(1090 The Fan) — Royce Woolridge scored 20 points and the Washington State Cougars kicked off a 4-game homestand with a 78-61 win over Pepperdine, Sunday.
It was the third consecutive season in which the two teams have faced off, but just the seventh time since 1976, when the series history began.
This game was all Washington State from the opening tip.
Washington State (5-4) opened the game on a 10-0 run and never looked back. The Cougars would take a 41-26 lead into the break, watch the Waves make a run to close to within seven points with 6:43 to play, before ultimately pulling away in the end to win by 17.
Woolridge, who came in averaging 10 points-per-game, finished 7-for-10 from the field, including 1-for-3 from beyond the arc to reach his season-high point total of 20. The 6-foot-3 junior guard also dished out four assists to lead the Cougars.
Freshman guard Que Johnson added 14 points for the Cougars and center Jordan Railey had 10 to round out Washington State’s double-figure scorers. Jeremy Major led Pepperdine (6-5) with 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting.
After suffering through a 3-game losing streak in late November, Washington State has now won three of its last four and has a good opportunity to finish the year strong with three more home games before New Year’s.
Washington State will host San Francisco State on Wednesday.
-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan
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