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Final Home Weekend Begins with the Bears

Feb 17, 2021

2020 21 WSU MBB Notes 23 CAL

WASHINGTON STATE (12-10, 5-10)
vs Cal (8-15, 3-13) | Thr., Feb. 18 | 7:30 p.m.
  Live Stats | SideArm Stats
  Watch | Pac-12 Network (Greg Heister & P. J. Carlesimo)
  Listen | WSU IMG Radio Network (Matt Chazanow & Craig Ehlo)

OPENING FIVE
> The Cougs begin their final home weekend of the regular season Thursday with Cal coming to town. WSU looks for its first sweep of the Bears since 2018 when starting a three-game win streak. 
> Earlier in the season, the Cougs defeated the Bears at Berkeley, 71-60, behind 22 from Isaac Bonton. Cal was without its top scorer as Matt Bradley missed the game due to injury.
> Last time out the Cougs fell to Washington for the first time under Kyle Smith as the Huskies scored in the final seconds to take a 65-63 win at Beasley. The loss was the second-straight for the Cougs at home.
> Senior Isaac Bonton missed the Cougs game against UW with a lower leg injury. He enters the week having scored 20+ in four of the last six games  (26 against UCLA) while averaging 19.5 ppg in Pac-12 play.
> Freshman Dishon Jackson has continued his development as one of the top big men in the Pac-12 having posted double-digit points in each of the last two games including a career-high 18 against #20 USC.

GAME INFORMATION - vs CAL
The Cougs begin their final home weekend with the Bay Area Schools coming to town beginning with a rematch against Cal. The Bears are coming off a big win over Colorado Saturday as they defeated the Buffs, 71-62, at Berkeley behind 28 points from Matt Bradley (the third leading scorer in the Pac-12). Last time the Cougs faced the Bears, WSU took a 71-60 win over Cal at Berkeley, the first road conference win of the year for the Cougs. Cal was without Bradley in the contest as senior Isaac Bonton took particular advantage scoring 22 in the win. 
The Cougs are in search of their first season sweep of the Bears since 2018 when they kick started a three-game winning-streak against Cal. WSU is looking to even its record at home against Cal entering the game 31-32 all-time at Pullman.

LAST TIME OUT - vs WASHINGTON
UW 65 - WSU 63 | Feb. 15, 2021 | Pullman, Wash.

Playing without their leading scorer, Isaac Bonton, the Cougs suffered a heartbreaker to rival Washington as the Huskies scored the game-winner with :02.9 left on the clock to beat WSU for the first time in two seasons. In the loss, junior Aljaz Kunc tied a career high with 14 points going a perfect 5-for-5 from the field.

KUNC BACK AT IT
After battling an ankle injury most of the year, junior Aljaz Kunc, the longest tenured Coug, has picked up where he left off as the Cougs' most consistent contributor off the bench. The third-year Coug has found his groove in February (four games, missed OSU due to illness) as he has hit double figures in three of the four contest.
In five games, Kunc is averaging 11.0 ppg (58.3% FG, 57.1% 3PT, 88.9% FT) while averaging 5.0 rpg. He tied a career high with 14 points against Washington when he went 5-for-5 from the floor.

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