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Looking to get back at it, Cougs host Bears Saturday

Jan 14, 2022

vs Cal (9-8, 2-4) | Sat., Jan. 15 | 1 pm | Beasley Coliseum
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OPENING FIVE
> The Cougs look to regroup Saturday against Cal after falling to Stanford Thursday at Beasley. Last time the Cougs host the Bears WSU came out on top 82-51, the largest margin of victory for the Cougs in a Pac game since 1993. Noah Williams led the way with 32 points in the win.
> Mouhamed Gueye has found his footing in Pac-12 play going for double-digits in each of the last two contests including a double-double (16&11) against Stanford Thursday.
> Tyrell Roberts has been the Cougs best player over the last few weeks leading the team in scoring  in three of four including netting 10 last time out. He has made 13 three-pointers in the last four games including a career high 5 at Utah.
> The Cougs defense continues to be among the elite ranking 27th in defensive rating at 94.1 per 100. WSU has allowed opponents to shoot and effective FG% of just 45.6% (36th in the country).
> WSU's NET fell to 58 after Thursday's loss. The Cougs posted an all-time high of 37 earlier in December.

GAME INFORMATION - vs CAL
The Cougs remain home to take on a resurgent Cal team Saturday afternoon at Beasley Coliseum. The Bears are coming off a tough stretch as they have dropped three-straight, falling against the LA schools last week and then Wednesday night at Washington. On the year the Bears are 9-8 and 2-4 in Pac-12 play with wins over Oregon State and Arizona State. Last season the Cougs swept the Bears including a dominant 82-51 win at home. The 31-point win was the largest margin of victory in a Pac game since 1993. In the win Noah Williams scored a then career high 32 points including 24 in the first half while adding 9 rebounds and 7 assists.

NEXT UP
The Cougs hit the road to take on the Oregon schools beginning with Oregon and finishing with Oregon State. Last season Isaac Bonton scored 23 points and Washington State made 6 of 8 free throws in the final 30 seconds to defeat Oregon 74-71 for 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.
The Ducks are surging having knocked off #3 UCLA Thursday night in Westwood.

LAST TIME OUT - vs STANFORD
STAN 62 - WSU 57 | Jan. 13, 2022 | PULLMAN, WASH.
The Cougs suffered a tough loss at the hands of the Cardinal as a 15 min FG drought in the second half turned a double-digit lead into a double-digit deficit. Despite the struggles the Cougs made it a game late, having a chance to pull to within one possession before ultimately falling. In the loss freshman Mouhamed Gueye continued his ascent posting career highs of 16 points and 11 rebounds for his first Pac-12 double-double.

GUEYE TAKING OVER
In what should be his senior year in high school after reclassifying, freshman Mouhamed Gueye has begun to show the dominant player he can be in the Pac-12 thanks to his 6-11 frame and silky smooth game.
He was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week Monday, Nov. 22 after leading the Cougs to wins over UCSB and at Idaho.
Gueye scored the first points of the season for the Cougs while picking up his first career start. He would post 6 points and 2 rebounds in his first game.
Gueye has started all of the Cougs' games on the year and went for double-digits (10 points) in his second game in the Crimson and Gray. He would score a career-high 13 at Idaho in just 17 minutes. He grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds against Arizona State in his first Pac-12 contest.
He nabbed his first career double-double with 14&10 against Weber State. He scored his first double-digit outing in Pac-12 play at Utah scoring 11 points.
He posted his first Pac-12 double-double against Stanford going for 16&11.
He is averaging 6.9 points and a team-best 5.3 rebounds as well as 0.8 steals and 0.9 blocks per game. He is shooting 50.5% from the floor. On the glass, Gueye has led the Cougs in rebounding in seven games - dominating the defensive glass grabbing 18.1% of the rebound chances.

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