HOOPS: Good and bad on display in WSU OT win

WASHINGTON STATE needed overtime to dispatch Texas State 78-73 on Friday night and one statistic told the story more than any other.

WSU allowed Texas State to shoot a scalding 59.3 percent in the second half, outscoring WSU 37-30. 

Interestingly, Ernie Kent said after the game the Cougars' defense actually improved in the final half over the first.  Texas State scored 29 points and shot 36.7 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes.

Ike Iroegbu led the Cougars (7-2) with 18 points, including a key 3-point play with WSU leading by one in overtime that pretty much sealed it. Josh Hawkinson added 17 points and 12 rebounds before a crowd of 1,233.

Hawkinson is now tied with Carlos Daniel for fourth on WSU’s career double-double list with 26.  Center Conor Clifford reached double figures with 11 points on 5 of 7 shooting.

WSU students finished up their final exams on Friday.

"I looked at this as a final exam," Kent said of the Cougs’ overtime win. "I didn't think we had a great grade - maybe a C, C-plus."

The Cougars outrebounded the smaller Bobcats 43-21, but Texas State outscored WSU 42-38 in the paint.

The Cougars next head to Honolulu for the 2015 Diamond Head Classic and a date with No. 3 Oklahoma in their opener. Tuesday's game will tip off at 8 p.m. PT/6 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU.

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