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Cougars decide to get hot in time for Pac-12 tourney

After blowing out Trojans, the Cougars are riding a two-game winning streak

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Men's Pac-12 tournament @ Las Vegas, UW vs. WSU, 8:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks

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PULLMAN — Washington State waited until the last two games of the Pac-12 season to go on a win streak.

Brock Motum scored 31 points and Royce Woolridge added 25 as the Cougars closed out the regular season by crushing USC 76-51 Saturday in men's hoops.

Woolridge hit five three-pointers and Motum three, helping the Cougars (13-18, 4-14 Pac-12) to their first winning streak in conference play this season with a home sweep of the Los Angeles schools. WSU defeated UCLA on Wednesday.

"Considering where we were with our record, to come back home and play two good games does a lot for our confidence, and it was the right time to do it," WSU coach Ken Bone said. "If we didn't do it this weekend, it would never happen."

The Cougars earned the 11th seed in the conference tournament and play No. 6 seed Washington on Wednesday in Las Vegas.

T.J. Terrell had 18 points for the Trojans (14-17, 9-9). USC struggled shooting from the field (19 for 56) and behind the arc (4 for 24).

Washington State never trailed and raced to a 22-point lead in the first half.

The Trojans opened up the second half with an 18-4 run and cut the deficit to 45-40.

"I thought our guys did a nice job dealing with the run in the second half. They started making shots and pushed the ball in transition," Bone said.

The Cougars put the game out of reach when Woolridge hit four consecutive three-pointers to make it 66-46 with 4:42 left.

USC (14-17) — Dedmon 2-3 0-2 4, Wise 1-5 5-6 7, Fontan 3-7 2-2 9, Terrell 7-15 1-1 18, Wesley 2-8 1-2 5, Woolridge 1-3 0-0 2, Stewart 1-6 0-0 2, Bryan 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor 0-0 0-0 0, Fuller 0-3 0-0 0, Blasczyk 0-2 0-0 0, Gavrilovic 0-2 0-0 0, Oraby 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 19-56 9-13 51.

WASHINGTON ST. (13-18) — Motum 11-22 6-6 31, Shelton 0-4 0-0 0, Ladd 0-6 1-2 1, Woolridge 7-15 6-6 25, Kernich-Drew 4-9 0-0 11, Leavitt 0-0 0-0 0, DiIorio 2-3 2-2 6, Hunter 0-2 0-0 0, Longrus 0-1 0-0 0, Ballard 0-0 2-2 2, Hayenga 0-1 0-0 0, Boese 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-63 17-18 76.

Halftime — Washington St. 39-20. Three-point goals — USC 4-24 (Terrell 3-10, Fontan 1-3, Gavrilovic 0-1, Dedmon 0-1, Wesley 0-2, Woolridge 0-2, Stewart 0-5), Washington St. 11-32 (Woolridge 5-10, Kernich-Drew 3-6, Motum 3-9, Ladd 0-3, Shelton 0-4). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — USC 34 (Dedmon 6), Washington St. 45 (Motum 10). Assists — USC 10 (Fontan 6), Washington St. 18 (Ladd 6). Total fouls — USC 14, Washington St. 12. A — 4,254.


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