The Washington State University men's hoop team decided to play defense this time and the result was a 81-76 win over the Oregon State Beavers in Spokane. With the victory, Wazzu improves to 1-1 in conference play and 9-5 overall on the year.
Wazzu took a quick five point lead, at 13-8, to begin the game and gradually built that out to nine points at 22-13 midway through the first half. Oregon State came back to take a brief lead but after the game was tied at 35-all, Wazzu scored the last five points of the half to take a 40-35 advantage going into the locker room at halftime.
Wazzu built their lead out to double digits at 52-42 midway through the first half and were able to sustain their advantage for much of the second half until Oregon State cut the lead to three at 78-76 with less than a minute remaining - but an attempted tying three-pointer was missed and Wazzu closed out the victory by scoring the game's last three points.
Wazzu was led by Brock Motum with a career-high 26 points.
- Wazzu has lost only one game in the month of December.
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