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An early scoring Valentine for Cougs

SURE, JOSH HAWKINSON got another double-double in the Cougs' 85-67 win over Idaho State. And Ike Iroegbu posted a career high 21-points to pace Washington State to its second straight win to open the season. But Valentine Izundu may have drawn the most notice.

And no, not for his defensive prowess, as impressive as his night was around the basket.

Izundu wasn't far off a double-double himself with 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting from the field as well as seven rebounds. The fourth-year junior center, in his first season playing for the Cougars, also racked up six blocks. The storyline on Izundu coming into the season was all about his defense, but in the season's early going he's putting the ball in the basket at a pretty good clip.

Meanwhile, Iroegbu poured in 21 points with 10 coming on free throws and he also had a game-high seven assists.

Hawkinson had his second double-double in as many games this season with 19 points and 14 boards. It's the junior's 22nd career double-double, tying him for sixth on WSU’s career all-time list.

Washington State never trailed but it wasn't until the second half when it pulled away. The Cougs missed 12 of 18 treys in that first half before going to more of an inside game in the second half.

NOTABLE NOTES:

• Junior Renard Suggs reached double-figures for the second straight game with 10 points on Friday night. He also grabbed six rebounds.
• True freshman Viont’e Daniels and junior Charles Callison got their first WSU career starts, with Que Johnson and Ny Redding coming off the bench after starting the opener.
• The Cougars outrebounded the Bengals, 49-35.
• WSU hosts Cal State Los Angeles on Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.


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