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WSU vs. Utah basketball final score: Utes pummel Cougs, 88-47

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The Cougs hosted Utah, and it didn’t go well for WSU.

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The Washington State Cougars dropped their fourth consecutive game on Wednesday night, falling 88-47 to the Utah Utes at home. WSU never stood a chance, with Utah jumping out to an early 11-2 lead and never really threatened at any point. It wasn’t one large run that led to the blowout, instead it was a number of spurts that allowed the Utes to methodically grow the lead into its final 41-point margin.

WSU’s only real decent stretch of the night came in the first few minutes of the second half, when the Cougs trimmed a 20-point deficit to 13 and were an errant Malachi Flynn jumper away from trimming to 11. The run ended at that moment, with Utah quickly stretching the lead back up to 20 and beyond.

Turnovers hurt the Cougs early, with guard Charles Callison finding himself on the bench for a long chunk of the second half after one-too-many miscues. That meant rare game action for Steven Shpreyregin, who finished 0-5 in 13 minutes.

Shpreyregin wasn’t the only Cougar to struggle from the field. As a team, WSU finished 2-18 on 3s, and made just 7 of 32 shots overall in the second half.

Josh Hawkinson led the Cougs with 19 points on 8-14 from the floor. The senior also added 13 rebounds to notch his 50th career double-double. Flynn added 14 points and hit WSU’s only two 3s.

It was pretty clear that Utah was just more talented across the board. The Utes were led by Kyle Kuzma’s 19-point, 11-rebound performance. Four different players finished in double figures with another two logging nine points.

The Cougars will host Colorado at 1 pm PT on Saturday.