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Updated Friday, December 14, 2012 at 01:01 AM

Sluggish Washington State holds off cold-shooting Jackson State

PULLMAN — Brock Motum scored 27 points and DaVonte Lacy added 11, including a trio of three-pointers, as Washington State beat Jackson State 52-41 on Thursday.

Washington State (7-4) trailed 34-32 with 12 minutes remaining before the Cougars woke up and went on a 14-0 run. The Tigers would not score again until the 5:15 mark and managed to score only four more points the rest of the way.

"I was happy with our defense tonight, but was not happy with our shooting, and our ball handling was very bad," Washington State coach Ken Bone said. "Our mind was not in the game."

Jackson State (0-7) scored 21 points off 19 Cougar turnovers, keeping the Tigers competitive throughout most of the game, but it had no answer for the inside play of Motum, leading Washington State by outscoring the Tigers 30-14 in the paint.

"He (Motum) played 38 minutes. I was not planning on playing (him) that much tonight, I was hoping to get some guys 8-10 minutes, but that didn't work out that way; we had to play Brock," Bone said.

Dundrecous Nelson scored 13 points, Christian Williams and Kelsey Howard each added eight points for Jackson State, which shot 22 percent (13 of 57) from the field.

WASHINGTON ST. 52, JACKSON ST. 41

JACKSON ST. (0-7) — Gregory 1-3 0-0 2, D. Taylor 0-1 2-2 2, Nelson 4-14 4-4 13, Howard 2-10 3-4 8, C. Williams 3-13 1-2 8, Stubbs 0-2 0-0 0, Stewart 1-4 0-0 3, Lewis 0-0 0-0 0, Coleman 0-5 0-0 0, P. Williams 2-5 0-0 5, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-57 10-12 41.

WASHINGTON ST. (7-4) — Motum 10-18 7-10 27, Shelton 2-4 0-0 4, Ladd 2-7 1-2 5, Woolridge 0-3 0-0 0, Kernich-Drew 1-4 1-2 3, Lacy 4-10 0-0 11, Leavitt 0-0 0-0 0, Longrus 1-3 0-0 2, Ballard 0-0 0-0 0, Boese 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-49 9-14 52.

Halftime — Washington St. 26-21. Three-point goals — Jackson St. 5-24 (P. Williams 1-2, Nelson 1-4, Stewart 1-4, Howard 1-6, C. Williams 1-8), Washington St. 3-19 (Lacy 3-8, Shelton 0-1, Ladd 0-2, Woolridge 0-2, Kernich-Drew 0-3, Motum 0-3). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — Jackson St. 29 (Gregory, Howard 4), Washington St. 44 (Kernich-Drew, Motum 8). Assists — Jackson St. 9 (Nelson, C. Williams 2), Washington St. 15 (Ladd 6). Total fouls — Jackson St. 14, Washington St. 11. A — 2,686.


DEAN HARE / AP
WSU's Mike Ladd, left, drives against Jackson State guard Christian Williams in Pullman Thursday night.




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