PALOUSE BASKETBALL: Loss to Colorado bumps Cougs’ skid to five

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BOULDER, Colo. — The Washington State men’s basketball team dropped its fifth straight game, failing to answer Colorado’s hot shooting, which came in bunches.

Meanwhile, the Buffaloes managed to put a tough road stretch in the rear-view mirror with a big win at home.

Tyler Bey scored a career-high 26 points, Shane Gatling had 17 and the Colorado Buffaloes routed short-handed Washington State 92-60 Thursday night for their first conference win of the season.

The Cougars (7-8, 0-2 Pac-12) were without leading scorer Robert Franks for the fourth time. Franks, who also won’t play against Utah, is out with a hip contusion.

“I think that we just played for each other today, we found our groove,” Bey said. “The groove that we had at the beginning of the season when we were winning games. Then we had that slump but we are working through it. On Saturday (against Washington) we are going to have an even better game. I guarantee it.”

Bey added 10 rebounds for his seventh career double-double. D’Shawn Schwartz added 16 points and McKinley Wright IV had 10 for Colorado (10-5, 1-2), which opened conference play last week with losses at Arizona and Arizona State and finished 2-4 on a six-game road trip.

“It feels great. We definitely needed that for our confidence but we’re not satisfied,” Schwartz said.

Washington State was held to a season low in points and remained winless away from home this season, dropping to 0-7.

Marvin Cannon had 14 points to lead the Cougars, who have yet to win in eight trips to Boulder. Jeff Pollard and Isaiah Wade added 12 points apiece.

“They ran waves and waves of athletes at us and really took control of the game again,” Cougars coach Ernie Kent said. “It’s a learning lesson for particularly these new guys. We are going to have to regroup out here on the road and play with a lot more toughness.”

Trailing by 16 at the half, the Cougars put together a 7-0 burst, including a 3-pointer by Ahmed Ali to narrow the deficit to 43-34. But the Buffaloes regrouped after a timeout, scoring nine of the next 11 points, with Schwartz chipping in a couple of baskets as Colorado rebuilt its lead to 14 points.

WASHINGTON ST. (7-8)

Elleby 2-10 2-3 6, Pollard 3-4 6-6 12, Cannon 5-10 4-4 14, Daniels 0-2 0-0 0, Ali 3-9 0-0 8, Cooper 0-1 0-0 0, Wade 5-7 2-4 12, Kunc 0-0 2-2 2, Skaggs 1-5 0-0 2, Robinson 2-9 0-0 4. Totals 21-57 16-19 60.

COLORADO (10-5)

Siewert 2-6 3-6 8, Kountz 3-9 0-0 8, M.Wright 5-8 0-0 10, Schwartz 7-12 1-3 16, Bey 10-13 5-6 26, Strating 1-1 0-0 2, Battey 1-3 0-1 2, Ersek 0-0 0-0 0, McQuade 0-0 0-0 0, Gatling 5-10 2-2 17, Martinka 0-0 0-0 0, Parquet 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 35-64 11-18 92.

Halftime_Colorado 41-25. 3-Point Goals_Washington St. 2-18 (Ali 2-6, Robinson 0-2, Cannon 0-2, Elleby 0-4, Skaggs 0-4), Colorado 11-27 (Gatling 5-10, Kountz 2-3, Parquet 1-1, Bey 1-2, Siewert 1-4, Schwartz 1-5, M.Wright 0-2). Fouled Out_Elleby, Wade. Rebounds_Washington St. 23 (Wade 6), Colorado 40 (Battey 14). Assists_Washington St. 5 (Elleby, Wade, Robinson, Kunc, Cannon 1), Colorado 20 (M.Wright 7). Total Fouls_Washington St. 18, Colorado 16. A_6,184 (11,064).

WOMENIdaho 82, MSU 66

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Idaho’s “Splash Sisters” in Mikayla Ferenz and Taylor Pierce combined for 14 triples and 52 points, and the Vandals soared past Big Sky foe Montana State at Worthington Arena.

Idaho (7-7, 4-1) went on a 15-0 run, which began midway through the first and lasted almost the entire frame. Another run of nine straight points launched UI into a lead that MSU (8-7, 3-2) couldn’t overtake.

“The offense was really flowing,” UI coach Jon Newlee said. “Just gotta get ’em cooking a little bit. ... Great effort by everyone moving the basketball. Seventeen assists is great.”

Pierce logged a game-high 28 points (eight of her nine field goals were from outside) and Ferenz was right behind with 24. Juliet Jones, who Newlee said had her “best game,” broke out for a season-high 13 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists.

The Vandals had 17 assists to seven turnovers, and were led on the boards by Natalie Klinker’s nine.

IDAHO (7-7, 4-1)

Natalie Klinker 2-4 0-0 4, Taylor Pierce 9-22 2-3 28, Mikayla Ferenz 9-22 0-0 24, Gina Marxen 1-6 0-0 2, Lizzy Klinker 2-9 0-2 5, Haily Christopher 0-0 0-0 0, Juliet Jones 5-7 2-4 13, Isabelle Hadden 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 31-74 4-9 82.

MSU (8-7, 3-2)

Claire Lundberg 4-14 0-0 9, Martha Kuderer 0-4 0-0 0, Madeline Smith 5-10 1-1 11, Oliana Squires 6-13 0-0 15, Halle Wright 4-9 2-2 10, Ashley Van Sickle 0-0 0-0 0, Madisyn Shaide 0-0 0-0 0, Tori Martell 1-8 0-0 2, Kamden Hilborn 0-3 1-2 1, Gabby Mocchi 0-1 0-0 0, Brynley Fitzgerald 0-0 0-0 0, Blaire Braxton 7-11 4-6 18. Totals 27-73 8-11 66.

UI 15 28 18 21—82

MSU 10 26 13 17—66

3-point goals — UI 16-42 (N. Klinker 0-1, Pierce 8-19, Ferenz 6-15, Marxen 0-3, L. Klinker 1-1, Jones 1-3), MSU 4-20 (Lundberg 1-5, Kuderer 0-1, Squires 3-6, Wright 0-1, Martell 0-4, Hilborn 0-2, Mocchi 0-1). Rebounds — UI 47 (N. Klinker 9), MSU 45 (tie 8). Assists — UI 17 (Ferenz 6), MSU 14 (Squires 9). Total fouls — UI 11, MSU 13. Fouled out — none. Technicals — none. A — 1,558

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