Big run separates Cougs from Lions

PULLMAN, Wash. — At one point late in the first half, the situation looked really good for Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Golden Lions led Pacific-12 contender Washington State 16-14 on its home floor, hoping to stay either in front or within striking distance the rest of the way.

But, again, UAPB was overpowered.

The Cougars then went on an 18-0 run into the second half and held the Lions to another bad shooting performance Saturday night, winning 66-38 on Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum. UAPB (1-4), which lost both games of its Thanksgiving trip to the West Coast, shot 15 of 50 for 30 percent.

No UAPB player finished the game in double-figure scoring. Terrell Kennedy scored nine points and had only three rebounds, while Davon Haynes added eight points and four boards, and Lazabian Jackson and Tevin Hammond each had six points.

UAPB went 4 for 18 from three-point range (22.2 percent) and 4 for 9 from the free-throw line. The Lions were outrebounded 39-24 and each team committed 12 turnovers.

Washington State (3-3) led 8-1, but Jackson scored all six of his points on a run that put UAPB ahead 16-14 with 3:56 left before halftime. It was tied 36 seconds later at 16, as Brock Motum started the game-changing run with a layup.

Royce Woolridge and Motum each scored 14 points to lead Washington State. Motum added two blocks.

Dexter Kernich-Drew added 10 points for Washington State.

The Cougars, who snapped a three-game losing streak, were perfect from the foul line in 12 attempts. They shot 23 for 48 for 47.9 percent, including 8 for 25 from three-point range for 32 percent.

The Lions will return to campus for classes and head back west to play again at 7 p.m. Central Wednesday against another Pac-12 team, Arizona State, in Tempe. Arizona State beat Arkansas 83-68 on Friday and played Creighton late Saturday for the Las Vegas Invitational title.