After splitting their first two games of the Paradise Jam Tourmament, the Cougars found themselves playing Loyola of Chicago for 4th place in the tournament. After falling behind early, the Cougars figured out some of their problems but we're still unable to finish their second-half comeback and came up short 88-79 in their last game in the U.S. Virgin Islands
Washington State (3-2) fell behind 38-30 at the half but utilized an 11-point second half from Josh Hawkinson to cut the deficit to 5 in the final minute. The Ramblers (5-1) hit 5 of their 6 free throws to finish the game and push their lead to 9.
it was a rough game for the Cougars as they finished with 19 turnovers with 11 coming in the first half. Loyola had no problem taking advantage of those turnovers as they scored 24 points off of them. To add onto their turnover problem, the Cougars struggled to rebound the ball and finished with just one more rebound than Loyola.
The Cougars had five players score in double digits as Hawkinson finished with 15, Conor Clifford finished with 12, Malachi Flynn and Charles Callison finished with 10 each, and Ike Iregbu led the Cougars scoring with 19-points.
Washington State will return home on Sunday to take on San Jose State at 3:00 pm in Pullman in their first game in town since November 11th.