This was a much better performance for the Washington State University Cougars. Finally, the team was really able to put someone away and keep them away. Granted it was the Idaho State Bengals, who may claim a “bottom top ten” on any ESPN list, but you can only play who’s on your schedule and games like these still have to be dominated by the bigger team. The Cougs did just that on Saturday.
The Kennewick Arena at the Toyota Center was the final destination for Washington State in their non-conference journey for 2012, as they will now take a week to prepare for the rival Huskies to invade Beasley Coliseum. The week off will be another chance to get everybody rested and healthy before the conference push and they are already coming off such a week.
It’s noticeable that WSU senior Two-Guard Mike Ladd has been running the point position in recent games and may just find himself there a lot from here on out because he’s been doing a stellar job. On Saturday Ladd dropped 17, pulled in 9 rebounds and garnered 2 assists.
Brock Motum also punched in 17 and DaVonte Lacy scored 16. Bryce Leavitt, another Cougar Guard, got seven minutes in the game and was somewhat of a known commodity it seemed. He was cheered throughout his stint in the game, even to the point of picking up a foul and finished with 2 points, a rebound and an assist.
The Pac-12 opening Washington game on the 5th (next Saturday) will be shown at 6:30 pm on ESPNU. The Cougars will take a 9-4 record into the contest, with a 4 game win streak on the line.