Junior forward Robert Franks made 10 three-point baskets — a program record — in 13 attempts and scored 34 points in WSU’s 78-53 romp over visiting California. The Cougars improved to 1-4 in Pac-12 play.
PULLMAN – Robert Franks scored 25 of his 34 points in the second half and set a program record for three-point baskets in a game as Washington State cruised to a 78-53 victory over California on Saturday.
Washington State (9-8 overall, 1-4 Pac-12) finally got back in the win column after dropping its first four in conference play. Franks’ shooting performance lifted the Cougars in the second half, as he made seven three-pointers after intermission to finish at 10 of 13 from long range for the game.
The junior forward from Vancouver, Wash., sparked a 13-1 run for WSU over the course of four minutes. The run opened a 17-point lead in the second half for the Cougars, and they remained in control.
“I give a lot of praise to my teammates,” Franks said. “They saw I was hot and they kept feeding me and they wanted me to shoot it. So, you know, it just felt even more better, just seeing they wanted me to break the record.”
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Malachi Flynn, a graduate of Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, added 14 points. Drick Bernstine had 10 points, six rebounds and nine assists.
Kwinton Hinson provided a spark for the Cougars with seven points, seven rebounds and six assists in 26 minutes.
“Robert Franks and Malachi, it’s been a long time since the two of those guys have put a game together at the same time,” said WSU coach Ernie Kent.
The loss for California (7-11, 1-4) was its fourth straight, punctuating an abysmal performance in the second half (it was outscored 48-28).
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