The Cougars (7-4) led 28-25 at intermission but used a 20-5 run in the second half to put away Division II Western Oregon (9-2).
"We came out lackadaisical," WSU coach Ken Bone said. "I chalk that up to finals week. (On the) offensive end, we didn't play with the energy we needed to."
The Cougars came out energized in the second half and pounded away at the Western Oregon zone.
Marcus Capers started the half with a rebound dunk, and four minutes later Mike Ladd hit a three-pointer that sparked the 20-5 run.
WSU's aggressive man defense was too much for Western Oregon.
WSU senior Abe Lodwick made his first appearance this year after injuring his foot and Faisal Aden, who had been the team's leading scorer, returned after missing three games with a concussion.
Cougs use second half explosion to win
Cougfan Top Stories
Pac-12 DL battle royale brewing for Cougs?BEFORE JOE SALAVE'A flew back to Washington State for the Cougars' Saturday bowl practice and official visit weekend, he had an in-home visit with 3-star DL prospect Miki…
CougfanYesterday at 4:41 PM
WSU kicks off bowl practices SaturdayTHE COUGS may not know where they’re bowling yet but that won’t stop Washington State from holding the first of many bowl practices beginning on Saturday. And while Saturday’s…
CougfanYesterday at 1:45 PM
WSU has in-home with rising OL deciding soonWASHINGTON STATE was in the home of a 6-6, 295-pound junior college offensive lineman on Thursday night. His stock has soared in recent weeks and it looks to be shaping up as a Pac…
CougfanYesterday at 11:09 AM
PFF: WSU o-line among nation's 10 bestWITH THE regular season in the books, Pro Football Focus has graded all the offensive lines in all the games to date. Where does Washington State rank? Spoiler alert: Only one Pac…
CougfanThursday at 12:44 PM