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Let's do it again, Cougs host Oregon State Thursday

Mar 2, 2022

vs Oregon State (3-25, 1-17) | Thr., March 3 | 8 pm | Beasley Coliseum
  Live Stats | StatBroadcast
  Watch | FS1 (J.B. Long & Steve Lavin)
  Listen | WSU Learfield Radio Network (Matt Chazanow & Craig Ehlo)

OPENING FIVE
> The second half of a back-to-back with the Beavers tips off Thursday in Pullman. The Cougs are in search of their first season sweep of the Beavers since 2011-12 after taking the 103-97 (OT) comeback win Monday night in Corvallis.
> Michael Flowers has his sights set on the legend Klay Thompson's single-season 3PT record (98 in 2011) as the 5th year enters the game at 85 for the season. He hit 6 3PT at OSU Monday while notching 27 points against the Beavers.
> Mouhamed Gueye was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the 4th time - In the last three games he is averaging 18.0 ppg (54.8%), 5.7 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 bpg (including 19 at OSU Monday)
> Despite recent struggles, the Cougs defense continues to be among the elite ranking 37th in defensive rating at 95.5 per 100. WSU has allowed opponents to shoot and effective FG% of just 47.7%.
> WSU's currently sits in 6th place in the Pac-12 looking at a date with Utah in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament next week. The last time the Cougs finished 6th or better was in 2011-12 which was also the last .500 or better season in conference play for WSU.

GAME INFORMATION - vs OREGON STATE
The Cougs are in search of their first season sweep of the Beavers since 2011-12 when WSU won both regular season games and actually went 3-1 in four meetings (falling in the Pac Tournament before winning a third time in the CBI). WSU exorcised some demons Monday beating the Beavers in Corvallis for the first time since 2013 with a comeback win in OT, 103-97. The 13-point comeback was the biggest for the Cougs in Pac-12 play since 2017. WSU is 2-0 at Beasley against the Beavers under head coach Kyle Smith including a 59-55 win last season to tip off Pac-12 play. All-time the Cougs are 79-63 in Pullman in the longest continuous running rivalry in the Pac.

NEXT UP
The Cougs close out the regular season against Oregon Saturday on CBS. WSU is looking for revenge after a suffering a tough three-point loss to the Ducks in Eugene just a few weeks prior. In the game Michael Flowers went for 23 points and nearly single-handedly brought the Cougs back from down 9 in the last minute, hitting back-to-back threes before the game-tying attempt rattled out in the final seconds.

LAST TIME OUT - at OREGON STATE
WSU 103 - OSU 97 (OT) | Feb. 28, 2022 | Corvallis, Ore.
The Cougs needed every bit of a series record 103 points to get past the Beavers in Corvallis, storming back from 13 points down to claim the overtime win and snap a 6-game skid on the road at OSU. Michael Flowers once again led the way scoring 27 points including hitting a critical three in the waning moments to help the Cougs to overtime where Mouhamed Gueye took over, scoring 8 of his 19 in the extra five minutes.

FLOWERS CHASING KLAY
Coming in as one of the best shooters in the country, Michael Flowers is chasing legendary status as the season winds down as the 5th year sniper has the Klay Thompson's WSU single-season three-point record in sight. 
With a minimum three games to play Flowers needs just 13 more three-pointers to tied Klay's record of 98 three-pointers in a season set in 2011.
Flowers currently has 85 three-pointers - 4th all-time | 3rd, Jan-Michael Thomas (1999), 89 : 2nd, Derrick Low (2008), 92
He posted the Cougs' first 30-point game of the year at Washington while tying a career high with 7 made three-pointers.
He is 1st in the Pac in 3pt shooting at 2.9 per game on 39.2% shooting. He has a True Shooting% of 57.0%.
Flowers has hit at least one three-pointer in 34 straight games dating back to his time at South Alabama.
He has posted an offensive rating of 120.5 (107th in the country).
Of eligible FT shooters Flowers is 3rd in the Pac-12 at 86.1% (68-79).
In the last two games Flowers is averaging 28.5 ppg on 19-of-36 (52.7% shooting) including 7-of-12 three-pointers (59.1% shooting) with 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
CAREER- Flowers has scored 2,127 points including hitting 318 three-pointers (both would be WSU records).

GUEYE PAC-12 FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK FOR THE 4TH TIME
In a season in which he should be a senior in high school, freshman Mouhamed Gueye has made a name for himself in the Pac-12 as a four-time conference Freshman of the Week including the most recent award.
Overall, the young forward has posted a team-best three double-doubles on the year including his first Pac-12 double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds against Stanford Jan. 13. He would go for 12 & 11 against ASU Feb. 12.
Gueye would score 25 points in his first Apple Cup game.
In the last three games he is averaging 18.0 ppg (54.8%), 5.7 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 bpg.
Overall, Gueye is averaging 8.1 points (2nd among Pac freshmen) and 5.4 rebounds per game and has been stellar on both ends nabbing 17.4% of defensive chances while grabbing 9.3% on the offensive end. 11 times on the year Gueye has led the Cougs in rebounding.
Freshman Record Book Watch:
25 steals - 10th, Keith Morrison (1983) 27 steals
27 blocks, T4th - T2nd, Rob Corkrum & Efe Abogidi, 36
158 rebounds, 6th - 5th, Stuart House (1977) 167 rebounds

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