PULLMAN — Que Johnson scored 19 points and Royce Woolridge added 16 as Washington State routed Mississippi Valley State 85-48 on Saturday.
The Cougars did it without their leading scorer, DaVonte Lacy. Lacy had an appendix attack early Saturday and will miss the conference opener against Arizona on Thursday.
“We just executed well tonight, with focus,” Washington State coach Ken Bone said. “We were just trying to get through the game tonight without DaVonte, and I think the team came through.”
D.J. Shelton recorded his second double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds for Washington State (7-5), which shot 88 percent from the field in the second half. Shelton completed his feat all in the first half.
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“We came out and played aggressive from the start and even though they were a smaller team, we kept fighting for rebounds,” Shelton said.
The Cougars held a 44-30 advantage on the boards.
Washington State got out to an early 21-3 lead and never trailed. It held Mississippi Valley State (3-8) to just one basket in the early run. The Delta Devils started the game shooting 1 for 16 from the field and went 11 minutes without a score.
In the second half, WSU outscored Mississippi Valley State 48-18 in the paint.
At No. 21 Colorado 84, Georgia 70
Askia Booker scored 12 of his 19 points in the second half as Colorado finished strong to beat Georgia.
Spencer Dinwiddie added 17 points for Colorado (11-2) and Josh Scott had 14 points and 13 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season.
Nemanja Djurisic and Kenny Gaines had 12 points apiece for Georgia (6-5), which had its five-game winning streak snapped.
At UCLA 75, Alabama 67
Tony Parker scored 16 points, including two tiebreaking free throws with 56.8 seconds remaining, leading UCLA over Alabama.
The Crimson Tide (5-7) was led by Trevor Releford, who scored a season-high 34 points. He scored five consecutive points down the stretch, tying the score at 67 with 1:24 remaining in the game.
Parker’s free throws gave the Bruins a 69-67 lead. The Bruins (11-2) got their remaining points at the free-throw line.
At Arizona State 74, UC Irvine 61
Shaquielle McKissic scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half as Arizona State held off UC Irvine.
The Sun Devils (11-2) took control of a tight game with an 11-0 run in the first half, taking a 23-15 lead after a 3-of-19 start from the field in the first 11 minutes. McKissic hit 5 of 6 from the field in the second half and added four rebounds and three assists for Arizona State, which has won four straight.
Irvine’s 7-foot-6 freshman, Mamadou Ndiaye, had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Anteaters (7-7).
At Utah 124, Saint Katherine 51
Jordan Loveridge scored 17 points and Dakarai Tucker added 14 to help Utah (11-1) extend its home winning streak to 13 games.
At California 90, Furman 60
Justin Cobbs and Tyrone Wallace each scored 18 points in helping California remain unbeaten at home. Jeff Powers added a career-high 18 points on six three-pointers for the Bears (9-4).