PULLMAN - On a day where the new Washington State football head coach was formally announced in Pullman, it was the men's basketball team stealing the headlines late Thursday evening.
The Washington State men's basketball team hosted the eighth ranked Oregon Ducks in Beasley Coliseum Thursday, and shocked the nation by pulling off the 72-61 win. It was the Cougars first win over a team ranked in the top 10 since 2007.
CJ Elleby led the Cougars with 25 points, and 14 rebounds. As a team, WSU shot 52.4% from three point range (11-21), and were 11-17 from the free throw line.
The Ducks now drop to 14-4 on the season and could potentially fall out of the top 10 come the next AP rankings. For Washington State, they improve to 11-7.
Now the Cougars will take this momentum into Saturday's game against Oregon State in front of what is sure to be one of the largest crowds at Beasley Coliseum in recent memory. Former Cougar and current Golden State Warrior Klay Thompson is coming back to have his jersey retired by the university, and he is bringing fellow 'Splash Brother' Steph Curry with him. The game is set for a 1:00 P.M. tip.