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Cougs handle Idaho St, 74-39

Published On: Dec 29 2012 09:28:21 PM CST

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Washington State overcame a sluggish start to defeat Idaho State 74-39 on Saturday.

The Cougars (9-4) used a 20-2 run late in the first half to blow open a close game.

Point guard Mike Ladd scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Cougars, who have won four in a row and six of their last seven games.

Brock Motum added 17 points and seven rebounds for Washington State, which trailed 8-6 midway through the first half before Ladd scored seven points and Motum five during the run which put the Cougars on top 26-10 with 4:37 left in the half.

Chris Hansen's 12 points led Idaho State (1-10), which lost its fifth consecutive game. The Bengals are 0-3 against Pac-12 teams this season with previous losses to Utah and Oregon.

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