the field, including .500 (4-for-8) from 3-point range. Also a 6-2 guard, Daniels shot .777 (7-for-9) from the field and 2-for-4 from beyond the arc.

Freshman Robert Franks was the Cougars’ leading rebounder, with 7, and scored 13 points, including 3 3-pointers, while junior Ike Iroegbu and sophomore Ny Redding each dished out 5 assists to feed four double-digit scorers for the Cougars. Junior Josh Hawkinson was the fourth scorer in double-figures for WSU, contributing 12 points and five rebounds to WSU cause.

Redshirt junior Valentine Izundu brought the fans to their feet with two highlight-reel dunks, and had two blocked shots, to help lead the Cougar defense. All Cougars who played scored, except for sophomore Derrien King, who found a way to contribute with 5 rebounds and a blocked shot.

Pacific was led by Michael Joseph, with 16 points, and also had four scores in double figures. Bobby Ahern scored 13, while K.C. Harrison contributed 11 and Skyler Burgess had 10. Joseph and Burgess boarded a team-best 7 rebounds

The Cougars shot .523 from the field, while the Boxers shot .344. Pacific shot 22 3-pointers, and made 8 for a .364 clip. The Cougars were 10-for-25 from beyond the arc for .400.

Washington State was red hot from the field out of the gates. Suggs connected on his first 4 3-pointers to give the Cougars a 20-8 lead at the 14:05 mark of the opening half. Washington State also shot better than .600 for most of the first half and was 8-of-8 from the free throw line to start the contest. Hawkinson finished 8-of-8 at the stripe for the Cougars, and didn’t miss a free throw in 17 exhibition attempts.

The Cougars finished the half on a 10-0 run, that included an Iroegbu dunk, off a Redding steal. WSU finished with 13 steals, and 7 blocks, and outscored Pacific 33-5 off turnovers. Pacific had 6 steals.

An 18-6 run to open the first six minutes of the second half, gave WSU a 34-point lead; it’s largest of the game. K.C. Harrison iced the run with a 3-pointer. It was one of three second-half triples for the Boxers. Washington State spread its 3-point shooting evenly, with 5 converted baskets in each half.

Franks scored all of his 13 points in the second half for Washington State, and Daniels chipped in 9 of his 16. The Cougars cooled down a bit from the line, making 11-of-18 free throws in the period. Redshirt junior Que Johnson joined Hawkinson as perfect from the line, making 4-for-4.

Izundu notched his two dunks late, along with a high-flying block before fouling out with 6 points.

Friday, the Cougars honored George Raveling, along with some of his former players in front of 2,427 fans. Washington State was also back on the floor where Raveling coached his first season. The Cougars called Bohler Gym home until the 1973-74 season when Beasley Coliseum opened. It’s the current home of the Washington State volleyball team.

The Cougars open up the regular season in a men’s/women’s doubleheader hosting Northern Arizona, Friday, Nov. 13 at 5:30 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum. Last season the Lumberjacks fell in the championship game of the Postseason Tournament (CIT).

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