The Washington State Cougars crushed a helpless Utah Valley team Wednesday evening with a 72-49 win to open the season 2-0 at home.
Senior big man Brock Motum lead the charge for the second straight game, scoring 15 points and grabbing three rebounds in only 21 minutes of play. Dexter Kernich-Drew also showed some real promise off the bench with 14 points on some efficient shooting (6-of-11).
With the Cougars up 45-22 at halftime, head coach Ken Bone elected to use the whole bench as 12 players saw the court for Washington State. And even with some of the team's more inexperienced players in the mix the Cougars still managed to play cohesive, smart basketball with an impressive 3.2 assists for every one turnover.
Much of the credit for the Cougars' steady ball control goes to their sophomore backcourt of Royce Wollridge and Davonte Lacy. The duo combined for 12 assists against just two turnovers and the rest of WSU didn't waste their dimes (51.8% shooting as a team).
The Cougars will get another tuneup this Friday at Pepperdine before their marquee non-conference showdown against No. 7 Kansas the following Monday.