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Tony Miller scores 18 as WSU Cougars beat Idaho 78-65

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) – Tony Miller scored a career-high 18 points and Noah Williams finished with 12 to lead Washington State to a 78-65 victory over Idaho on Wednesday night.

WSU 78, Idaho 65: Stats

Miller, who averaged 3.2 points per game entering the night, was 6-of-7 shooting, and made 6-of-8 free throws. Jaylen Shead had eight rebounds, nine assists and three steals in addition to six points.

The bench of Washington State (4-4) stepped up, outscoring the Vandals 38-16 on a night when the Cougars leading scorer CJ Elleby was held to 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting. The Cougars were also more physical on both ends of the floor, winning the rebounding battle 39-29 and had 12 steals.

Despite forcing a season high 16 turnovers on Washington State, Idaho (3-6) was unable to hang with the Cougars in the second half. Scott Blakney had 13 points and Trevon Allen finished with 12 for the Vandals.

BIG PICTURE

Washington State: After going 1-3 at the Cayman Islands Classic, the Cougars get a much-needed win over regional rival Idaho.

Idaho: The Vandals have lost three in a row and are now 3-6 for the season, after going 5-27 a year ago when they only beat three D-I teams.

UP NEXT

Washington State: The Cougars travel to Spokane, Washington, on Saturday to play New Mexico State.

Idaho: The Vandals play Cal State Bakersfield at home on Dec. 14.