The biggest win during Kyle Smith's first few months on the job at Washington State was keeping one of the stars he was inheriting from moving on to the NBA.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Kyle Smith has gotten right to work as the new head coach at Washington State. He's already held a couple of practices with his Cougars since being hired last week and is...
Washington State hired Kyle Smith as its basketball coach Wednesday following the disappointing tenure of Ernie Kent.
Smith was given a six-year contract worth $1.4 million annually after a...
Washington State fired basketball coach Ernie Kent on Thursday after five seasons where he was unable to turnaround the Cougars program and had a significant exodus of players under his...
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Make it an unexpected desert sweep for Robert Franks and the Washington State Cougars.
Franks had 31 points after scoring 34 two nights earlier and Washington State ended a 13-game losing streak against Arizona by beating the Wildcats 69-55 on Saturday night.
"Once we get it figured out, which we did, we're a pretty good team," Franks said.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Washington State has had little to celebrate this season, so a surprise victory in the desert felt awfully good.
Robert Franks Jr. matched his career high with 34 points and Washington State stunned Arizona State with a dominant 91-70 victory over the Sun Devils on Thursday night.
"This is a big, big win for our program," Washington State coach Ernie Kent said.
The Cougars (9-14, 2-8 Pac-12) snapped a five-game losing streak and won on the road for the first time this season.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Robert Franks, after missing four games with a hip contusion, returned to the court in a big way Thursday.
The 6-foot-9 senior scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Washington State beat California 82-59 on Thursday in a clash of the Pacific 12 Conference's winless teams.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Robert Franks had 25 points, 12 rebounds and five assists as Washington State beat Rider 94-80 on Monday night.
Marvin Cannon added 23 points, going 15 of 16 from the free-throw line, and CJ Elleby had 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Washington State (6-3).
Jordan Allen scored 24 points, making 7 of 14 from 3-point range, for Rider (4-4).
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — Washington State coach Ernie Kent had warned everyone to not be fooled by Montana State's 2-6 record.
"They're a good team," said Kent. "They've just had a tough schedule."
The Bobcats held off Washington State for a 95-90 win Sunday at the Toyota Center.
The game was in Kennewick to give Cougars fans and alumni in the Tri-Cities area a chance to see the men's basketball team in person as students in Pullman approach dead week and final exams.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Freshman CJ Elleby scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds with four assists as Washington State beat Cal State Northridge 103-94 on Tuesday night.
Robert Franks added 22 points and seven rebounds for Washington State (4-1). Viont'e Daniels had 14 points, going 4-8 from 3-point range.
Elleby was the spark WSU needed with Franks scoring a season-low 22 points. He energized the Cougars with two blocks and provided easy buckets in transition.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Robert Franks scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Washington State beat Delaware State 80-52 Saturday night.
Ahmed Ali added 17 points. Viont'e Daniels hit 3 of 6 from 3-point range and finished with 11 points for WSU (3-1).
"I felt like in the beginning we wasn't together, we wasn't focused," said Ali. "We got our rhythm together, got everyone comfortable and moving the ball, playing as a team in the second half."
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Robert Franks scored 30 points, grabbed six rebounds and distributed five assists as Washington State beat Cal Poly 84-70 at Beasley Coliseum on Monday.
Ahmed Ali added 15 points for Washington State (2-1), making five 3-point baskets and was crucial to several Cougar runs.
KENT, Wash. (AP) — Terrell Brown scored a game-high 20 points, with eight coming in the final 86 seconds, and Seattle University held off Washington State 78-69 on Wednesday night.
It was the first time Seattle U. has beaten the Cougars since the 1978-79 season.
"You just want to try and move up the pecking order in the state," Redhawks second-year coach Jim Hayford said. "Tonight, we made the most of this opportunity."
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Robert Franks scored 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Washington State beat Nicholls State 89-72 in the season opener for the Cougars on Sunday.
Franks scored 19 of his 31 points in the second half going 3 of 6 from 3-point range. He was a factor on both sides of the floor using his length and athleticism.
For the fourth consecutive year, Washington State is picked to finish last in the Pac-12. But don't tell that to coach Ernie Kent.
"This team is ready to be in postseason play," Kent said, when asked if WSU could finish above .500 this season. "We're marching toward a championship. We don't look at .500 or just barely being above .500."
Actually, .500 would be a big improvement for a team that went 12-19 last year, with half the wins coming in the first six games.
Last season: 12-19
Coach: Ernie Kent
Who's gone: Point guard Malachi Flynn transferred to San Diego State. Also gone are Drick Bernstine, Milan Acquaah, Jamar Ergas, Kwinton Hinson, KJ Langston and Steven Shpreyregin.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — The exodus from the Washington State basketball program has continued, with guard Milan Acquaah announcing he will transfer.
Acquaah, a freshman guard, started nine times for Washington State and appeared in 30 of 31 games, averaging 4.9 points per game.
His decision Friday means the Cougars have lost four members of their backcourt this offseason, including point guard Malachi Flynn, reserve guard Jamar Ergas and walk-on guard TJ Mickelson.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State guard Malachi Flynn says he will transfer to another program.
Flynn tweeted the announcement Tuesday, but did not say where he is going. Flynn wrote that the decision was in his best interests at this time.
Flynn, who will be a junior, has been a starter for both his seasons at Washington State. He was the second-leading scorer on the team with an average of 15.8 points per game this season.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Washington State coach Ernie Kent had empathy for Cal on Thursday night, but he was thrilled it was the Cougars who won 78-76 in a duel to escape last place in the Pac-12 Conference.
Drick Bernstein scored a layup with 1.7 seconds left and the Cougars (11-16, 3-12) won for the first time in 10 road games to climb into 11th place.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Forward Chimezie Metu will give up his role as team captain and issue a written apology as part of his discipline by Southern California after his flagrant foul in a win over Washington State.
Metu kicked Cougars guard Carter Skaggs in the groin and was ejected late in the first half on Sunday.
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Sometimes new habits can be the best.
Washington State found itself down by nine points midway through the second half of their Wooden Legacy championship game against San Diego State on Sunday night and hardly blinked.
The unbeaten Cougars had trailed by 20 points in their opening tournament game against Saint Joseph's and trailed again the next night against Saint Mary's.
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Malachi Flynn is Washington State's only returning starter, so naturally he wanted the ball with the game on the line.
Flynn hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 5 seconds remaining, lifting WSU to a 75-71 victory over Saint Joseph's after the Cougars rallied from a 20-point first-half deficit in the opening round of the Wooden Legacy on Thursday.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Robert Franks had 25 points, nine rebounds and a career-high eight assists, Malachi Flynn added 15 points and Washington State used a big second-half run to beat Idaho State 83-62 on Saturday.
Franks had those numbers with 4:15 left and was subbed out of the game with 3:22 remaining.
"It was just confidence, everybody moving the ball and having rhythm," Franks said. "You know once somebody sees it go in, it just got contagious with the team."