The Pac-12 Basketball All-Stars, which included WSU forward Josh Hawkinson, have wrapped up an overseas trip to Australia where they played several exhibitions games, including two against the Australian Men's National Basketball team.
On Tuesday, the Pac-12 fell by a score of 92-83 against the Boomers as Hawkinson recorded two points on 1-for-3 shooting from the floor in 15:53 of action and former Coug Aron Baynes scored 28 points for the Boomers which lead all scorers. Hawkinston did grab four defensive rebounds, while another former Coug, Brock Motum, added six points for Australia as well.
Thursday's rematch between the two teams ended with a decisive 93-63 victory for Australia. The 30-point win was much more convincing for a team that is less than a month away from traveling to Brazil to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Baynes and Motum combined for 33 points while Hawkinson added another two points off the bench for the Pac-12 team in 11:03 of game time.
Neither outcome was all that surprising considering the Boomers are loaded with pros from the NBA and Europe. But the trip wasn't all about competition! Here's Hawkinson and Motum doing their Coug thing:
The players also got to experience the cultural side of Australia:
With the trip now over, the Pac-12 All-Stars are just weeks away from off-season conditioning and workouts before practices begin for the 2016-2017 season.
Two key points about Coug D from Mike Leach at media day - Washington State - Scout
HOLLYWOOD – One of the main storylines for Washington State in 2016 is how much the Cougs can build off of last year's gains on defense. Mike Leach in talking about the stop corps at media day brought up two key points worth noting.
Cougars’ Marks ready for bigger role | Washington State University | union-bulletin.com
When Gabe Marks was fighting to recover from an internal staph infection that almost cost him his life two years ago, there were days when he wondered why it had to happen to him.
Roy Manning encourages kids to play multiple sports
Former Wolverines linebacker talks about benefits of sports beyond football at Youth Impact Program at U-M
Washington State's Mike Leach: It was sneakier than hell - Washington State - Scout
HOLLYWOOD -- Reprehensible, dubious, self-serving, selfish, sneakier than hell, pitiful and disguised in a lie. What was Washington State’s Mike Leach referring to at media day?
Cougar Parker Henry’s daily offseason routine and the never ending search for AC - Washington State - Scout
HOLLYWOOD – So you want to be a college football player at Washington State. That means getting up early in the summer to get running work in, and then fueling up before a lifting session. If you’re nickel back Parker Henry, it also means 7-on-7 work and of course, breaking down film. The fifth-year senior covered a wide variety of subjects with CF.C at media day.
VIDEO: WSU’s Mike Leach likes his starting five, but what about o-line depth? - Washington State - Scout
HOLLYWOOD – Mike Leach thinks his starting five on the offensive line is pretty good and singled out third-year sophomore LT Andre Dillard for some media day praise.