Eastside vs Westside as Seattle comes to Beasley
> The Cougs host Seattle U looking to continue their non-conference dominance having won 14-straight. The last time the two sides met was in the 2019-20 season debut in a game WSU won 85-54.
> WSU opened the season in impressive fashion defeating Alcorn State 85-67 Tuesday afternoon at Beasley Coliseum. The Cougs led from start to finish to win their 99th season opener in program history.
> The new transfer backcourt of Tyrell Roberts and Michael Flowers debuted in style with Roberts leading the way with 16 points while Flowers went for 9 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists.
> TJ Bamba has continued his maturation into a standout scorer off the bench as the second-year guard netted 11 points in the opener, his third-straight game with double-figures dating back to the final two games of the 2020-21 season.
> WSU dominated the glass against Alcorn State going +19 outrebounding the Braves 46-to-27 including 19 offensive rebounds four of which came from Andrej Jakimovski.
GAME INFORMATION - vs SEATTLE U
For the first time since the 2019-20 season the Cougs and the Redhawks meet once again on the hardwood. The last time the two met was in the debut game of head coach Kyle Smith, a game the Cougs dominated to the tune of 85-54, Nov. 7, 2019. The win was the largest margin of victory in for a Coug coach's debut in modern history trailing only Jack Friel's 44-point win in 1928. While the interstate rivalry is even at 9-9 all-time the Cougs have dominated the series in Pullman going 7-1 including winning the last two that have come in 2017 and 2019. The only win for the Redhawks in Pullman came in 1962 before Beasley Coliseum was built.
The Redhawks enter the game 1-0 having also defeated Alcorn State, beating the Braves on a last second three-pointer, 69-66 in Seattle the night after Alcorn State was in Pullman to play the Cougs. Darrion Trammell and Cameron Tyson each had 17 points in the win with Tyson hitting the dagger three in the final second of play.
Washington State continues its opening three-game homestand with UC Santa Barbara coming to the Palouse, Monday Nov. 15. The Gauchos crushed DII San Francisco State, 119-65, Thursday night in their season opener. The Gauchos hold the 2-1 advantage in the all-time series winning the last two including a 71-43 win in the Great Alaska Shootout in the last meeting Nov. 27, 2014.
LAST TIME OUT
Tyrell Roberts hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 points, Jefferson Koulibaly added 13 points and Washington State opened the season with an 85-67 win over Alcorn State on Tuesday. Washington State finished 11 of 34 from distance while Alcorn State was just 4 of 17. TJ Bamba scored 11 points for Washington State and Michael Flowers had nine points, 11 rebounds and six assists. The Cougars had a 44-27 rebounding advantage.
WSU was 24 of 30 from the foul line, and Alcorn State 17 of 21 - with 48 fouls called in the game. The 24 FT made were the most made since hitting 24-of-28 against Washington Feb. 9, 2020.
HOME SWEET HOME
In two seasons under head coach Kyle Smith, the Cougs made the most of their time at home going an impressive 11-5 at home at Beasley Coliseum in back-to-back seasons tying for the most home wins since posting 12 in 2006-07. The 22 wins (at Beasley) for the Cougs in the last two seasons is the second most in a two-year span trailing only the 23 wins posted in 1993-94 (10 wins) and 1994-95 (13 wins).
The Cougs are off and running in 2021-22 at 1-0 inside of Beasley. WSU has won three-straight at home dating back to last season and have run their non-conference home winning streak to 13-straight games on the Palouse.
With the win to open the season the Cougs improved to 1-0 on the year in non-conference play stretching their non-con win streak to 14-straight games dating back to a 78-65 win at Idaho, Nov. Dec. 4, 2019. Last season the Cougs posted a perfect 7-0 record in the shortened year. The undefeated non-con record was the Cougs first since 2007.
The longest non-con win streak for the Cougs is 21 consecutive from 2006-07 – 2008-09.
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