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Hawk, Iroegbu finally get Gonzaga in Pullman

PULLMAN – It’s Game Day! Washington State hosts mid-major Gonzaga (8 p.m., Fox Sports 1) and although this will be the third time Ike Iroegbu and Josh Hawkinson have played the ‘Zags, it will be the first time the juniors get to play them in Beasley.

While Hawkinson at 6-10 fills any doorway, he says it’ll be something new being one of the "smaller" guys out on the floor Wednesday with the height of the Gonzaga front court. They also have more than just bigs, the 'Zags are ranked No. 12 in the nation and come into the game with a 4-1 mark. Meanwhile, Iroegbu says playing less point guard has helped him shoot the ball better. His statistics back up the claim.

Iroegbu is averaging 13.8 points per game, 52 percent shooting from the floor and 58 percent from 3-point land. Granted, it’s too early to draw a true apples to apple comparisons given this season is just four games old and WSU’s opponents hold a combined 4-16 mark.  But for what it’s worth, last season Iroegbu averaged 8.9 ppg, 44 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point land. Iroegbu scored 14 points in last year's Gonzaga game and 20 in his freshman season against the ‘Zags.

Hawkinson said despite all the size on the court between WSU-Gonzaga, don’t sleep on 6-7 Junior Longrus.  

“He’s the backbone of our team. He’s everywhere on defense, just provides that spark for us,” said Hawkinson.




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