PULLMAN, Wash. -- — Freshman Myles Rice had career highs of six 3-pointers and 28 points and Washington State pulled away inside the final nine minutes to beat Eastern Washington 82-72 on Monday night.
Mason Williams scored eight straight points on a pair of 3s and a jumper to pull Eastern Washington to 58-56 with 8:11 remaining. Washington State answered with 10-0 surge, highlighted by Andrej Jakimovski's three-point play and 3-pointer, that stretched the lead to 68-56 with 5:27 to play.
Jake Kyman hit a 3 for Eastern Washington that cut the deficit to 78-72 before Washington State sealed it at the free-throw line.
Rice finished 9-of-16 shooting from the field and 6 of 8 from long range as he continued his strong start, having scored in double figures in five of his first six games.
Washington State took the lead for good about four minutes into the game. Rice's 15 first-half points helped the Cougars build a 40-34 halftime lead. WSU had 12-point advantages in each half.
The Cougars entered play leading the nation with 37 blocks, but didn't swat any shots against the Eagles.
Eastern Washington plays at Southern California on Wednesday. Washington State hosts Portland State on Saturday.
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