MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Noah Williams scored 16 points and led six players into double-digit scoring as the Washington State men routed Idaho 109-61 to win the 277th edition of The Battle of the Palouse, the longest continuous running rivalry in the country, on Thursday night.
The Cougars now have won four straight in the rivalry and 17 straight nonconference games, a streak that began in Moscow on Dec. 4, 2019, when WSU beat Idaho 78-65.
“We played probably our best game since I’ve been here, to be honest,” third-year Cougars coach Kyle Smith told the Spokesman-Review. “Really proud of how our guys were unselfish throughout, played the right way on both sides of the ball. Really, you don’t get many games like that in your coaching career.
“Didn’t see that coming.”
Washington State took a 47-29 lead at intermission and outscored the Vandals by 30 points, 62-32 over the final 20 minutes.
Mouhamed Gueye and Michael Flowers each scored 13 points, Efe Abogidi and Ryan Rapp each added 12 and T.J. Bamba contributed 11. Washington State (4-0) shot 40 of 66 from the field, including 10 of 22 from three-point range.
Mikey Dixon scored 12 points to lead Idaho (1-3).
The Battle of the Palouse dates back to January 13, 1906 and became the longest continuous rivalry when the Ivy League suspended the 2020-21 season, snapping five inter-conference rivalries.