Washington St. 84, Portland 68
Klay Thompson scored Washington State's first nine points and 18 of his 35 in the first half, and the Cougars nearly blew all of an early 20-point lead before pulling away from Portland 84-68 on Tuesday night.
Playing their annual game at Seattle's KeyArena, the Cougars (3-0) jumped to a 24-4 lead, then had to fend off a furious rally from the Pilots in the second half. Portland cut the deficit in half before halftime and pulled within 57-56 with 11 minutes left before the Cougars put it out of reach.
Washington State scored 23 of the next 27 points to build its lead back to 80-60. Faisal Aden added 21 points for the Cougars.
Jared Stohl led Portland (4-2) with 21 points and Nemanja Mitrovic added 17 for the Pilots.