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Cougars secure 1st road victory of the season

Royce Woolridge scored Washington State's final seven points Saturday afternoon in a 71-68 victory at Oregon State.

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Nice job by the Cougars to come out of Oregon with a split, something the Huskies... MORE

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CORVALLIS, Ore. — Mike Ladd was Washington State's go-to guy in the first half, and Brock Motum picked up the Cougars after halftime. But it was Royce Woolridge who made the big plays in the end, helping his team to its first road win of the season.

Woolridge scored Washington State's final seven points Saturday afternoon in a 71-68 victory over Oregon State.

The sophomore guard twice scored on layins in the last two minutes after Oregon State (11-9, 1-6 Pac-12) had closed within two. His two free throws with seven seconds left provided the final margin.

"I felt like it was my time to step up and show some poise and some leadership," Woolridge said.

Before that it had been a lackluster outing for Woolridge, who finished 2 of 10 from the floor and scored nine points.

Ladd, a senior guard, scored a career-high 23 points for the Cougars (11-9, 2-5), including 17 in the first half. Motum, a senior forward, added 20 points — 16 in the second half — and 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.

Ahmad Starks scored 17 points and had eight assists for Oregon State (11-9, 1-6). Starks was wide of the basket on a potential game-tying three-pointer from the top of the arc in the closing seconds.

That followed Washington State's DaVonte Lacy's two missed free throws and Starks' layup with 7.9 seconds left to cut the Cougars' advantage to one.

"He had the fresher body because he was out of the game for a few minutes," Washington State coach Ken Bone said of Woolridge, who came in averaging 7.6 points per game. "Ladd was really fatigued, so we were trying to get the ball in Royce's hands. It worked out well."

WASHINGTON ST. (11-9) — Motum 5-9 7-8 20, Shelton 2-10 0-0 5, Ladd 10-11 2-2 23, Lacy 1-8 0-2 3, Woolridge 2-10 5-6 9, Leavitt 0-0 0-0 0, DiIorio 1-2 0-0 2, Longrus 0-0 0-0 0, Kernich-Drew 4-6 0-0 9. Totals 25-56 14-18 71.

OREGON ST. (11-9) — Reid 0-2 0-2 0, Collier 4-5 6-9 14, Burton 2-5 0-0 4, Starks 7-13 1-1 17, Nelson 6-13 0-1 14, Robbins 0-0 0-0 0, Barton 0-1 0-0 0, Morris-Walker 3-4 0-0 9, Moreland 3-6 0-0 7, Schaftenaar 1-6 0-0 3. Totals 26-55 7-13 68.

Halftime — Oregon St. 33-29. Three-point goals — Washington St. 7-25 (Motum 3-5, Ladd 1-1, Kernich-Drew 1-2, Shelton 1-6, Lacy 1-7, Woolridge 0-4), Oregon St. 9-25 (Morris-Walker 3-4, Nelson 2-5, Starks 2-7, Moreland 1-1, Schaftenaar 1-6, Reid 0-1, Barton 0-1). Fouled out — Moreland, Motum. Rebounds — Washington St. 39 (Motum, Shelton 10), Oregon St. 27 (Moreland 7). Assists — Washington St. 15 (Shelton 6), Oregon St. 17 (Starks 8). Total fouls — Washington St. 14, Oregon St. 20. Technical — Oregon St. bench. A — 6,592.


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