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Motum quiet as WSU again falters down stretch

MIKE LADD

ONE FACT SHOULD be clear 10 games into Pac-12 play: Washington State cannot afford mediocre performances from senior center Brock Motum. The Cougars stayed close – and even led at times despite Motum going more than 13 minutes without points to start the game – but it was not enough as the Cougars lost 72-68 on Thursday at USC.

WSU (11-12 overall, 2-8 conference) now has just one win in eight Pac-12 games when Motum is held to fewer than 20 points. Five points or less has determined three of those. Close games often have been the case against the Trojans (10-13, 5-5) under both Ken Bone and former coach Tony Bennett. But the result usually has favored the Cougars, who won five of the last six contests against USC...

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