Ike Iroegbu and Josh Hawkinson were key contributors as host WSU improved to 7-2.

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PULLMAN – Ike Iroegbu scored 18 points, including a key three-point play in overtime, to spark the Washington State men’s basketball team to a 78-73 victory over Texas State on Friday night.

Josh Hawkinson, a graduate of Shorewood High School in Shoreline, collected 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Cougars (7-2). The junior’s double-double was his sixth of the season and 26th of his career.

Que Johnson added 13 points and Conor Clifford had 11 for WSU, which is off to its best start since the 2010-11 season.

Students completed final exams Friday, but WSU coach Ernie Kent knew his players faced one more challenging test before a crowd of 1,233.

“I looked at this as a final exam,” Kent said of the game. “I didn’t think we had a great grade – maybe a C, C-plus.

“We knew guys were fatigued from being up late studying, all those things. I’d like them to play a little bit sharper, but the bottom line is, first of all, you get the win.”

Senior forward Emani Gant led the Bobcats (5-3) with a career-high 24 points.

The Cougars had small leads for most of the game before Texas State tied the score twice in the final 1:15 of the second half. A Gant layin with 45.4 seconds to go knotted the score at 66.

The Cougars led 71-70 when Iroegbu sank a short jumper and a free throw with 1:37 left in overtime.