Basketball

WSU takes on the Prairie View A&M Panthers Monday night

The undefeated Washington State Cougars (6-0) take on the Prairie View A&M Panthers (1-2) at 4:00 PST at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, Washington. 

The Cougars are coming off of their first double-digit win of the season, beating Montana State University 82-54 on Friday. Prairie View is playing in its first game since November 29th after three of their games were cancelled due to Covid-19. 

Senior guard and leading scorer Isaac Bonton makes his return today for the Cougars after missing the last game due to injury.

Sophomore guard Noah Williams led the team in Bonton’s absence last game, scoring 21 points on seven of 16 shooting and bringing in 6 rebounds as well. Williams looks to continue to improve like he has the entire season. 

The Prairie View Panthers look to bounce back after getting thrashed by Louisville 86-64 in their last game. The Panther’s lone double-digit scorer in that game was Sophomore guard Jeremiah Gambrell Jr., who finished the game against the Cardinals with 20 points on seven of 12 shooting. 

WSU want to continue improving after their big win last Friday. Head Coach Kyle Smith was pleased with his team’s performance last game, especially without their leader Bonton. In his post game interview, Smith said because the team reacted so well to the lineup adjustments made against Montana State shows the team is starting to find it’s groove. 

“It means we got a chance to be really good,” said Coach Smith. “We tweaked it and played big. With Vova [Markovetskyy], Efe [Abogidi] and Dishon [Jackson] we put some more pressure at the rim and play a little more half court.” 

The Cougars will battle the Prairie View A&M Panthers Monday December 21st at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, Washington.  

(Photos by: Bob Hubner – WSU Athletics)

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