The Cougars shot a season-high 55.3 percent from the field, including 50 percent on three-pointers. Shorewood High product Josh Hawkinson has 17 points and 14 rebounds.
PULLMAN — The Washington State basketball team aced its last test on the court before final-exams week kicks off Monday, downing UTEP 84-68 Sunday afternoon at Friel Court.
The Cougars recorded season bests in shooting from the field and from three-point range against a Miners squad that was ranked 18th in the nation in defending both types of shots.
Clearly, the WSU squad was not all that troubled by the Miners’ defense on Sunday.
WSU star Josh Hawkinson of Shorewood High, working inside for the most part, led all players with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Conor Clifford, another effective post player for WSU (6-2), made all five of his field-goal tries and all five of his free throws for 15 points.
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“They thoroughly dominated us with their two big men inside,” UTEP coach Tim Floyd said.
The Cougars shot 55.3 percent from the field, including 50 percent from beyond the three-point arc (8 for 16).
Reserve swingman Derrien King, a junior-college transfer who had five points and one rebound in brief appearances in three games, buried all three of his first-half shots — all from three-point range — and finished with 10 points and six rebounds.
“I’m really proud and happy for Derrien,” coach Ernie Kent said. “There’s a couple more guys sitting over there, when they get on their games, this team has a chance to be really good offensively.”
The Cougars led 39-33 at the break, then pulled away midway through the second half when the game began turning into something of a free-throw marathon. The teams combined for 47 fouls and 62 free throws.