Led by a huge performance from junior guard Isaac Bonton, Washington State knocked off Oregon State in a Saturday matinee in Pullman, 89-76.
Bonton flirted with a triple-double in the contest, finishing the game with a career-high 34 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. The transfer from Casper College in Wyoming was a perfect 14-14 from the charity stripe and led an efficient and balanced Washington State offensive. The Cougars had four players who finished with double-figures in scoring in the contest, including CJ Elleby (22 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists), Noah Williams (17 points, 3 assists) and Jeff Pollard (10 points, 3 rebounds).
For Oregon State, the defeat was simply more of the same frustration that has been growing all-year long. Forward Tres Tinkle led the Beavers with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists in a near full-game of action, while guard Ethan Thompson added 14 points and 5 rebounds and center Kylor Kelley chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks. Wing Sean Miller-Moore was a delightful bright spot off the bench, posting 10 points on 5-5 shooting from the field, but it all was to no avail.
With the loss, Oregon State is now 12-6 on the season with a 2-4 mark in conference play, while Washington State moved to 12-7 overall with a 3-3 Pac-12 record.
Game Notes: Former Cougars stand-out and current NBA star Klay Thompson had his jersey retired at half-time of the game...Both Thompson and fellow Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry were in attendance...Bonton and Elleby have now been Washington State’s leading scorer in every game this season except for one...Both teams finished with 30 rebounds in the contest...The Cougars had one more assist (16-15) than the Beavers and shot 50.9% from the field compared to Oregon State’s 50.0%.
Up Next: Oregon State returns to action on Thursday back in Corvallis, when they host UCLA at 8:00 PM PT. The game will be televised on Fox Sports 1.