Williams leads balanced attack as Washington St dominates Weber
Noah Williams scored 17 points, Mouhamed Gueye scored his first double-double and Washington State handed Weber State its first loss of the season, 94-60 on Wednesday night.
The Cougars (7-2) put five players in double digits. Gueye had 14 points with 10 rebounds, TJ Bomba and DJ Rodman also had 14 points and Michael Flowers added 13 points and five assists.
Ty Roberts had his only free throw for the Cougars, which saw him launch his career 24 times in a row, tying Klay Thompson for the WSU record.
Rodman scored 3 points to start a 10-0 streak that put the Cougars ahead in earnest 22-13. Andrej Jakimovski followed with a 3 point pointer and Gueye got two inside buckets, including a dunk.
Weber State (8-1). push to climb 35-24.
The Wildcats scored the first basket of the second half, but Washington State scored three straight baskets on the rim for a 41-26 lead and the Cougars led by double digits the rest of the way.
Williams scored all the points in a 7-2 run that gave the Cougars a 19-point lead. Weber State responded with eight straight runs, but Flowers and Bamba responded with 3s.
Rodman scored 3 straight points – he had three triples in the last 4:09, for a WSU lead of 81-57. The Cougars outscored the Wildcats 19-3 in the 4:09 final.
Washington State shot 72% (23 of 32) in the second half, rising to 9 of 12 at 3 points. The Cougars finished 13 of 22 behind the arc and shot 58%.
Jones led the edged Wildcats 43-24 with 16 points and seven rebounds. Koby McEwen and JJ Overton added 12 points each and Seikou Sisoho Jawara 11.
It was the second meeting between the schools, the first 62-52 victory in Washington State in the 1983 NCAA tournament.
The Cougars face South Dakota State in Spokane on Saturday.