PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — CJ Elleby scored 22 points to lead Washington State to a 65-50 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sunday night.
Elleby was 8 of-18 shooting and also had seven rebounds and two assists. Isaac Bonton chipped in 16 points, five rebounds and three assists and Jeff Pollard added 11 points.
After a lackluster first half where they were held to just 32% shooting, the Cougars (9-4) outscored Arkansas-Pine Bluff 26-0 in the paint during the second.
The game was close until the Cougars went on a 7-0 run to go up 60-48 with 2:37 left.
After outrebounding the Cougars 21-13 and winning the battle in the paint 18-6 in the first half, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-11) was dominated inside in the second and held to just 28% shooting after making 13 of 26 from the field before the break. The Golden Lions also gave up 13 fast break points to the Cougars in the second.
Dequan Morris and Jamil Wilson each had eight points for the Golden Lions.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff: The Golden Lions head into Southwestern Athletic Conference play on a six-game losing streak.
Washington State: The Cougars are on a six-game winning streak going into Pac-12 play.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff: The Golden Lions open their SWAC slate at Mississippi Valley State on Saturday.
Washington State: The Cougars begin Pac-12 play at home against Southern California on Thursday.
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