Brock Motum scored 27 points and DaVonte Lacy added 11and hit three 3-pointers as Washington State beat Jackson State 52-41 on Thursday.
Washington State (7-4) trailed 34-32 with 12 minutes remaining before the Cougars woke up and went on a 14-0 run. The Tigers would not score again until the 5:15 mark and managed to score only four more points the rest of the way.
“I was happy with our defense tonight, but was not happy with our shooting and our ball handling was very bad, our mind was not in the game,” Washington State coach Ken Bone said.
Jackson State (0-7) scored 21 points off 19 Cougar turnovers, keeping the Tigers competitive throughout most of the game, but it had no answer for the inside play of Motum, leading Washington State by outscoring the Tigers 30-14 in the paint.
“He (Motum) played 38 minutes, I was not planning on playing (him) that much tonight, I was hoping to get some guys 8-10 minutes, but that didn’t work out that way, we had to play Brock,” Bone said.
Dundrecous Nelson scored 13 points, Christian Williams and Kelsey Howard each added eight points for Jackson State. The Tigers shot just 22 percent from the field, 13 of 57, compared to Washington State, which shot 40 percent for the game, making 20 of 49 shots.
“We stuck to our game plan, but could not put the ball in the basket, you cannot beat a team like Washington State shooting 20 percent,” Jackson State coach Tevester Anderson said.