Pullman, WA - Junior center Aron Baynes led the eighth-ranked Washington State Cougars to a 72-60 win over Portland State on Sunday night at Friel Court. Baynes hit 9-9 shots from the field and 5-6 at the line for a game-high 23 points.
That was part of a brilliant overall shooting performance by the Cougars that the Vikings could not match. Washington State hit 26 of 40 shots for a .650 mark on the game. WSU went into the game as one of the top three defensive teams in the nation, allowing just 51.5 points per game. PSU hit 22-54 shots (.407), but put up 60 points in the game.
Washington State improved to 9-0 overall, and won its’ 16th straight home game against a non-conference opponent. The Cougars are now 6-0 all-time against the Vikings.
Portland State is now 6-4 on the season, including 4-4 away from home. The loss ended a three-game winning streak for PSU.
The Vikings led for virtually the entire first half, only giving up the lead in the final two minutes as Washington State went on an eight-point run. The Cougars led 35-28 at halftime.
Portland State pulled back within two early in the second half, but never led again. The Cougars’ advantage stayed at five to seven points for most of the second half. Late free throws pushed it to a 12-point win for WSU.
The Vikings’ loss nullified a strong effort by the Vikings’ Deonte Huff. The senior guard scored 18 points, five rebounds and four steals to lead Portland State. Jeremiah Dominguez added 15 points and three assists for the Vikings.
“That last three, four minutes of the first half really hurt,” said Head Coach Ken Bone. “(It was) disappointing how well Washington State was shooting and scoring, but they had the patience to work the ball and get the good shot. That’s why they are ranked (where) they are.”
- Portland State Media -