The Cougars took control of the game midway through the first half and never trailed on their way to a 4-0 record to start the season.

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PULLMAN — Josh Hawkinson scored 20 points and guard Ike Iroegbu added 19 to lead Washington State past Texas Southern, 77-65 on Saturday night to remain undefeated at 4-0.

Malcolm Riley scored 23 points and Chris Thomas had 20 for the Tigers (1-5).

Washington State led 47-26 at the half after shooting 60.6 percent from the field and holding Texas Southern to 32.3 percent. The score was tied at 15-15 when the Cougars took control of the game with an 11-0 run midway through the half.

Riley scored 19 points in the second half, when the Tigers shot 57.7 percent to finish at 43.9 for the game. The Cougars shot 55.2 percent for the game, helped by a 28-2 advantage in bench points.

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Hawkinson, a 6-10 junior forward from Shorewood High School, came off the bench after missing the previous game with a groin injury.

Forward Junior Longrus had 10 rebounds

The Cougars’ 4-0 start is their best since 2010, when they started 5-0.

Their next game is Wednesday at home against 10th-ranked Gonzaga (4-1).