KENNEWICK — Throughout most of the first half Wednesday, Washington State didn’t look like a Pac-12 team.
Playing Division II San Francisco State, the Cougars were struggling to score points, turning the ball over and not rebounding consistently.
But some key stops and big three-pointers from DaVonte Lacy helped jump-start the Cougars as they cruised to an 80-50 victory at the Toyota Center.
“I think our defense really helped our offense,” WSU coach Ken Bone said. “We were able to get stops, steals or defensive rebounds and able to push it in transition. I think it kick-started our offense.”
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The Cougars (6-4) didn’t take their first lead until nearly nine minutes were gone and didn’t take firm control until a 13-3 run late in the first half.
Leading 28-23, Lacy hit three three-pointers, and D.J. Shelton had a putback to give the Cougars a 41-26 lead.
“We started off kind of slow, but we started getting stops which led to easy points,” Lacy said. “I think we just played harder. That’s the way we need to play, and I think that is the way we are going to continue to play because that is where our success lies.”
Lacy had 22 points and grabbed six rebounds.
“They are very athletic, long, get to the glass and defensively, they pressure out and mess with your rhythm,” SFSU coach Paul Trevor said. “They make you make plays, and tonight we weren’t making plays.”
WSU women edge UC Riverside in OT
Lia Galdeira scored 23 of her team-high 26 points after intermission to lead Washington State to a 77-73 overtime victory over UC Riverside in a nonconference women’s game at the Toyota Center.
With the victory, the Cougars (6-5) avenged a 71-65 loss at UC Riverside (4-6) last season.
Tia Presley finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds to record the first double-double by a Cougar this season.
Sage Romberg had 14 points and six rebounds. Her two free throws with 20.1 seconds left tied the score at 66 and sent the game into overtime.
“The key was (Sage) Romberg making the two free throws to get us to overtime,” coach June Daugherty said. “Once we got to overtime, I thought we were in control from the start of the period.”