Robert Franks, a junior from Vancouver, had 28 points and 11 rebounds in an 86-58 victory over visiting Bethune-Cookman.
PULLMAN – Robert Franks scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Carter Skaggs added 14 points and the Washington State men’s basketball team defeated Bethune-Cookman 86-58 on Friday night.
Washington State (8-4) started strong, with four three-pointers from Skaggs, and built a 19-point lead midway through the first half. But the Wildcats rallied, getting a buzzer beater by Jeffery Altidort to cap a 7-0 run that tied the score at 40 at intermission.
The Cougars then opened the second half with urgency, pulling away with a 23-7 run in the first eight minutes. Viont’e Daniels of Federal Way scored 12 points and sparked the run by going 3 for 3 from three-point range to give the Cougars a 16-point lead.
Franks, a junior from Vancouver, continued his stellar play, averaging 17.2 points and seven rebounds on the season. Skaggs has made 10 of 16 from behind the three-point line in his last two games.
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Drick Bernstine added 10 points with 15 rebounds for WSU.
“We got the lead and lost our focus. We challenged them at halftime to get that focus back, and I thought they did it,” said Cougars coach Ernie Kent. “I thought for 20 minutes they were really locked in at both ends of the floor and played extremely well.”
Soufiyane Diakite led the Wildcats (5-9) with 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, but was held to just four points in the second half.
WSU made 15 three-pointers and ranks sixth nationally at 11.6 made threes per game.
The Cougars play their next game Dec. 29 at UCLA.
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