Cougs takes first road trip against Boise State

Men’s basketball heads to Idaho after big win in season opener

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HAILEE SPEIR

WSU guard Justin Powell dribbles the ball during an NCAA men’s basketball game against Texas State, Nov. 7.

HAYDEN STINCHFIELD, Evergreen reporter

WSU men’s basketball will be on the road for the first of three road games and the first of those will come Saturday against the Boise State Broncos.

The Cougs are leaving the Palouse 1-0 after an impressive display against Texas State Monday. In an 83-61 victory, Justin Powell and Mouhamed Gueye both had double-doubles, with the former having 12 assists. Those twelve assists were the most any Coug had dished out since Reggie Moore posted 12 assists against Portland State on Dec. 19, 2009.

With Powell’s playmaking providing great momentum, Wazzu survived a tough first half and floored it through the second half. Five Cougs finished in double figures and everyone who suited up saw the floor at some point, even if it was only for a few minutes.

Moving into the game against Boise, there will be a few question marks for the Cougs. First of all, the availability of center Adrame Diongue has yet to be seen. Diongue had only two minutes on Monday as he has an ankle injury.

His availability to play at all in that game bodes well for this one as he will have almost a week to heal further. This will be something to watch as the game gets closer because Diongue is one of the highest-ranked recruits in program history and should be able to take some of the 32 center minutes that Gueye played on Monday if he is healthy.

Boise State has yet to play a game. When the Broncos came up to a neutral-site game in Spokane last year, they ended up beating the Cougs 58-52. That marked the fourth game between the two teams, with the series tied at 2-2. None of those games have been played in Pullman, with two neutral sites and two in Boise. This pattern continues this year, with the game being on Boise’s home court.

Last season the Broncos ended up making the NCAA tournament. After a first-round loss, they are hoping to keep momentum and make it back to the tournament.

The Boise State squad is much the same as it was last year. The Broncos return 10 Letterwinners, including two-time All-Mountain West guard, Marcus Shaver Jr. and reigning Mountain West Freshman of the Year, Tyson Degenhart.

The Broncos have their first game against South Dakota on Wednesday and then continue on to play the Cougs on Saturday. That game will be at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Fans can watch on the Mountain West Network and on the Stadium app.