PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Que Johnson had 14 points and went 10 of 13 from the free throw line to help Washington State beat Utah 49-46 Sunday.

The Cougars (8-8, 1-3 Pac-12) came back from a 12-point deficit for their first Pac-12 win.

"It was imperative we got a win at home. Washington State coach Ken Bone said. "It was our only home game out of the last four, you better win it, because it doesn't get any easier from this point forward," Bone said.

Washington State lost in overtime on Wednesday against Colorado. The Cougars were determined to make sure they closed out against Utah, who also lost a close one, 59-57, to Washington.

"You could say this was Washington State's defense, and it was good, but we have lost a couple down the stretch by not executing, so it rests on us," Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said.

With 56 seconds on the clock, Delon Wright stole the ball from Johnson and went the length of the court for a dunk to pull the Utes within one, 47-46.

After an offensive foul on Johnson, Utah's Brandon Taylor traveled and put the ball back in the hands of Washington State.

The Utes (12-4, 1-3) were forced to foul and Johnson made a pair of free throws. Washington State made a decision to foul Delon Wright on the next play, and it paid off _ Wright missed both free throws.

"Strategically I believe in fouling, if it is under or around six seconds, and it was the right situation and it worked out," Bone said.

Wright had one more look at a three but missed short as time expired.

Cougars shot only 30 percent from the field in the first half. Utah took a 12-point lead as the Cougars once again struggled to find offense early. Washington State also played without leading scorer DaVonte Lacy, who is recovering from a rib injury.

Dakarai Tucker hit a jumper to start the second half, but Utes went cold did not hit a field goal for six minutes. Washington State capitalized and tied the game at 31 with 10:56 left.

Ike Iroegbu nailed a long three, followed by a fast break layup to give Washington State a 36-35 lead _ their first since the opening minutes of the game.

Washington State's Dexter Kernich-Drew hit a long three at the top of the key, followed by a jumper to give the Cougars a 47-44 edge at 1:55.

Kernich-Drew scored nine-second half points and hit a late game three for Washington State (8-8, 1-3 Pac-12). D.J. Shelton had eight points and nine rebounds.

Jordan Loveridge scored 15 points and hit the only two 3-pointers for Utah (12-4, 1-3 Pac-12). Brandon Wright added 14 points for Utah, which shot a season-low 29.5 percent (13 of 44) from the field.


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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Former Washington State coach Paul Wulff is the new offensive coordinator at South Florida.

Wulff joins the Bulls after spending the past two seasons as a senior offensive assistant with the San Francisco 49ers.

Wulff was head coach at Eastern Washington from 2008 to 2011 and Washington State from 2008 to 2011. In addition to being USF's offensive coordinator, he will be the Bulls' offensive line coach.

Second-year USF coach Willie Taggart announced the hiring Friday.


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By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – Washington State showed at least it can score.

Dexter Kernich-Drew scored a career-high 24 points and the Cougars led for much of regulation before losing to No. 15 Colorado, 71-70 in overtime Wednesday night.

Washington state (7-8, 0-3 Pac-12) was coming off a 47-point loss to No. 1 Arizona last week in which the Cougars scored just 25 points.

"We've got some guys that can make shots," coach Ken Bone said. "Fortunately, tonight we made them."

The Cougars made 13 of 23 from 3-point range while playing a slowdown game on offense, and they almost upset the Buffaloes despite missing leading scorer DaVonte Lacy, who is out with a rib injury.

Listening to Colorado coach Tad Boyle after the game, you wouldn't know his team had won.

"We just did not play Colorado basketball tonight," Boyle said. "We better play better on Sunday.

"We've got a target on our back now," Boyle said, referring to the Buffaloes' ranking. "Our guys proved we are not ready to handle that yet."

Boyle did praise Josh Scott, who scored eight of his 19 points in overtime. The forward called the close game a "wake-up call," but also wanted to keep some perspective.

"We've got to be optimists here, at least we won," Scott said. "Even on a bad night, we won."

Askia Booker added 18 points for Colorado (14-2, 3-0), which has tied the second-best start in program history. Xavier Johnson scored 14 for the Buffaloes, who shot just 41 percent. Leading scorer Spencer Dinwiddie was held to six points, nearly 10 below his average.

"I don't know where Spencer was," Boyle said. "Spencer wasn't in the Spokane Arena tonight."

Colorado dominated the free-throw shooting, making 26 of 38, while Washington State went to the line only three times, making them all.

Washington State's Que Johnson hit a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime after sitting much of the second half because of foul trouble.

"When they call your name, you've got to be ready," Kernich-Drew said of Johnson.

Colorado got consecutive baskets from Scott, Dinwiddie and Scott again for a 62-58 lead. Johnson scored for Washington State, but Scott replied with two baskets to make it 66-60.

D.J. Shelton's long jumper cut Colorado's lead to 66-62 with 1:37 left.

Booker made two free throws for Colorado with 37 seconds left. Junior Longrus stuffed the ball for Washington State, but the Cougars were forced to foul.

Booker made two more free throws, but Shelton replied with a 3-pointer to cut it to 70-67.

Dinwiddie made one of two free throws, and Washington State's Royce Woolridge sank a 3-pointer to cut Colorado's lead to 71-70 with 1.5 seconds left.

With 0.3 on the clock, Dinwiddie missed both free throws, and a desperation heave by Shelton missed as time expired.

Woolridge said the team has bought into the message from Bone.

"He's telling us to play together and play as a team," Woolridge said. "We did some soul-searching and we know who we are now."

Woolridge had 10 points and 11 assists in an unusual double-double. Shelton had 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Johnson finished with 10 points. The Cougars shot 45 percent, including 13 of 23 from 3-point range.

Washington State led 34-28 at halftime.

Colorado took its first lead of the game when Xavier Johnson made two free throws for a 53-51 lead with 4:26 left.

Xavier Talton hit a 3 to give Colorado a 56-53 lead with 1:20 left. Woolridge missed a 3 on the other end.

Colorado brought the ball down and Booker missed a jumper. Washington State rebounded with 20 seconds left and called timeout with 10.3 seconds left.

Que Johnson hit a 3-pointer from the left side with a couple of seconds on the clock to tie the score at 56. Booker missed at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.

Colorado is enjoying its highest poll ranking since the 1997 team also reached No. 15.


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By Brady Henderson

Washington State will begin the 2014 season with the annual Seattle Game, which is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 28 against Rutgers at CenturyLink Field.

The Pac-12 released its 2014 football schedules Wednesday afternoon.

The Cougars have six games at Martin Stadium, beginning with a Sept. 13 matchup against Portland State. A week later, WSU will open Pac-12 play at home against Oregon. The Apple Cup will be played in Pullman on Nov. 29, two days after Thanksgiving.

"This is truly an outstanding schedule for our team and for our fans," WSU athletic director Bill Moos said in a press release. "Having six games in Martin Stadium has not happened in a while and the conference slate of home games is outstanding. In addition, playing new Big Ten member Rutgers in Seattle on the Thursday night of Labor Day weekend should prove to be attractive in regards to attracting a great crowd as well as a large national television audience."

Below is the full schedule with home games in bold (times are usually announced during the season).

Thursday, Aug. 28: vs. Rutgers (The Seattle Game)
Saturday, Sept. 6: at Nevada
Saturday, Sept. 13: vs. Portland State
Saturday, Sept. 20: vs. Oregon
Saturday, Sept. 27: at Utah
Saturday, Oct. 4: vs. California (Homecoming)
Friday, Oct. 10: at Stanford
Saturday, Oct. 25: vs. Arizona (Dad's Weekend)
Saturday, Nov. 1: vs. USC
Saturday, Nov. 8: at Oregon State
Saturday, Nov. 22: at Arizona State
Saturday, Nov. 29: vs. Washington

The Pac-12 title game is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 5.

By 710Sports.com staff

The Apple Cup will move back to being played on a Saturday in 2014, Washington State athletic director Bill Moos said Monday, as reported by The Seattle Times.

The Cougars will host Washington in Pullman on Nov. 29, marking the first time since 2011 that the Apple Cup will be played on a Saturday.

The annual rival clash was played on the Friday after Thanksgiving in both 2012 and 2013. The Pac-12's added conference championship game limited the number of available weekends and television timeslots, pushing the Apple Cup out of its usual date, the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – Just when Arizona State sorely needed some offense, Jermaine Marshall provided it.

That's just what he came to Tempe to do.

The graduate student transfer from Penn State scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half and Arizona State pulled away to beat Washington State 66-47 on Sunday.

Jahii Carson added 14 points and Shaquielle McKissic 12 for the Sun Devils (12-3, 1-1 Pac-12), who were coming off a 76-65 home loss to Washington in their conference opener.

Marshall was 2 of 11 for four points against the Huskies on Thursday, then 9 of 14, including 4 of 7 3-pointers, on Sunday.

"It was great, what I work hard for," he said. "Coach does a great job of keeping us after practice and getting up shots. It just shows that hard work pays off."

DaVonte Lacy, Washington State's leading scorer for the season, was back in the lineup eight days after an emergency appendectomy but left with 6:23 to go in the first half and did not return.

"We need him on the court and he's a big piece of what we do, especially on the offensive end," Cougars coach Ken Bone said, "and we are paying the price."

Freshman Que Johnson scored 18 for Washington State, which scored 68 points combined in their two games in the desert.

The Cougars (7-7, 0-2) shot 34 percent three days after their worst offensive showing in 76 years in a 60-25 loss to top-ranked Arizona Thursday night.

Just after drawing his third foul, Marshall scored 16 _ including three 3-pointers _ in an 18-3 run that finally opened the game up for the Sun Devils, 51-33, with 10:55 to play. Arizona State led by as many as 23 after that.

Before that, the Cougars made it close.

Arizona State used a 13-3 run to go up 23-12 on Carson's driving bank shot with five minutes left in the first half.

But the Cougars scored nine in a row to cut it to 25-23 on two free throws by Dexter Kernich-Drew 34.6 seconds before the break. McKissic's tip-in just before the buzzer put the Sun Devils ahead 27-23 at the break.

Barely two minutes into the second half, Carson's 3-pointer put Arizona State up 33-25, but Johnson sank consecutive 3s for the Cougars to slice it to 33-31 with 17:09 to play.

Marshall scored the game's next eight points with a three-point play, a drive to the basket and a 3-pointer, putting Arizona State up 41-31 with 14:03 to go.

His 26 were his most at Arizona State and three shy of his career high set for Penn State against Michigan State last Jan. 16.

"Jermaine, throughout his career, has demonstrated the ability to score," Sun Devils coach Herb Sendek said. "He finds ways to get buckets. When he's doing that, without showing off the obvious here, we're a lot better."

Sendek said the entire Arizona State team took better shots than it had in the disappointing loss to Washington.

"To take worse shots might not have been possible, though, than we took on Thursday night," he said. "We took shots on Thursday night that a bold person wouldn't take in a game of horse. ... I've seen some great horse games at family picnics through the years, trick shots, shots under the influence, and they wouldn't even rival some of the shots that our team took Thursday night."

Johnson, who made 7 of 10 shots, was the only Cougar player in double figures.

"I thought or defense was doing a good job, a really good job," Bone said. "We have got to get better offensively. It's hard when arguably your best player, definitely your best scorer, is not out there, so again to try to manufacture points in creative ways. It makes it a little bit difficult, to say the least, but you got to keep plugging at it."

Kernich-Drew, who missed the Arizona game with a concussion, also was back for Washington State. Lacy finished with four points and four rebounds in 11 minutes.

Washington State's 25-point struggle in Tucson was the Cougars' lowest-scoring game since they scored the same at Idaho in 1938. It also was the lowest-scoring game ever at McKale Center.


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By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – An outstanding Arizona defense faced a weak, short-handed Washington State offense, and the result was a record-breaking victory for the top-ranked Wildcats.

Kaleb Tarczewski scored 11 points and Arizona opened its Pac-12 season with a 60-25 rout of the Cougars on Thursday night, shattering the McKale Center record for fewest points by a team.

"They did a good job shutting us down," the Cougars' D.J. Shelton said in a major understatement.

The 25 points were the fewest for Washington State since the Cougars had that many at Idaho on Jan. 15, 1938.

The previous McKale record for fewest points was 37 by Northern Arizona in 1989.

"Our goal all season was to be a top 10 defense," Arizona's Nick Johnson said. "I think we should push that to a top five and eventually the No. 1 defense in the country, because I think we have the tools to make it happen. This, I guess, is an example of what we can do."

The Wildcats (14-0, 1-0) took a 21-2 lead and were up 28-7 at halftime.

The Cougars (7-6, 0-1) shot 9 for 45 from the field and they needed to make a series of shots late to reach that.

Washington State was without leading scorer DaVonte Lacy, who underwent an emergency appendectomy on Saturday. Junior Longrus led the Cougars with six points.

"It was different because you don't see many games like this," Johnson said.

Washington State was also without starter Dexter Kernich-Drew because of a concussion.

"We know that they were playing short-handed," Arizona coach Sean Miller said. "Having said that, I thought our defensive effort was outstanding. .... It's a little bit of both, probably not as great a defensive effort as the score would reflect. At the same time I think we leave here feeling good about what we were able to accomplish."

Tarczewski, back after missing two games with a sprained ankle, was the only Arizona player to score in double figures.

Washington State's nine field goals were also a McKale record, breaking the previous mark of 13, also set by Northern Arizona in that 1989 game. So was the Cougars' 20 percent shooting, breaking the mark of 20.3 percent set by NAU that night 24 years ago.

"Arizona jumped on us early and it never really ended," Washington State coach Ken Bone said. "We weren't playing an up-tempo game but a lot of that was due to Arizona's defense. All the credit goes to Arizona and how solid they are in different areas of defending on and off the ball."

The Cougars missed their first 16 shots before Royce Woolridge made a layup with 6:42 left in the half. Arizona led 21-2 on Johnson's 3-pointer with 8:18 to go until the break.

"They are really a good team," Woolridge said. "It's just hard to score on them. They're big in the paint and it was just really had to score because they were so active. It's a good learning experience, though, and we won't let this happen again."

Washington State made it 21-7 before the Wildcats scored the final seven points of the half.

The Cougars were 2 of 20 from the field in the first half, breaking the McKale record of four field goals set twice, most recently by Arizona State in 1991. It was also a record for fewest points by a team in a half and fewest combined points in a half. The old record was 37 against Oregon in 1985.

The 9.5 percent shooting percentage was also an arena record for a half.

Washington State officials were unsure what the team records for fewest points or field goals in a half were but said Thursday's totals were the lowest since at least 2001. Arizona officials didn't know if the Washington State marks were an opponent low for any Wildcats' game, including those before McKale was built.

Lacy, who is averaging 18.9 points per game, will also miss Sunday's game at Arizona State.

Arizona plays Saturday against Washington, which beat Arizona State 76-65 on Thursday night.

"We have to be able to put this game behind us and be ready to go on Saturday," Miller said, "because clearly Washington is going to come in here with confidence."


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By JULIE SCOTT
Associated Press

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) – Que Johnson scored 19 points and Royce Woolridge added 16 as Washington State routed Mississippi Valley State 85-48 on Saturday.

The Cougars did it without their leading scorer, DaVonte Lacy. Lacy had an appendix attack early Saturday morning and will miss the Pac-12 conference opener against Arizona Jan. 2.

"We just executed well tonight, with focus." Washington State Ken Bone said. "We were just trying to get through the game tonight without DaVonte, and I think the team came through."

D.J. Shelton recorded his second double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds for Washington State (7-5) who shot 88 percent from the field in the second half. Shelton completed his feat all in the first half.

"We came out and played aggressive from the start and even though they were a smaller team, we kept fighting for rebounds," Shelton said. The Cougars held a 44-30 advantage on the boards.

Washington State got out to an early 21-3 lead and never trailed in the game. It held Mississippi Valley State (3-8) to just one basket in the early run as they started the game 1-for-16 from the field. The Delta Devils went eleven minutes without a score in the first half.

"We just came out flat with no energy and we got so far behind it was difficult to recover," Mississippi Valley State Coach Chico Potts said. "We tried to get something going in the second half, but we turned the ball over and they capitalized."

Washington State continued the rout in the second half, outscoring MVSU 48-18 in the paint and scoring 22 points off 19 Mississippi Valley State turnovers.

The Cougars had their best shooting game of the season at 60 percent (33 of 55) from the field. The Delta Devils shot only 27 percent for the game and did not have a player in double figures.

Jeffrey Simmons had nine points to lead MVSU and James Currington chipped in with eight points and seven rebounds for Mississippi Valley State, which shot just 5 of 19 (26 percent) from beyond the arc.


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