The Washington State Cougars beat Utah on Wednesday night (Jan. 16) to post their first conference win of the season. The Pac-12 schedule has not been easy for the Cougars, as the team lost its first three conference games. That streak ended against Utah, though, as the Cougars posted a 75-65 win in Pullman.
Mike Ladd led the way with 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting. That included five three-pointers as he led all scorers in the game. All five starters for the Cougars finished in double-figures for the night as coach Ken Bone went with a short rotation of players. Brock Motum and Royce Woolridge also chipped in 14 points each in the win.
Impressive shooting (50 percent from the field) and good ball control (just 11 turnovers) were the keys to this win. It allowed WSU to improve to 10-7 on the season and 1-3 in conference play, with fans hoping that this win can create some momentum as the conference schedule really gets going.
Next up for the Washington State Cougars is a game against Colorado on Saturday night (Jan. 19). Colorado also has just one conference win, so this game will be important for WSU when it comes to the Pac-12 standings. So far the leaders are UCLA and Washington with equal 4-0 records and Oregon right behind with a 3-0 mark in conference play.