Utah Valley vs. WSU final score: Cougs dominate first half in 72-49 victory

James Snook-US PRESSWIRE

It was a team effort as the Cougs got production from a number of guys against the Wolverines.

The Washington State Cougars moved to 2-0 with a 72-49 victory over the Utah Valley Wolverines on Wednesday night in Beasley Coliseum. The Cougs used a dominant first 20 minutes to build a huge halftime advantage, allowing them to give the backups some minutes in the second half on the way to an easy victory.

The first half may have been the most fun Washington State basketball to watch in a long while. WSU was moving the ball on offense and getting easy looks. They were locking down on defense and forcing contested shots. It was a near-perfect effort. Guys were getting open off the ball, making crisp passes, and everything was flowing well.

Much of it was done with Brock Motum on the bench with two fouls. He still managed to lead the team with 15 points in 21 minutes.

Fellow Australian Dexter Kernich-Drew had a career night, dropping in 14 points on 6 of 11 shooting. Motum and DKD joined Mike Ladd and DaVonte Lacy in double figures. Lacy added six assists.

Royce Woolridge is embracing the role of distributor. He took just three shots, but dealt six assists in 27 minutes. He also turned the ball over just one time and has been impressive in his first year as a point guard.

The only bad stretch on defense came at the start of the first half when the Wolverines isolated their bigs on Motum and scored in one-on-one situations. The Cougars adjusted and locked down the rest of the way.

Washington State will be back in action on Friday night when they visit Pepperdine. That will be the only game all season that won't be televised. It's a shame, because these guys have been a treat to watch.

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