The Washington State Cougars beat the Fresno State Bulldogs, 59-50, in a sloppy game at Friel Court on Sunday afternoon.
The game was tight most of the way. WSU opened up a six point lead on a few occasions in the first half, but the second half stayed within one possession until late.
Brock Motum scored 15 of the team's 24 first-half points, and ended up with 23 points and 8 rebounds. It was Motum's fourth-straight 20-point game.
Mike Ladd had his best game as a Coug, scoring 19 points on 6-9 shooting against his former school. Ladd picked up his scoring in the second half, as he was aggressive cutting to the rim. He works far better off the ball.
Ladd made a huge play to give WSU the first multi-possession lead of the second half, making a shot while falling to the floor on a foul. He missed the ensuing free throw, but WSU was able to maintain possession on a jump ball. Motum would then score on a drive to put WSU up six with 2:30 to play. A stop, then two free throws from Royce Woolridge gave the Cougs their largest lead of the game and sealed the win.
WSU had to overcome carelessness on offense, as it turned the ball over 17 times. They did that by coming through with a solid defensive effort, mostly in man-to-man, to counteract their offensive struggles.
The Cougs now move to 6-4 on the year, as Fresno State drops to 5-4. WSU wraps up a six-game stretch at Friel Court against Jackson State on Thursday.