Cougars storm past Mississippi Valley 85-48

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Que Johnson scored 19 points and Royce Woolridge added 16 as Washington State routed Mississippi Valley State 85-48 on Saturday.

The Cougars did it without their leading scorer, DaVonte Lacy. Lacy, a Curtis High School product, had an appendix attack early Saturday morning and will miss the Pac-12 conference opener against Arizona Jan. 2.

"We just executed well tonight, with focus." Washington State Ken Bone said. "We were just trying to get through the game tonight without DaVonte, and I think the team came through."

D.J. Shelton recorded his second double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds for Washington State (7-5) who shot 88 percent from the field in the second half. Shelton completed his feat all in the first half.

"We came out and played aggressive from the start and even though they were a smaller team, we kept fighting for rebounds," Shelton said. The Cougars held a 44-30 advantage on the boards.

Washington State got out to an early 21-3 lead and never trailed in the game. It held Mississippi Valley State (3-8) to just one basket in the early run as they started the game 1-for-16 from the field. The Delta Devils went eleven minutes without a score in the first half.

"We just came out flat with no energy and we got so far behind it was difficult to recover," Mississippi Valley State Coach Chico Potts said. "We tried to get something going in the second half, but we turned the ball over and they capitalized."

Washington State continued the rout in the second half, outscoring MVSU 48-18 in the paint and scoring 22 points off 19 Mississippi Valley State turnovers.

The Cougars had their best shooting game of the season at 60 percent (33 of 55) from the field. The Delta Devils shot only 27 percent for the game and did not have a player in double figures.

Jeffrey Simmons had nine points to lead MVSU and James Currington chipped in with eight points and seven rebounds for Mississippi Valley State, which shot just 5 of 19 (26 percent) from beyond the arc.