Basketball

Cougars stay undefeated against Montana State

The Cougars (6-0, 1-0) defeated the Montana State Bobcats (2-2) by a score of 82-54 to keep their record perfect throughout non-conference play.

WSU scored 46 first half points, the first time the Cougars have scored more than 35 in the first half all season. The last time WSU scored more than 46 points was in the Pac-12 tournament against Colorado back in March.

The Cougars shot 49 percent from the field, a season-high, and 35 percent from behind the three-point arc.

Four of the five starters for WSU finished in double figures, with sophomore guard Noah Williams leading the team with 21 points.

Freshman center Efe Abogidi finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds, his first double-double on the season and the first for WSU on the season.

The Cougars were without senior guard Issac Bonton, along with senior forward Tony Miller and sophomore forward DJ Rodman, due to injuries.

Junior forward Aljaz Kunc returned to action after missing the previous game with an ankle injury, he finished with two points, a rebound and two fouls in his limited action.

The Cougars’ toughest opponent in the non-conference slate is Montana State, and WSU’s tough defense, as well as a fluid offense, led to their most impressive win on the young season.

Sophomore guard Ryan Rapp finally got his first points on the season, and finished with 12, with three rebounds and three assists. Freshman forward Andrej Jakimovski had 10 points with seven rebounds and two assists.

The Cougars scored more than 75 points for the first time all season, with the last time being in March against the Buffaloes in the Pac-12 tournament.

WSU will get the weekend off, but return to action Monday against Prairie View A&M at 4 p.m. from Beasley Coliseum.

(Photos by: Bob Hubner – WSU Athletics)

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