Washington State dug itself a huge hole in the Desert on Wednesday night. One of those holes that you can’t dig out of, especially as limited as the Cougars are on the floor right now, missing their second leading scorer and make-shift point-man Mike Ladd. But at least they tried, in a valiant final 10 minutes.
At one point WSU was down 21 points at 49-28 and the Devils were blitzing the Cougs from all angles. At that point Washington State decided to bring some energy back into their game and at the same time Arizona State fell asleep at the wheel a little bit. The game would tighten up and was within 8 at around the 3 minute mark, but the free throw line and a couple terribly executed Cougar possessions kept ASU’s lead in tact.
Senior Carrick Felix and freshman Jahii Carson did in the Cougs for the second time this year, scoring 23 and 21, respectively. Lacking defense left the two most productive scorers for the Devils open time and time again early in the game.
WSU picked up 17 from Brock Motum, 16 from Royce Woolridge and 15 from DaVonte Lacy. However the rest of the team chipped in with a whopping total of 9 points. The record falls to 11-16 (2-12) and the Cougars are Saturday away from their worst season in 7. Also a 20 loss season looks probable, for the first time in a decade.
The Cougars travel to Tuscon to try and play better against the 12th ranked Wildcats, who are coming off of a drubbing of Washington, 70-52. Not looking good folks, not looking good.