PULLMAN — CJ Elleby scored 27 points and Washington State overpowered Seattle 85-54 Thursday night.
Washington State looked strong on both sides of the ball in its season opener under new head coach Kyle Smith.
The Cougars led the entire game, shot 41% and outscored Seattle 32-22 in the paint.
Elleby had an impressive performance overall. He shot 12 of 18 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds. Issac Bonton added 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Seattle (1-1) struggled with a stifling defensive effort by the Cougars. Washington State scored 19 points on 12 turnovers and held the Redhawks to just 36% shooting, including 1 of 13 from the 3-point line. WSU had just three turnovers.
Terrell Brown had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Redhawks.