PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Washington State needed a dominating performance to help forget about its 3-game losing streak on the road. The Cougars got it at home Saturday night by rolling over Arkansas-Pine Bluff 66-38.
Washington State (3-3) led by 23-16, after committing eight turnovers and recording only one offensive board heading into intermission.
"We needed to settle down, and that is what I told my team toward the end of the half. We were missing shots in that half, so having only one offensive rebound hurt us," Washington State head coach Ken Bone said.
The Cougars started the second half on a 9-0 run to extend the lead to 32-16. Royce Woolridge and Mike Ladd hit back-to-back 3-pointers at the 11:20 mark to spark a 17-2 run to put the game out of reach at 56-28. The Cougars would miss only two shots during the stretch.
"We were much more patient on offense, and we shared the ball extremely well as a team," Bone said. "Most of those assists came from our big guys like Brock (Motum) and D.J. (Shelton) which gave us a better inside out game and better shot selection."
The Cougars ended the night with 20 assists. Motum and D.J. Shelton had four assists each for the night. Washington State beat the Golden Lions on rebounds 39-24. The Cougars had eight offensive boards in the second half, finishing with nine for the game.
Woolridge and Motum had 14 points each and Dexter Kernich-Drew chipped in 10. Woolridge hit 4 of the Cougars eight three's for the night.
The Golden Lions were only 6 of 26 (23.1%) in the first half and 15-50 (30%) overall. Washington State shot 51.9% from the field in the second half, 47.9% for the game.
"We just don't have the depth to keep up with a team like Washington State," Arkansas-Pine Bluff coach George Ivory said. "We are down four players due to injury, so that hurt us as well."
Terrell Kennedy led Arkansas-Pine Bluff with nine points and Lazabian Jackson had six points, seven rebounds and three steals.
Washington State's defense held every player on the Golden Lions squad to single digits.
This was the fifth of 11 games on the road for the Golden Lions (1-4) to start the season. They don't play a home game until January, when they start conference play.
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