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Back in Beasley, Cougs Host Utah Thursday

Jan 20, 2021

2020 21 WSU MBB Notes 14 UTAH

WASHINGTON STATE (9-4, 2-4)
vs Utah (5-6, 2-5) | Thr., Jan. 21 | 7 p.m.
  Live Stats | SidearmStats
  Watch | Pac-12 Network (Greg Heister & Dan Dickau)
  Listen | WSU IMG Radio Network (Matt Chazanow & Craig Ehlo)

OPENING FIVE
> Cougs look to get back on track as they return home after two weeks on the road. WSU is 8-1 at home on the year where they have outscored opponents by nearly 10 points per game.
> Thursday's game pits WSU vs Utah, a squad which has won that last 12 matchups between the two teams and is coming off of a split with the Bay Area schools with an upset of Stanford and a stunning loss to Cal.
> Senior Isaac Bonton continues his hot streak 2021 averaging 23.0 ppg on 51.8% (44-85) shooting including hitting 46.9% (15-32) from deep while also averaging 4.6 assists per game. His 30-game double-digit streak is the second-longest active streak in the country.
> Freshmen have powered the Cougs as Efe Abogidi (13), Andrej Jakimovski (11), and Dishon Jackson (5) have moved into the starting lineup. Their combined 29 starts is the fourth most in Division I.
> Freshman Dishon Jackson has found his footing in the starting lineup and has averaged 7.4 ppg and 4.6 rpg in the last five contests. He went for a career-best 14 & 7 at USC in the Cougs last outing.

GAME INFORMATION - VS UTAH
The Cougs return home after two weeks on the road to take on a Utah squad coming off of a split in Salt Lake City with the Bay Area schools. The Utes picked up an upset of Stanford to start the weekend before being stunned by Cal to finish off their homestand. Timmy Allen leads the way at 17.3 ppg. The Utes have won the last 12 matchups between the two teams but have not won on the road in conference play since winning on the Palouse Feb. 23, 2019.

LAST TIME OUT - AT USC
USC 85 - WSU 77 | Jan. 16, 2021 | Los Angeles

The Cougs mounted a second half comeback in LA only to fall short in the final minutes against the Trojans. Isaac Bonton continued his hot play in January scoring a game-high 27 while freshmen Dishon Jackson (14&7) and Efe Abogidi (10&12) went toe-to-toe with the NBA front court of the Trojans in their first meeting.

NEW YEAR SAME BONTON
The Cougs top scorer, Isaac Bonton continues to fill it up on the scoreboard as the senior has run his streak team-best double-digit scoring streak to 30-straight games dating back to Dec. 21, 2019 against Incarnate Word. He has 37 career double-digit scoring games. The streak is the second-longest active streak in country behind Iowa's Luka Garza.
In 2021, Bonton has been especially hot averaging 23.0 ppg on 51.8% (44-85) shooting including hitting 46.9% (15-32) from deep while also averaging 4.6 assists per game.
On the year, Bonton is averaging 18.9 ppg, 2nd among all Pac-12 scorers. He is also third on the team in rebounding at 4.5 rpg. 
He has five times gone for 20+ points (four in the last five games) including a season-high 28 in the opener and 27 at USC. He has 10 career 20+ point scoring effort. 
On the year the senior is third in the conference in getting to the line with 73 attempts (47th in the country) and makes at 48. 
In addition to his offensive spark, Bonton has been the Cougs' best perimeter defender having posted a team-best 23 steals on the year including 12 in the last five games. 

HOME SWEET HOME
In a new era under head coach Kyle Smith, the Cougs have made the most of their time at home going 8-1 to start the year at Beasley Coliseum with their lone loss coming in double-overtime to Arizona.
Last year, WSU was 12-5 in home games (11 at Beasley Coliseum). The 12 wins tied for the most in a single season in the past 20 years since winning 12 in 2006-07.
The big difference this season has been turnover margin WSU is -0.8 at home and -6.5 on the road. Additionally, the Cougs at +9.4 points at home while -10.5 points on the road (allowing 17 more points on the road than at home).

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