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Photo Gallery: WSU men’s basketball season ends in NIT semis against Texas A&M

NEW YORK CITY, NY - MARCH 29: Washington State Cougars face off against the Texas A&M Aggies in the NIT Final Four at Madison Square Garden - Washington State guard Tyrell Roberts (2) Jack Ellis/CougCenter

It has been quite the season for Washington State Cougars basketball. After a regular season that consisted of dominant victories and head-scratching losses, WSU began clicking late and won three postseason games (tied for the most in program history) en route to the NIT semifinals in Madison Square Garden. They fell short of the ultimate goal of a championship, however, by dropping the matchup against Texas A&M of the SEC by a score of 72-56.

Both offenses got off to a slow start, shooting sub-20% from the field and only scoring a combined 15 points in the first nine minutes of the game. It was A&M who broke through the lull first, dominating the paint and going on a major run to take a six-point lead going into halftime.

Tyrell Roberts led the Cougars with 14 points, but struggled with ball security and turned the ball over three times and made several other sloppy passes that led to turnovers. One confusing coaching decision was the minutes allocated to Mouhamed Gueye (11) and Efe Abogidi (21). Foul trouble was not an issue, but certainly contributed to WSU’s inability to stop A&M in the paint. Ultimately the game was not close, but it should not be how we remember the 2021-22 men’s basketball program.

Kyle Smith’s third season in Pullman has officially come to a close, and his vision for this program is finally coming together. Should WSU avoid getting crushed by the transfer portal and improve its guard play, greater heights should be the expectation going into 2023. Go Cougs!

Missed previous photo galleries? Check them out below!

Photo Gallery: WSU men’s basketball defeats Oregon and OSU to close out regular season

Photo Gallery: WSU men’s basketball outmuscles Washington

Photo Gallery: WSU women’s basketball shines against ASU and Arizona

Photo Gallery: WSU men’s basketball sweeps Utah and Colorado

Photo Gallery: WSU men’s basketball vs. Stanford and Cal

Photo Gallery: WSU women’s basketball vs. Oregon State and Washington

Photo Gallery: A basketball-filled weekend on the Palouse