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HCA: Cougs break triple-digits in 103-94 win over CSUN

The Cougs pick up their 4th win on the season at home Tuesday night.

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This season, Washington State basketball has been the Robert Franks show. Tuesday night was no different but, for the first time this season, he was outscored in a WSU victory. Freshman CJ Elleby put up a double-double, with a career-high 23 points and 11 boards, while Franks added 22 points in Washington State’s 103-94 win over Cal State Northridge.

The game marks the first time the Cougs broke triple-digits in regulation since they did it against Centenary back on March 2, 2002. That night, J Lockier (that’s his official name, I looked it up) put up 40 points in the 102-80 victory. The loss was bad enough for the Centenary Gentlemen (that’s their nickname, I looked it up), they dropped from division Division I to Division III in 2011.

WSU got off to a fast start in this one, going on an 8-2 run to start the game and taking a 54-36 lead into the break over the Matadors. In the 2nd half, Robert Franks left the game after a hard foul on a dunk attempt, but the Cougs didn’t let up, going on an 8-0 run over the next 90 seconds to push their lead.

CSUN would rally and cut the lead to 8 points in the final minute. But Franks, who returned from his injury, hit his free throws down the stretch to seal win number 4 on the season for WSU.

“You score 103 points, you have 27 assists in the game and you get as a coach that there’s just something that is not right yet,” WSU Head Coach Ernie Kent said after the game. “I just felt like we could have closed out the game a lot better than we did.”

“I thought we were terrific in the first half, maybe even 5-8 minutes in the 2nd half, before we just completely had mental lapses all over the floor.”

The win is the 4th in a row to start the season for Washington State at home, but it wasn’t impressive by any means. CSUN ranks 328 in Ken Pom’s rankings (out of 353) and the game was closer than it ever should have been.

Next up, Washington State hits the road for the 2nd time this season to take on a good New Mexico State team on Saturday Night. The Aggies are ranked 110 by Ken Pom and sit at 4-1 right now. They have a chance to move to 5-1 when they visit UTEP tonight.

“This group has to know, we’re going into an environment down in New Mexico State right now that, if you let that crowd walk over you and not play smart for 40 minutes, you’re going to be in trouble,” Kent told the media.

The Cougs and Aggies will tip off this Saturday from Las Cruces.

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