WSU in search of a win against 0-6 Buffaloes

From staff reports

The WSU men’s basketball team is looking to snap a four-game losing streak against the winless Colorado Buffaloes squad this Saturday.

During the four-game skid, the Cougars have failed to score more than 66 points in any of the losses and have been outscored by a combined 94 points.

The Cougars (9-9, 2-4) enter Saturday’s contest fresh off their worst performance of the season after being manhandled by Utah on Wednesday night in a 41-point loss (88-47). The WSU defense allowed the Utes to shoot 58 percent from the field, but the offense was arguably even more anemic, shooting just 32 percent from the floor (19-58) for the game.

“I felt like I was flat, the staff was flat, the team played flat,” Head Coach Ernie Kent said. “We did not bring our energy into this game.”

The Buffaloes (10-9, 0-6) arrive at Beasley Coliseum equally in need of a win after enduring a grueling slate of games to open Pac-12 play.

Despite being winless in conference play, the Buffaloes still have a positive scoring differential on the season and have played each conference game close thus far.

The Buffaloes will turn to their two senior guards Xavier Johnson and Derrick White against WSU, who each average more than 15 point per game to give the team a potent scoring backcourt.

Senior forward Josh Hawkinson leads the offensive attack for the Cougars, recording a double-double in 16 of 18 games this season and most recently tallied 19 points and 13 boards against Utah. Freshman guard Malachi Flynn will also play a key role in helping the Cougars keep pace with Colorado’s guards, as he averages 12 points per game and shoots at a 41 percent clip from deep.

WSU tips off against Colorado at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Beasley Coliseum. The game will be broadcasted on the Pac-12 Network.

Reporting by Garrett Gluck