The Washington State Cougars used a lights-out shooting performance from beyond the arc to pull-away from the Gonzaga Bulldogs early, taking a 30-24 lead into halftime. It was all defense, all the time early for Washington State, as Gonzaga was held scoreless for the first 7:25. The three-pointers were the difference for Washington State, as the Cougars were 6-11 from three.
Faisal Aden led the way for Washington State, picking-up eight points despite a being hobbled by a sore knee. Freshman Patrick Simon added six and Reggie Moore chipped-in three. Klay Thompson has been cold, hitting only one shot and scoring three points in the half.
Gonzaga, surprisingly, was led by David Stockton’s five points. Robert Sacre put-up four points with Steven Gray and Elias Harris combining for five. Sacre also led the Zags with six rebounds.
With the second half about to tip-off, Gonzaga holds all the momentum, keeping Washington State off the board over the last 5:10 of the first half. Washington State still leads Gonzaga, however, 30-24.