Hot Cougars beat San Francisco in CBI opener, 89-75
Washington State shot 60 percent from the field and made 25 of 28 free throws to advance to the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational.
SAN FRANCISCO — Brock Motum scored 24 points and Washington State shot 60 percent from the field in an 89-75 victory over San Francisco Tuesday night in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational.
Reggie Moore added 18 points and six assists for WSU, which was 29 of 48 from the field and 23 of 35 (.657) on its two-point attempts. The Cougars were 6 of 13 from three-point distance.
In the quarterfinals next Monday, Washington State (16-16) will play the winner of Wednesday's first-round game between North Dakota State and Wyoming.
The Cougars led 75-69 with 4:11 remaining, but finished on a 14-6 run, with Moore hitting 9 of 10 free throws. Moore was 12 of 13 at the line overall and WSU was 25 of 28 (.893) at the stripe.
Marcus Capers was not far from a triple-double with 12 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for Washington State. Motum added seven rebounds to help WSU to a 35-28 advantage on the boards.
Cole Dickerson, a sophomore from Federal Way getting his first start of the season for the Dons (20-14), had 19 points and 11 rebounds. San Francisco shot only 36 percent.
• Another Pac-12 team, Oregon State (19-14), hosts Western Illinois (18-14) Wednesday night in its CBI opener.