Brock Motum scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Faisal Aden added 18 points and Washington State rallied to beat...
PULLMAN — Brock Motum scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Faisal Aden added 18 points and Washington State rallied to beat Sacramento State 79-68 Thursday night.
Motum gave the Cougars (1-1) their first lead of the night when he hit a put-back with 17:35 to play. The Hornets (2-1) hung around for the next five minutes before getting into foul trouble and allowing Washington State to take control.
“The first half we were a little complacent. They had the jump on us,” Motum said. “We were low on energy.”
DaVonte Lacy added 15 points for the Cougars.
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A year ago, the Cougs had no problem dispatching the Hornets 84-36, but on Thursday, Sacramento State used a quick transition game and a solid inside presence to take an early lead.
“Sac State did a great job,” WSU coach Ken Bone said. “Their transition was very, very good, and we weren’t very quick getting back to their interior guys.”
Washington State came alive in the second half, with Motum scoring 16 of his 23 points. He tied the game for the first time with a three-pointer just after halftime and gave the Cougars their first lead a minute later.
Motum, a 6-foot-10 junior from Brisbane, Australia, had struggled in the paint in the first half, but he found his baby hook and used it often in the second.
“Brock did a great job converting most of his field-goal attempts,” Bone said. “He’s a good guy to get the ball to because he’s so efficient.”
The Cougars took the lead for good, 51-49, on an Aden jumper with just over 12 minutes left.
Other Pac-12 games
No. 15 Arizona 81, at St. John’s 72
Solomon Hill had 15 points to lead Arizona to a roller-coaster victory over St. John’s in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.
The Wildcats (4-0) led 44-41 at halftime and were up 54-47 about five minutes into the second half. St. John’s (3-1) suddenly started running and taking advantage of defensive pressure to go on a 12-2 surge to take a 66-58 lead. But Arizona suddenly found its stroke behind the arc again in a 16-2 run that gave the Wildcats a 74-68 lead with 3:13 to play.
The Wildcats will play Mississippi State in the championship game on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.
At San Diego State 56, USC 54
Xavier Thames scored 12 points, including the game-winning basket with 1.8 seconds remaining, to give San Diego State a victory over USC.
Maurice Jones banked in a long three-pointer to tie the game at 54-54 with 6.8 seconds to go.
Thames took the inbounds pass and dribbled the length of the floor to score on a layup.
Jamaal Franklin scored 14 points to lead San Diego State (4-1), which played its fifth game in seven days.
Jones led USC (1-2) with 15 points, and Garrett Jackson added 13.
At Oregon 73, Eastern Washington 65
Garrett Sim scored 17 points, Tyrone Nared added 15 and Oregon needed a late run to get past Eastern Washington. The Ducks outscored the Eagles 20-8 in the final 7:42, taking advantage of EWU’s depleted lineup after three starters fouled out over a three-minute span midway through the half.
Oregon (1-1) took its first lead of the second half on a layup by Tony Woods to make it 58-57 with 6:22 left. Sim delivered the biggest blow, draining a three-pointer to extend Oregon’s lead to 65-58 with 5:13 to play.
Cliff Colimon led the Eagles (1-2) with 14 points and Tremayne Johnson scored 12. Collin Chiverton, Cliff Ederaine and Laron Griffin all fouled out.
Wichita State 67, Colorado 58
In San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ben Smith scored 17 points and Garrett Stutz had 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead Wichita State over Colorado.
Colorado (1-1) cut its deficit to 53-49 with 7:46 left. But Wichita State (2-0) responded with five consecutive points, then put the game away late with another 5-0 run. Carlon Brown led the Buffaloes with 15 points.
Top 10 games
At No. 4 Connecticut 80, Maine 60
Alex Oriakhi had 16 points and eight rebounds to lead Connecticut to its 14th consecutive win.
Jeremy Lamb also scored 16 points and freshman DeAndre Daniels added 15 for UConn (3-0). Andre Drummond had 11 points and 14 rebounds, while Tyler Olander chipped in 11 points and 10 boards.
At No. 7 Florida 91, North Florida 55
Kenny Boynton scored 20 points and Erving Walker added 17 to help Florida bounce back from a loss at No. 3 Ohio State. Freshman Bradley Beal chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Gators (2-1).