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Cougars continue strong start to Pac-12 season

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Make that three wins in a row for Ernie Kent and company.

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That 6-6 non-conference record sure feels like a decade ago for the Washington State men's basketball team. The Cougars won a wild, offensive shootout against Oregon on Thursday to improve to 3-1 in Pac-12 play. Despite losses to UTEP, UC Santa Barbara, Idaho and others earlier in the year, the Cougars have now ripped off three straight conference wins, two of which came on the road.

It's been an impressive stretch for WSU and appears to be a sign things are heading in a positive direction. Regardless of the issues early in the season, Ernie Kent is getting results. The fact he's been able to transform the team this much in just 16 games is incredibly impressive.

A month ago, the Cougars struggled to get much going in a 76-67 loss to Santa Clara. They've only lost once since -- on the road against Stanford -- and have an opportunity to make it four in a row with Oregon State coming to town on Saturday.

There are still some issues and plenty of work to be done, but there is no denying this team is a lot of fun to watch.

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Men's basketball:

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Josh Hawkinson recorded 26 points and 13 rebounds to carry Washington State to a 108-99 overtime win over Oregon on Thursday night.

Football:

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