PULLMAN, Wash. -- Brock Motum added 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for his fourth career double-double to help Washington State beat Eastern Washington University 88-69 Saturday in the season opener for both teams.
Mike Ladd and DaVonte Lacy each added 15 points for Washington State and D.J. Shelton pulled down 12 rebounds as the Cougars outrebounded the Eagles 47-34.
Justin Crosgile added 28 points and had seven 3-pointers for Eastern Washington. Crosgile hit five 3-pointers late in the second half, but it would not be enough as the Eagles struggled from the field most of the night.
Washington State's defense held the Eagles to 34 percent from the field (25 of 72). Washington State shot 54 percent from the field, 61 percent in the second half.
"We are a free-flowing team, and when they are going in we look good, but when you start the game 4 for 22 shooting, it's hard to recover," Eastern Washington coach Jim Hayford said.
Washington State coach Ken Bone said it was the plan for his defense to contest the 3-point shot.
"I think we let up on that plan late in the second half, and they hit some shots, but overall we played strong defensively," he said.
Washington State controlled the paint the entire game and outscored the Eagles 44-18 in the middle as the Eagles had no answer for the inside presence of Motum.
"He is very patient player and lets the game come to him, we will be successful when we get the ball inside to Brock," Bone said.
Hayford said Motum is difficult to guard.
"When we doubled him in the paint, he made adjustments and found the open man. He is a good college player," Hayford said.