Washington State will host Wyoming in CBI quarterfinal
A trip to the College Basketball Invitational semifinals is up for grabs when Washington State entertains Wyoming at 7 p.m. Monday at Beasley Coliseum...
Wyoming @ WSU, 7 p.m.
PULLMAN — A trip to the College Basketball Invitational semifinals is up for grabs when Washington State entertains Wyoming at 7 p.m. Monday at Beasley Coliseum.
The semifinals are Wednesday at a site and time to be determined.
The Cougars (16-16) are 6-0 in home postseason games at Beasley Coliseum and need a victory to avoid finishing below .500. Washington State defeated San Francisco 89-75 in the first round. Wyoming held off North Dakota State, 78-75, for its first postseason victory since 2003.
Junior forward Brock Motum averages a team-best 18.3 points and is only the third Washington State player to record 500 points and 200 rebounds in a season, joining Larry Beck (1955-56) and Steve Puidokas (1974-75).
Washington State shot 89.3 percent (25 of 28) from the free-throw line against the Dons.
The Cowboys (21-11) are one of the top defensive teams in the nation and allow 56.1 points per game.
Senior point guard JayDee Luster was the Mountain West defensive player of the year. Junior forward Leonard Washington averages a team-best 12.9 points, with junior guard Luke Martinez (12.3) and senior guard Francisco Cruz (12.1) close behind.
The Cougars and the Cowboys have met five times with Wyoming holding a 4-1 advantage