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Looking to close out strong, Cougs host Stanford Saturday

Feb 19, 2021

2020 21 WSU MBB Notes 24 STAN

WASHINGTON STATE (13-10, 6-10)
vs Stanford (13-8, 9-6) | Sat., Feb. 20 | 1 p.m.
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> The Cougs are coming off an epic win over Cal Thursday in which WSU defeated the Bears by 31 (82-51), the largest margin of victory in a Pac game since 1993. The win matched the largest win in the Kyle Smith era, a 31-point win over Seattle U in his debut on the sidelines last season.
> WSU is looking to continue their epic weekend with a clash against Stanford Saturday. The Cardinal have won the last nine matchups including a 75-60 win at Santa Cruz earlier in the year.
> Sophomore Noah Williams went super nova Thursday scoring a career high 32 points (24 in the 1st half) while adding 9 rebounds, 7 assists (2nd straight game with 7 assists)
> Freshman Andrej Jakimovski did his best Luka Doncic impression Thursday with an 11 point, 7 rebound, 9 assist night vs Cal. The 9 assists was the most for a Coug in 2019 and the most for WSU front court player since CJ Elleby dropped 9 at Arizona State (02/07/19). In two games back from injury, he has found his groove from deep hitting 5-for-10 from deep.
> Youth has been served with the freshmen starting 52 combined games, third most in the country behind Kentucky (60) and Kansas State (54). Four freshmen have started games, the most for WSU since the 2004-05 season when five different freshmen picked up starts (record 53 freshmen starts).

The Cougs finish the home regular season against Stanford Saturday on ESPN2. Stanford enters the weekend fifth in the standings after defeating Washington 79-61 Thursday night. The Cardinal have won the last nine against the Cougs including the early season matchup in Santa Cruz, 75-60. The Cougs rallied back into the game late, but could not finish off the comeback as the Cardinals' Oscar de Silva took over in the final minutes and finished the contest with 27&13 to lead Stanford to the win.

WSU 82 - CAL 51 | Feb. 18, 2021 | Pullman, Wash.

Thursday night the shorthanded Cougs produced a win for the ages defeating Cal 82-51 for a 31-point victory. The win was the largest margin of victory for WSU in a Pac game since 1993 when the Cougs defeated Stanford by 33. Additionally, the win matched the largest margin of win in the Kyle Smith Era matching his 31-point win in his debut on the sideline against Seattle U last season.
In addition to the points, the Cougs were efficient against the Bears shooting 51.7% (30-58) the highest % in Pac play since shooting 54.3% (25-46) at Oregon, 1/27/19. The Cougs added 22 assists, a season-high, to go along with just 7 turnovers. The win was made possible by a super nova effort out of Noah Williams as the sophomore dropped 32 points in 30 minutes while posting 9 rebounds and 7 assists. 

Sophomore Noah Williams went super nova Thursday vs Cal scoring a career high 32 points (24 in the first half) on 12-20 shooting including 4-6 from deep in just 30 minutes. Not only scoring, he led the Cougs in rebounding with 9 and dished out a career-best 7 assists for the second straight game (both games running point with Bonton out).
In all, Williams has scored in double-figures in a team-best 17 games including three 20+ point (1 30+ point) games. He has done his work from deep going 37-90 (.411)
At the line, Williams has put together separate streaks of 16-straight and 14-straight and is 62-for-77 (80.5%) from the charity stripe on the year, 7th in the Pac-12.
He has drawn a team-best 10 charges, including a pair of charges in the final seconds (:16 sec vs TSU, :03 sec vs EWU) of both the first two games to seal comeback victories for the Cougs.
He is one of two Cougs to have started in and played in all 23 games.

After sitting out the LA series to rest a groin injury, freshman Andrej Jakimovski reemerged looking like his favorite player, Luka Doncic, as the big point forward put on a show against Cal, flirting with a triple-double with 11 points, 7 rebound, 9 assists. The 9 assists was a season-high for the Cougs and the most since Jaylen Shead dished out 9 at Idaho 12/04/19. It was the most by a forward for the Cougs since CJ Elleby handed out 9 at Arizona State 2/7/19.
The sophomore sniper has refound his groove shooting hitting 5-for-10 from deep in the last two games since return. In the two games he is averaging 8.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists in 23.5 minutes per game.

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