WSU got the win again versus Idaho 61-58 on Wednesday night and they made it interesting, of course. WSU trailed by as many as nine points in the second half, but managed to find a way to get it done.
The Cougs have trailed at the half in every game of this season so far and have trailed by at least eight points in all four games.
The first half defense kept WSU in the game and the second half offense got the Cougs over the hump.
Sophomore wing Noah Williams was excellent on both sides of the court all game long. Williams shot 5-for-7 from the field, 1-for-1 from beyond the arc and 8-for-8 at the line with two of those free-throws coming late to seal the victory.
Senior point guard Isaac Bonton had 17 points on 6-for-15 shooting which is better, but still not where Bonton would like to be. Bonton also did a great job on the glass grabbing eight rebounds in Wednesday’s game.
Freshman forward Andrej Jakimovski was a bright spot for WSU finishing with 11 points while shooting 3-for-4 from behind the three-point line.
WSU won by three again tonight making it the second time the Cougars have won by three in the first four games. The other two games had a final margin of four.
The Cougars have been playing down to their competition, but one thing is for sure, WSU is going to know how to win close games when they matter.
Freshman center Efe Abogidi continues to make his presence felt in the paint on offense and defense. He provides a rim protection that the WSU hasn’t had in a long time.
The only consistency for WSU this season has been on the defensive side of the ball where they excelled again tonight. The Cougar defense forced six steals and had eight blocks.
The Vandals scored just 58 points and shot 37.7 percent from the field and WSU outrebounded Idaho 39-31.
The Cougars played well enough tonight to beat the Vandals, but a performance like this will have them on the losing side when Pac-12 play begins.
Luckily for WSU, their next conference game isn’t until December 31st so they have time to make adjustments and keep moving forward.
WSU plays again on Sunday versus Portland State at 2 p.m. in Pullman and the game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.
(Photos by: Bob Hubner – WSU Athletics)