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Motum scores 23, Cougars hold on to beat Fresno State

Brock Motum scored 23 points and Mike Ladd had a season-high 19 points as Washington State beat Fresno State 59-50 on Sunday. The Cougars (6-4) led...

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PULLMAN — Brock Motum scored 23 points and Mike Ladd had a season-high 19 points as Washington State beat Fresno State 59-50 on Sunday.

The Cougars (6-4) led 48-47 with 4:43 to play. Motum made two layups and Ladd scored on another and Washington State was up 54-48. Royce Woolridge, who scored 11 points, made five of his six free-throw attempts to wrap up the win. The final score matched Washington State's largest lead.

Washington State struggled in the first half, trailing 25-24, and shooting only 33 percent (8 for 24). Motum was the only Cougar to score in the last 13 minutes of the half.

"Ultimately I would like to have eight players score 10 points each — that would make us harder to guard and less predictable — but it is not an equal-opportunity thing so we end up going to our top players to a fault," Washington State coach Ken Bone said.

Jerry Brown scored 12 points while Robert Upshaw and Allen Huddleston each scored 10 for Fresno State (5-4). Upshaw also had seven rebounds and six blocked shots.

The Bulldogs trailed most of the first half but ended it on an 11-5 run to lead 25-24.

"We did not play well in the first half, and we didn't play great in the second, but we managed to play well defensively and that made the difference," Bone said.

Other Pac-12

No. 21 UNLV 76,

at California 75

Quintrell Thomas grabbed Anthony Marshall's air ball under the basket and scored on a short hook shot with 1.2 seconds remaining to lift UNLV over California.

The Runnin' Rebels led for most of the second half but trailed 75-74 after two free throws by Cal's Justin Cobbs with 11.9 seconds left. Marshall then rushed a long jumper that Thomas alertly grabbed and flipped in. Thomas was fouled on the play but missed the free throw. Justin Hawkins then blocked a three-point attempt by Cobbs from midcourt as the buzzer sounded.

Anthony Bennett had career highs of 25 points and 13 rebounds while leading UNLV (7-1) to its sixth straight win. Bryce Dejean-Jones also had a career-best 22 points.

Allen Crabbe scored 18 for California (6-2).

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