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The Cougars lost a wild 41-38 contest to Rutgers, a game that seemed to be in Washington State’s grasp until the Scarlet Knights recovered a fumbled punt return and put together the game-winning drive in the final minutes.
Rutgers’ debut as a member of the Big Ten Conference will likely be Washington State’s farewell to Seattle. The Cougars open the season with their annual game at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field on Thursday night, hosting the Scarlet Knights in their first game after leaving the American Athletic Conference to join the Big Ten.
Washington State has fired men’s basketball coach Ken Bone after five seasons during which he was unable to sustain the success of his predecessor Tony Bennett.
Trailing by three midway through the second half, Stanford utilized a 10-0 run triggered by a Dwight Powell 3-pointer to take a 57-50 lead with 6:37 to play, and ultimately, control of the game.
DaVonte Lacy had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Cougars’ offense in defeat. The Cougars wrap up the regular season, Saturday with a home game against UCLA.
Nigel Williams-Goss scored 17 points and Andrew Andrews added 16 points to carry the Huskies to just their third win in the past eight games.
Ken Bone’s Cougars are 41-56 overall and 13-38 in the Pac-12 Conference three years into the coach’s contract
Despite the double-digit loss, the Cougars had a good beginning. The team held 8-3, 17-10 and eventually 31-24 leads, the latter being the score at halftime. But, as has been the case for the Cougars all season, their lead was not foolproof.
D.J. Shelton, who scored 1o points Thursday, was the only other double-figure scorer for the Cougars who now continue their road trip with games at Oregon and Washington next week before closing the season out at home.
Que Johnson scored 14 points and DaVonte Lacy finished with 13 points to lead Washington State (9-16, 2-11) which again fell behind early and couldn’t recover.