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UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 21, 2020

Freshmen Noah Williams, DJ Rodman had key supporting roles in Washington State’s sweep of Oregon schools

Elleby and Bonton may have been the headliners, and they may be in most Pac-12 Conference games WSU manages to pull out this season, but the Cougars were also dependent …


CJ Elleby grabs weekly Pac-12 honor after Washington State’s sweep of Oregon schools

An individual award came alongside the team accompishments for Washington State after a weekend sweep of No. 8 Oregon and Oregon State.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 18, 2020

With chip on his shoulder, Washington State guard and Portland native Isaac Bonton lights up Oregon State on 34-point night

Isaac Bonton wasn’t totally shunned by the colleges in his home state. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound point guard and former two-star prospect from Portland’s Parkrose High School did have one offer …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 18, 2020

‘You’re up there forever.’ Capturing the moments of Klay Thompson’s jersey retirement at Washington State

Thompson’s celebration, coupled with Washington State’s 89-76 victory over Oregon State, sent Pullman into a crimson frenzy that was reminiscent of ESPN College GameDay’s first visit to the Palouse in …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 18, 2020

Vince Grippi: Nearly a decade after leaving Washington State, Klay Thompson proud as ever to be a Cougar

For Klay Thompson, whose No. 1 jersey will now fly in the Beasley Coliseum rafters for perpetuity, it seems like only yesterday he was wandering the Pullman streets, enjoying the …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 18, 2020

Washington State completes weekend sweep with 89-76 victory over Oregon State

Isaac Bonton scored a career-high 34 points and Washington State beat Oregon State 89-76 on Saturday in front of a packed house that saw Klay Thompson’s jersey retired


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 17, 2020

‘He means so much to the Cougar nation’: Former teammates, opponents reflect on Klay Thompson’s career at Washington State

Marcus Capers has told the story before, the story of how he ended up with the ‘0’ and Klay Thompson ended up with the ‘1’:


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 17, 2020

Top-25 takedowns: Looking back at Washington State’s ranked wins over the years

With Thursday’s 72-61 upset win over No. 8 Oregon, Washington State avoided 20 consecutive losses to teams ranked in the top 10 in the Associated Press rankings, and the Cougars …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

Sharpshooting Washington State beats No. 8 Oregon for first top-10 victory in 13 years

The Cougars hadn’t knocked off a top-10 team in 13 years – not since the 2007 squad beat No. 7 Arizona 77-73 in overtime. Since then, WSU basketball teams coached …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

Hot ticket: Washington State could draw as many as 10,000 for Klay Thompson jersey retirement

Not since Thompson’s third and final college season have the Cougars drawn 10,000 fans to Pullman, but the occasion of his jersey retirement could bring that many to the 11,600-seat …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

It’ll be an all-too-familar matchup for Isaac Bonton when Washington State faces Payton Pritchard, No. 8 Oregon

Two weeks ago Isaac Bonton got the best of an old AAU acquaintance, hustling back to stuff UCLA’s Jules Bernard in the second half of Washington State’s game against the …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

Klay Thompson ‘appreciative’ of time at Washington State days before jersey retirement

Once he learned what the word meant Tuesday night during a media session at the Chase Center, Klay Thompson said he actually appreciated the “doldrums” that occasionally came with attending …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

Stephen Curry to be in attendance for Klay Thompson jersey retirement at Washington State

Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry will be in attendance as Golden State Warriors teammate and fellow “Splash Brother” Klay Thompson has his jersey retired at halftime of the Cougars’ game …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Former Washington State standout Robert Franks buzzing with confidence in first G League season

Just 92 miles separates the G League’s Swarm and the Charlotte Hornets, which affords Franks ample opportunities to practice with the NBA team and to immerse himself in what life …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Kyle Smith: Washington State guard Jaylen Shead (hip) doubtful for remainder of season

At this point of the college basketball season, teams should be refining what they’re doing rather than reevaluating it. Washington State would much rather be doing the former under first-year …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 11, 2020

Defensive lapses allow Stanford to grab big lead, bury Washington State in 88-62 loss

Before Washington State boarded a plane for the Bay Area earlier this week, Kyle Smith advised the Cougars they’d need to bring their defense on the road. The coach may …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 10, 2020

Stanford looks to extend streak vs Washington State

Stanford looks for its seventh straight win in the head-to-head series against Washington State.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Fueled by big first-half run, Cal holds off Washington State 73-66

Through much of Thursday night’s game against the Cougars, the Golden Bears, who’d opened the year with a 6-8 record and a 16-point loss to Stanford, looked to be the …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

Washington State basketball coach Kyle Smith reprimanded for comments about Pac-12 officials

The Cougars’ coach was critical of the officials’ decision not to blow a whistle when WSU’s Noah Williams was tied up with USC’s Nick Rakocevic. Neither player was willing to …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

CJ Elleby, Washington State visit California in Pac-12 road opener

Two sophomore guards will be on display as CJ Elleby and Washington State will face Matt Bradley and Cal.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

‘Kills’ have given Washington State incentive to play defense under Kyle Smith

So far, Kyle Smith has made good on one of the only promises he delivered last spring upon formally accepting the job at WSU: teaching the Cougars how to play …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 6, 2020

Washington State’s Tony Miller placed on scholarship after strong start to Pac-12 season

A former walk-on who transferred to WSU from Montana after spending two seasons at Seattle Pacific, Tony Miller has scored in double figures in both of the Cougars’ Pac-12 games …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 4, 2020

Isaac Bonton comes up with highlight block for Washington State versus former AAU teammate for win over UCLA

Isaac Bonton made a handful of key shots from various angles to lift Washington State over UCLA, 79-71, in overtime at Beasley Coliseum. But an eye-popping defensive highlight in the …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 4, 2020

Kyle Smith notches first marquee win as Washington State coach in 79-71 overtime thriller

By the time he arrived to the press conference podium to talk about his first marquee win as Washington State’s basketball coach, Kyle Smith’s blue collared shirt had been untucked, …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

Alcohol sales at Beasley Coliseum enliven gameday experience for Washington State basketball fans

In more ways than one, Washington State fans are promised a more refreshing experience at home basketball games this season.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020

Shorthanded Washington State gives USC a test, but falls 65-56 in Pac-12 opener

With a handful of their grizzled veterans shelved, a group of much less seasoned Washington State basketball players were thrown into the fire against a USC team that seemed to …


Washington State’s Jeff Pollard leaves Pac-12 opener against USC with injury

A Washington State team that’s dealt with a series of injuries and ailments through the first two months of the 2019-20 basketball season saw another key player leave the floor …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 1, 2020

USC looks to extend winning streak vs. Washington State in Pac-12 opener

Southern California looks for its seventh straight win in the head-to-head series over Washington State


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 21, 2019

Isaac Bonton’s breakthrough performance guides Washington State past Incarnate Word

Isaac Bonton had a breakthrough performance for Washington State with a game-best 19 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

Washington State rides early double-digit lead to comfortable 87-73 win over Florida A&M

Washington State’s quest for a perfect December lives to see another day.