Conor Clifford scores 18 points to lead the Cougars to their third consecutive victory.
PULLMAN — Conor Clifford led a balanced Washington State offense with 18 points as the Cougars rolled to a 74-57 win over Cal State-Los Angeles on Tuesday night.
Que Johnson scored 15 points for the Cougars (3-0) at Beasley Coliseum. WSU played without leading scorer and rebounder Josh Hawkinson, who sat out with a groin injury.
Joshua Munzon led the Golden Eagles (0-5), an NCAA Division II team, with 24 points. Munzon sank 11 of 13 shots from the field.
The Eagles shot 42.3 percent from the field, compared to 53.8 percent for Washington State.
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The Cougars led from the opening minutes and built a 37-25 lead by halftime. Munzon sank all seven of his field-goal attempts in the half for 15 points. Only three other Eagles scored by halftime, and Geoffrey Frid (six points) was the only one of those players with more than two points.
WSU finished with a 40-7 advantage in bench points.
“It shows how deep we are and how talented we can be,” WSU guard Ike Iroegbu said. “Josh is a great player, has double-doubles (10 or more points and rebounds) every night. But without him, we still ended up winning by 17.
“I think that shows you that we have the ability to go ‘next man up’ (in case of an injury).”