Basketball

Cougs host the Beavs, but this time, without Klay or Steph in the building…

The Cougars (2-0) host the Oregon State Beavers (2-0, 1-0) in WSU’s first conference game of the season. The Beavers already beat California in the first game of their season so this is their second conference game.

Last time Oregon State came to Pullman was the Klay Thompson Retirement game, where the stands were filled with students and fans oozing on at Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry and other NBA players close to Klay.

WSU ended up winning that game 89-76 on Jan. 18 of this year, with senior point guard Issac Bonton hitting a buzzer-beater three-point shot right before halftime that sent Beasley Coliseum into madness.

Oregon State is without Tres Tinkle now, who has graduated, but senior guard Ethan Thompson leads the team in points with 16 a game.

The Beavers have scored 70+ points in two games, and WSU has not allowed a team to score more than 70 on the season, something will have to give in the game.

The struggle for WSU on the season so far has been their shooting. only mustering up less than 50 percent from the field in both games and not accurate from behind the arc. With a high scoring team like Oregon State, the Cougars will need to be able to score if they want to win.

Tip-off for this game is slated for 7 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum, fans are not allowed in attendance, and the game is being shown on the Pac-12 Network. Oregon State opens up as a two-point favorite against WSU.

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