Cougs host Stanford

WSU beat Stanford last season 85-76 in triple overtime.



WSU guard TJ Bamba (5) looks for someone to pass the ball to during a college basketball game against Weber State University at Beasley Coliseum, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021.

KAT MCKINNEY-ROLEY, Evergreen reporter

The Stanford Cardinal will be making their way to Pullman to take on WSU at 2 p.m. on Thursday.

After coming off a win against the Utes and the return of Noah Williams, this game should be a good one to watch for Cougs fans now that WSU is healthy. 

The Cougs are coming off a split road trip against the mountain schools. The Cougs lost to the Buffs of the University of Colorado and beat the Utes of the University of Utah. In these two games guard Tyrell Roberts scored a total of 42 points. He still leads the Pac-12 in free throws. 

Guard Noah Williams did not play against Colorado. Williams played in the game against Utah, scoring 11 points in his first game back after following COVID-19 protocol. 

Mouhamed Gueye had a standout offensive and defensive performance. Gueye had 11 points, tying with Williams. He had three rebounds, one block and one steal. 

The pick-and-roll offense proved to be very effective for the Cougs. The Cougs funneled the ball inside to Gueye, who had two back-to-back dunks and scored eight quick points. 

Andrej Jakimovski joined the double-figure club, scoring 10 points and putting up seven rebounds.

The Cougs are starting to pick up right where they left off before the team entered COVID-19 protocols and could not play for 15 days.

With their win over the Utes, the Cougs moved to 9-6 overall and 2-2 in conference play. 

Stanford is currently 1-1 in the Pac-12 and 8-4 overall. The Stanford men have not done very well on the road, losing all of their away games so far this season. 

Stanford has had their last three games canceled due to COVID-19. The team’s last game was on Dec. 23 against Liberty when they won by three points. COVID-19 issues have caused Stanford to miss two conference games against No. 5 UCLA and the University of California Berkeley. 

Fans can tune into ESPNU to watch WSU take on Stanford in the Cougars’ first home game since COVID-19 protocol.