Saturday’s box score
No. 16 WSU 85, Tennessee St. 71
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The “What not to wear cam” didn’t pick on the man in the red hoodie in section 123, a smart decision.
That was recruit Eric Hamilton, a 6-foot-8 senior forward from Duluth, Ga., making an official visit to WSU. Hamilton is also considering Houston, Auburn, Oregon State, Cleveland State, Memphis, Georgia and Northwestern.
WSU moved up on his list after Saturday’s game. He enjoyed his visit, which started Friday, and liked WSU’s system and the crowd at Koch Arena.
“I’m definitely considering signing here a lot more, just based off of this visit,” he said. “I got to meet the players. I got to see what everyone else is about. I’m definitely liking it. Their playing style fits what I’m trying to do.”
The fall signing period ends Wednesday. Hamilton is undecided as to when he will sign. The next signing period begins April 16.
Bigs on notice
WSU coach Gregg Marshall started center Chadrack Lufile in place of Kadeem Coleby. Coleby ended up playing 22 minutes to Lufile’s nine. Darius Carter started the second half and played 16 minutes.
With tougher opponents looming, tolerance for mistakes dropped a level. Marshall yanked post players for defensive lapses, starting about two minutes in when Lufile surrendered a layup to M.J. Rhett and Coleby went to the scorer’s table. Later in the half, Rhett drove by Coleby to draw a foul and Lufile replaced him. Late in the half, Rhett grabbed three offensive rebounds in one possession and Marshall looked like he wanted to replace his team.
Marshall said it wasn’t just one mistake that caused him to make a change.
“I’ve got to figure out the guy that’s going to play well,” he said. “Sometimes I don’t know who’s going to play well. Tonight, it was Darius at the start of the second half.”
While guards Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet didn’t shoot well, they continued to run the offense effectively. Baker handed out a career-high eight assists (with no turnovers) and VanVleet had six assists and two turnovers.… WSU’s Tekele Cotton made his first threes of the season in the first half, one coming on Carter’s first assist of the season.… Tennessee State scored 17 points off 11 WSU turnovers, five more than the Shockers on 15 by TSU.… WSU is 4-0 for the second straight season. Last season’s team won nine games before losing at Tennessee.… The game finished the Koch Arena portion of the CBE Classic. WSU plays DePaul on Nov. 25 in Kansas City when it resumes.