Iroegbu sparks Coug win, WSU avoids calamity

WASHINGTON STATE DUG itself a hole against Division II Central Washington in Kennewick on Tuesday night, and it took a long time to fill it. No way around it, the Cougs played flat and uninspired basketball in the first half. But then Ike Iroegbu stepped up. At the end, WSU had moved to 2-0 with an 81-76 win that offered plenty of both good and bad for Cougar hoops fans to ponder.
November 15, 2016

WSU hoops: Expect to see Pollard on D

COUGAR TRUE FRESHMAN Jeff Pollard, with the game on the line in the Cougs' season opener, was right there in the thick of the action. That was no accident, Ernie Kent says. Indeed, Pollard is the Cougs' best defensive big man despite being a true freshman, said Kent. Pollard and the Cougs take on Central Washington Tuesday at 7 pm (Pac-12 Network).
November 15, 2016

Ernie Kent sizes up Cougars' 6 rookies

NEARLY 50 PERCENT of Washington State's men's basketball team will be new to the program this season and one of them reminds head coach Ernie Kent of an old Oregon standout because he's a "great quarterback" at both ends of the court.
August 31, 2016

Josh Hawkinson focuses on NBA advice

IT’S AN interesting feeling. A lot of people tried to explain to me what life would be like post-grad and post-athlete but no one said it would be, for lack of a better word … boring.
June 21, 2016

Hawkinson, Clifford, Iroegbu to return to WSU

AS EXPECTED, Washington State seniors Conor Clifford, Josh Hawkinson and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn their names from the NBA Draft and will return for their senior seasons, the school announced in a release Tuesday.
May 24, 2016

Summer never looked so good to Ernie Kent

CONOR CLIFFORD, Washington State’s 7-foot center who arrived on campus overweight last year, is now in the best shape of his life, Cougar basketball coach Ernie Kent tells The “new and improved” Clifford is one of the many reasons why Kent envisions a turnaround for the Cougars this season.
May 24, 2016

Loss to UW doesn’t dampen Kent’s optimism

WASHINGTON STATE’s 16th loss in a row on Wednesday to close out the basketball regular season wasn’t as close as the 99-91 final score -- the Cougs trailed by 27 points to the Huskies with 7:16 left in the game. But moments after the final buzzer in Seattle, Ernie Kent on the postgame radio show was already looking ahead with optimism to next week’s Pac-12 tournament.
March 2, 2016

WSU's Kent: It's not losing, it's learning

ERNIE KENT refuses to call it losing. Instead, he insists, it's learning. In that spirit, Washington State extended their ‘learning streak’ to 13 games at the hands of Cal, 80-62, on Sunday night in the Cougs' regular season home finale.
February 21, 2016