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Washington State closed out its non-conference schedule with a 74-39 win against Idaho State.
Washington State wrapped up the non-conference schedule with a blowout 74-39 win against Idaho State.
WSU got off to a slow start offensively, but fortunately for the Cougars, Mike Ladd did not. Ladd scored the first eight points for WSU in what may have been the best game of his WSU career. Ladd finished with 17 points on 6 of 8 shooting while also pulling down a game-high eight rebounds.
Eventually Ladd's teammates got it going and the Cougars pulled away from Idaho State. The Cougars led 34-14 at halftime and extended that lead in the second half despite emptying the bench. Brock Motum finished with 17 points while DaVonte Lacy chipped in 16 points.
While WSU led most of the statistical categories against the Bengals, Washington State dominated the rebounding battle. Five different Cougars finished with at least four rebounds as WSU out-rebounded Idaho State 38-13. The Cougars shot well across the board making 49 percent of their field goal attempts including 7 of 20 from three-point land. WSU also played impeccable free throw defense, holding Idaho State to 1 of 9 at the free throw line.
With the win, WSU closed out non-conference play at 9-4. The Cougars will now begin Pac-12 play with the conference opener at home against Washington on January 5.