Hawkinson carries WSU past UTEP, 84-69
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Josh Hawkinson led Washington State with 17 points and 14 rebounds in an 84-69 triumph over UTEP on Sunday.
Conor Clifford added 15 points on 5-for-5 shooting from the field and at the free-throw line for the Cougars (6-2).
Lee Moore led UTEP (6-3) with 13 points despite sinking just 4 of 16 field-goal attempts. Earvin Morris and Terry Winn both scored 12 points.
The Cougars shot a season-high 55.3 percent from the field, including 50 percent on 3-pointers. UTEP started the day ranked 18th in the nation in field-goal shooting defense (37 percent) and 3-point shooting defense (27.4 percent). WSU was ranked 19th in field-goal shooting (49.6) on offense.
UTEP struggled against Washington State's zone defense, hitting just 36.5 percent from the floor and 26.1 percent from 3-point range. Most of the scoring for both teams came at the free-throw line in the game's final nine minutes.