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Recap: WSU cruises past Cal Poly, 84-70

Robert Franks scores 30 in his return to action.

NCAA Basketball: Oregon State at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington State Cougars got back to their winning ways on Monday, beating the Cal Poly Mustangs 84-70 in a most familiar fashion: By sharing the ball to take — and make — a bunch of threes.

The Cougs hit 9-of-17 threes in the first half on their way to a 54-27 lead at the break, as they also made 10 of their 16 twos to capitalize on their numerous transition opportunities, thanks to Cal Poly’s 11 first-half turnovers. They only scored nine fast break points, but a bunch of other points came on the secondary break as the Cougs found shooters.

An underrated factor for WSU? They collected 13 offensive rebounds for 19 second chance points, something they haven’t typically produced in Ernie Kent’s tenure.

Robert Franks led the way 30 points — 15 in each half — on 12-of-22 shooting, six rebounds and five assists. New point guard Ahmed Ali, an excellent scorer in junior college, finally found his footing a bit, scoring 12 in the first half on 4-of-5 shooting from deep. He finished with 15 points and six assists with zero turnovers.

The lead grew as big as 31 points early in the second half, and the Cougs mostly cruised from there.

The Cougars will next be in action on Saturday at home against Delaware State. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT and it will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network.