The Washington State Cougars finished off their home non-conference schedule last night by holding off Texas State, 78-73, Friday night at Beasley Coliseum.
Four Cougars would end-up in double digits, including Josh Hawkinson, who scored 17 points and snagged 12 rebounds. Hawkinson logged his fourth straight double-double and his sixth of the season. Other Cougar scorers that finished with double-digits were Ike Iroegbu, who's 18 points led all Cougars, Que Johnson who tallied 13 points, and Connor Clifford with 11 points.
The Cougars shot 53.7% from the field and 6-of-15 from beyond the arc. By shooting this well, the team managed to make up for another turnover-prone game, as the Cougars gave the ball away 20 times. The Cougs also hit the glass coming up with 43 rebounds to the Bobcats' 21.
Texas State weathered the storm early on, leading for much of the first ten minutes. But the Cougars, powered by Iroegbu and Que Johnson, would go to lead 36-29 at the break.
The second half was a back-and-forth affair, in which the Bobcats outscored the Cougars 37-30. With late pushes to tie the ball game, the Bobcats were able to force the Cougs into overtime. In the extra period, Iroegbu would convert on an important 3-point play that would put the game out of reach.
WSU's defense could not stop the Bobcats' Emani Grant, who scored a career high 24 points in the loss. But the WSU defense prevented Grant from converting any field goals in overtime.
After the game Coach Kent referred to his team's performance as "maybe a C, C-plus". And that grade is spot on. Despite being sloppy on both ends of the court the team found a way to win. And that is a trait that a team has to have if they want to be successful.
Overall the 78-73 win was far from perfect but it was a win. WSU improved to 7-2 on the season.
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PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Ike Iroegbu scored 18 points, including a key 3-point play in overtime, to spark Washington State to a 78-73 victory over Texas State on Friday night.
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