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Roadtrip closes in Gill with a rematch against the Beavers

Feb 5, 2021

2020 21 WSU MBB Notes 19 OSU

at Oregon State (9-7, 5-5) | Sun., Feb. 6 | 3 p.m.
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> The Cougs head to Corvallis in search of a season sweep over the Beavers after defeating OSU, 59-55, in the third game of the year back on Dec. 2. The last time WSU swept a home-and-home in the series came in the 2011-12 season. The last time the Cougs won in Corvallis came in 2013.
> WSU is a perfect 14-0 against teams from the Pacific Northwest under head coach Kyle Smith after posting at least one win against UW, ORE, and OSU in back-to-back seasons for the first time since a three-year run in 1993-95.
> Senior Isaac Bonton continues to dominate the Pac-12 scoring 20+ in each of the last three games while averaging 20.3 ppg in Pac-12 play. In two career games against OSU, Bonton has scored 51 points.
> Sophomore Noah Williams continues his turn to elite status having scored 14+ in each of his last six contests. Additionally, he has been the Cougs best from deep on the year hitting 31-69 (.449), fifth among Pac-12 shooters.
> Freshmen have powered the Cougs as Efe Abogidi (18), Andrej Jakimovski (15), and Dishon Jackson (9) have moved into the starting lineup. Their combined 42 starts is the tied second most in Division I with KState, trailing only Kentucky's 47,

The Cougs finish their road trip, having played 8 of the last 10 away from Pullman, with a trip to Corvallis to take on Oregon State. The game marks the second of the year against the Beavers, who the Cougs defeated in the Pac-12 opener on Dec. 2, rallying in the second half to grab their second-straight win over OSU. The Beavers, had won three-straight over ASU, USC, and Oregon, before dropping their last two on the road to USC and UCLA. The Cougs are looking for their third-straight win over OSU for the first time since winning four-straight in 2011&2012.
In two games against the Beavers, senior Isaac Bonton has been unstoppable scoring a combined 51 points (both at Pullman)

WSU 74 - ORE 71 | Feb. 4, 2021 | Eugene, Ore.

Isaac Bonton scored 23 points and Washington State made 6 of 8 free throws in the final 30 seconds to defeat Oregon 74-71 on Thursday night, the Cougars' first win in Eugene since 2009 and first-ever in Matthew Knight Arena. The Cougs led for the final 17 minutes in a tight contest to earn their second-straight over the Ducks.

Isaac Bonton had 15 points, seven assists and three steals, DJ Rodman scored all his career-high 13 points in the second half, and Washington State beat Oregon State 59-55. Aljaz Kunc and Noah Williams scored 12 points apiece for WSU (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12). The Cougs rallied from 10 down in the second half to come up with the win over the Beavers, their second-straight in the series for the first time since 2012.

In his second season at WSU, head coach Kyle Smith has proven dominant against regional rivals as the Cougs are perfect in the Pacific Northwest at 14-0.
In 2020-21, the Cougs have defeated Oregon, Washington, Eastern Washington, Oregon State, Idaho, Portland State, and Montana State to keep their record perfect.
Last season the Cougs reigned supreme in the Pacific Northwest sweeping UW, Oregon, and Oregon State in Pac-12 play while beating. Seattle, Idaho, and Idaho State for good measure in non-conference play. In addition, WSU beat Eastern Washington and Montana in closed scrimmages prior to the start of the regular season.

In their record run against the Pacific Northwest, the Cougs have controlled the scoreboard against the regional rivals in the Pac-12 going a perfect 7-0 against UW (3), OSU (2), UO (2). With the win over Oregon (Feb. 4), the Cougs won at least one game against the regional rivals in back-to-back seasons for the first time since winning three straight seasons from 1993-95.
At 7-0 with two games remaining against OSU and UW, the Cougs are in search of their first perfect two-year swing against the regional rivals in the Pac-12 history.

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