PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — Will Douglas contributed 26 points and seven rebounds, Jeremiah Gambrell added 19 points and the Prairie View A&M men’s basketball team beat Washington State 70-59 on Tuesday night.
It was the third victory for the Southwestern Athletic Conference over the Pac-12 in the inaugural Pac-12/SWAC Legacy series, after Grambling State beat Colorado last week and Texas Southern downed Arizona State.
TJ Bamba scored nine of his 16 points in the final six minutes for Washington State (1-2).
Kymany Houinsou added a career-high 10 points for the Cougars. It was his first career start and he played a season-high 23 minutes.
WSU coach Kyle Smith said Prairie View A&M “really outcompeted us” and added, “I thought we should have had a little more fight in us.”
The Panthers (3-0) led by 21 points with 7:28 left before Washington State closed the game on a 16-6 run.
Douglas scored 17 points in the first half to help Prairie View build a 41-27 lead by halftime.
The Panthers shot 54.8% from the field in the first half.
For the game, WSU shot a season-low 32.6%, the lowest percentage since finishing 20 of 63 (31.7%) against USC on Feb. 20 this year.
The Cougars started an all-guard lineup, with all-conference talent Mouhamed Gueye coming off the bench for four points on 0-for-6 shooting in 19 minutes.
WSU also played without starting guard DJ Rodman due to an illness. Forward Andrej Jakimovski remained out with a foot injury.
The Cougars play Eastern Washington at the Spokane Arena on Monday.