THE COUGARS responded. After Ernie Kent ripped his team following a mistake-filled loss to Arizona on Thursday, Washington State (12-15, 5-10) played one of its best games of the season in an 86-71 win over Arizona State (13-15, 6-9). The victory completing a WSU season sweep of a conference opponent for the first time since 2011-12. The win also featured the Cougars flipping the script on so many trouble spots this season.
ERNIE KENT cited a series of “blown defensive assignments” midway through the second half that led to the 86-77 loss to USC before changing his mind a bit. “Maybe I shouldn’t use the word blown, they (USC) just stepped up and made big plays,” Kent told Matt Chazanow on the Cougar Radio Network. But there was no getting around WSU’s second half defense in the box score.
February 4, 2017
Normally when the best player on the team is lost for the game and then the leading scorer goes cold it is terrible news. However, the Oregon Ducks, behind the hot shooting of Chris Boucher, overwhelmed the Washington State Cougars, 85-66 in Pullman, Wash., on Saturday afternoon.
January 8, 2017
PULLMAN – The upstart Cougars played with energy, tempo and fluid transitions in the first half Saturday on the hardcourt vs. No. 15 Oregon – the game was tied at the break. But Washington State hit a wall in the second half with head man Ernie Kent saying the Cougs didn’t match the Ducks’ second half energy in the 85-66 loss. The biggest evidence of that?
January 7, 2017