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NCAA Basketball: Washington State at Oregon Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

What if I told you Washington State would shoot 77 percent for an entire half of basketball. What if I also told you the Cougars would go on to lose that very same game by 20 points.

Both of those things came true on Sunday against Oregon. The Cougars made 17 of 22 shots in the first half including 4 of 6 from three-point range. Somehow, however, that blistering start was only good for a 39-34 lead at halftime.

Shockingly, making three out of four shots was not sustainable. WSU went cold in the second half, making 8 of 24 from the floor and 2 of 11 from three, and the Ducks blew the game open on the way to a 78-58 victory. The Cougs scored just 19 points in the second half.

Robert Franks led the way offensively, finishing with 19 points. CJ Elleby chipped in 15 points to go along with eight rebounds and seven assists.

The loss dropped WSU to 8-12 on the season and 1-6 in the Pac-12. The Cougars return to Pullman this week where they will host UCLA on Thursday.

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Men’s basketball:

King, Wooten lead Oregon past Washington State 78-58 - The Washington Post
Louis King scored 13 of his 22 points in the second half and Kenny Wooten had 20 to help Oregon rally past Washington State 78-58

Rewinding Oregon’s 78-58 win over Washington State | oregonlive.com
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Women’s basketball:

OSU women's basketball: Beavers grind out win over Cougars | Basketball | gazettetimes.com
PULLMAN, Wash. — After blistering the nets in a 47-point win at Washington on Friday night, the No. 9 Oregon State women’s basketball team had to play a grind-it-out game

Pivec leads No. 9 Oregon State over Washington State 52-35 - StarTribune.com
The bricks piled up for both No. 9 Oregon State and Washington State, but the Beavers shot and defended a bit better.

Football:

Gage Gubrud will transfer to Washington State — if he gets sixth year | The Seattle Times
FCS All-American quarterback at Eastern Washington saw his career end early with toe injury.

Washington State receives commitment from junior college offensive tackle Jimmy Price | The Spokesman-Review
Still looking to replenish on its offensive line, Washington State received a commitment from a junior college offensive tackle Saturday night.