PULLMAN, WA (AP) — Muhammed Gwai scored 18 points and 12 rebounds, Justin Powell scored 11 points, including a scoring layup, and Washington State beat Oregon 68-65 Sunday to seal the Cougars’ third straight victory.
TJ Bamba also scored 11 points for Washington State (13-15, 8-9 Pac-12) but made only 5 of 17 from the field and Andrzej Jakimowski added 10 points.
Justin Powell scored 3 points before Gueye and Bamba each made a layup that made it 7-2 but Keeshawn Barthelemy scored a pull 3 to cut the Oregon deficit to 66-65 with 1:20 left. Bamba missed a fading jumper in the lane, and DJ Rodman grabbed the offensive rebound and fouled before Powell missed a jumper and Jakimowski hit another rebound. After a WSU timeout, Powell went around a screen by Gueye on the left wing, patiently made his way across the lane and finished off the backboard on the opposite side of the rim to make it 68-65 with 23 seconds to go.
Jermaine Couisnard missed an open look on a potential 3-pointer tie in the closing seconds.
Barthelemy scored 15 of his 17 in the final nine minutes for Oregon (15-13, 9-8) and Cuisnard added 12 points. Nafali Dante scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds – his seventh double-double of the season.
Gueye has five double-doubles in his last seven games and his 12th of the season.
Barthelemy made a jump shot with 8:52 left and scored 12 points on a 17-6 run that culminated when he made 1-of-2 free throws that gave Oregon a 60-59 lead with four minutes to play.
Oregon’s Brennan Rigsby scored two points, grabbed two rebounds and a steal in nine minutes before leaving the game and did not return due to an apparent injury to his left ankle with about six minutes to play.
The Cougars tied their season-low six turnovers but committed four in the last 10 minutes.
Rodman announced at a senior night celebration before hinting that he would be returning to Washington State for his fifth and final season with the Cougars. He finished with nine points and hit 3-of-5 from 3-point range.
Oregon State is on hold until a three-game road trip wraps up on Saturday in Oregon State
Washington State wraps up the regular season with three straight road games starting Thursday at Stanford
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