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February 9, 2012

Cougars ride Motum's 24 to victory

The Cougars turned in perhaps their most well-rounded performance of the year against Oregon State in Corvallis on Thursday.

Seven different WSU players scored in an 83-73 victory against the Beavers - a game that was not as close as the score would indicate.

Brock Motum led WSU (13-11, 5-7) with 24 points. The Cougars shot 51 percent from the floor, while restricting OSU (15-9, 5-7) to only 37 percent shooting.

It was more than just Motum for the Cougars.

Reggie Moore dished out 11 assists and scored 10 points. Junior D.J. Shelton scored a career-high 14 points and hauled in nine rebounds.

Oregon State's Jared Cunningham showed how dangerous he could be, scoring a game-high 33 points on 10 of 20 shooting from the floor.

The Cougars scored 12 of their first 19 points in the paint en route to a 19-17 lead with 10:48 remaining in the first half. Still, WSU could not slow down conference-leading scorer Cunningham as he scored 14 of the Beavers first 23 points, including three three-pointers.

However, the Cougars engineered an offensive onslaught and built a 46-31 lead. The second half was more of the same as the Cougars continued to extend their lead, getting out to a 64-47 advantage.

WSU shot 54 percent up to that point in the game, while restricting OSU to only 32 percent shooting from the floor. Cunningham was the lone bright spot for the Beavers, as he hit seven of OSU's first 13 shots.



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