Rivalry Week, Cougs Head West For The Boeing Apple Cup Series
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> The rivalry continues as the first half of the Boeing Apple Cup Series commences Sunday in Seattle as the Cougs take on the Huskies. WSU swept the season series last season including a 78-74 win in Seattle.
> WSU is a perfect 12-0 against teams from the Pacific Northwest under head coach Kyle Smith who became the 4th coach in WSU history to sweep the Huskies in his first season.
> Sophomore Noah Williams continues his transformation into one of the best two-way players in the Pac-12 as the defensive ace has scored in double-figures in 12 of 16 games including 31 combined in two games against Colorado. He has been nails from deep hitting a team-best 27-for-56 (48.2%) on the year including going 15-for-26 (57.7%) in the last five games.
> Freshmen have powered the Cougs as Efe Abogidi (16), Andrej Jakimovski (14), and Dishon Jackson (7) have moved into the starting lineup. Their combined 37 starts is the fourth most in Division I.
> Freshman Dishon Jackson has emerged in the post for the Cougs in Pac-12 play having posted three double-digit scoring games in his last four contests. The 6-10 center leads the team shooting 49.1% from the field and is averaging 7.0 ppg in Pac-12 play.
GAME INFORMATION - AT WASHINGTON
The first half of the Boeing Apple Cup Series tips off in Seattle Sunday as the Cougs travel west to take on the suddenly redhot Huskies. Washington was winless in Pac-12 play before sweeping Colorado and Utah last weekend. Washington nearly upset the previous undefeated UCLA Bruins the week prior. WSU enters the weekend having swept the season series last year between the two rivals including a 78-74 win in Seattle.
LAST TIME OUT - AT COLORADO
COLORADO 70 - WSU 58 | Jan. 27, 2021 | Pullman
The Cougs rallied back from down 19 but came up short in the end as the Buffs swept the season series between the two teams. WSU was without leading scorer Isaac Bonton who missed the contest due to illness. Noah Williams continued his stellar offensive season with 15 points to lead the Cougs while freshmen TJ Bamba (13) and Dishon Jackson (12 & 8) both had breakout Pac-12 games.
BOEING APPLE CUP
The rivalry continues between the Cougs and the Huskies with the first half of the Boeing Apple Cup Series. While both teams have a ton of new faces there are still a handful of holdovers from last season when the Cougs swept the Huskies taking both games in the season series.
In two games, senior Isaac Bonton averaged 16.0 ppg (33.3%) while sophomore Noah Williams averaged 12.5 ppg (46.7%). In Seattle, Bonton came up with a 20 point effort while Williams notched 15 points in his hometown drilling 9-of-10 from the line including a game-sealing pair with :05 remaining in the game to give the Cougs a 78-74 win in Seattle.
Head Coach Kyle Smith became 4th Coug first year head coach to sweep UW in his first season. The win was WSU's lone road win in Pac-12 play.
JACKSON AN EMERGING MONSTER
The youngest player on the Cougars roster at barely over 18 years old, freshman Dishon Jackson has emerged as a monster in the post for the Cougs despite facing off against some of the best post players in the country in the Pac-12. Jackson moved into the Cougs' starting lineup Jan. 2 against Arizona cementing himself as a threat on both ends of the court.
Since the calendar flipped to 2021, Jackson has started seven games and scored in double-figures three times including back-to-back efforts against Colorado. Against the Pac-12, Jackson is averaging 7.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, and 1.3 bpg.
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