FULLERTON, Calif., November 26, 2017 – Backed by a pair of 20-point performances, the Washington State Cougars remained undefeated and took home the Wooden Legacy championship defeating San Diego State, 93-86.
Sophomore Malachi Flynn was named Most Outstanding Player for the tournament following his second consecutive 20-plus point outing with a game-high 24 points. Junior Robert Franks finished with 22 points to go along with five rebounds. Sophomore Jeff Pollard was the final Cougar in double-figures with 16 points off the bench in the victory.
The Aztec offense saw four double-figure scorers led by junior Devin Watson who put up 23 points along with a team-high six assists. Senior Trey Kell finished with 19 points while freshman Matt Mitchell came one rebound shy of a double-double with 12 points and nine boards. Sophomore Nolan Narain contributed 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Aztecs.
The championship game turned out to be the highest scoring affair of the tournament and Washington State wasted no time getting it started. After taking an early 5-0 lead in the first minute and a half, the battle began as the teams went back-and-forth exchanging buckets. In the final five minutes alone, there were six lead changes and the score was tied up four different times. The Cougars would get a three-point lead at the break thanks to a Flynn three-pointer from the wing with 29 seconds left on the clock.
The shootout of a game continued at the start of the second half, but Washington State broke it open a little bit after a quick 7-0 run capped off by another Flynn three. That would turn out to be the difference as the Cougars would end up extending their lead to seven with 36 seconds left on the clock. SDSU tried to make a late push, but could not get a shot to fall and WSU kept their undefeated season alive and took home the championship.