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Robert Franks, left, and Malachi Flynn are Washington State's top two scorers this season.

Oregon State hosts Washington State in a 7:30 p.m. Thursday game. Here's a look at the Cougars.

Washington State (9-13, 1-9 Pac-12) is coming off an 88-78 home loss to Arizona State last Sunday. Malachi Flynn had 22 points, Robert Franks 18 points and eight rebounds and Vionte Daniels 18 points.

The Cougars have lost five straight since a 78-53 home win against California on Jan. 13.

In Pac-12 games, WSU is sixth in scoring (72.0 points) and 12th in scoring defense (81.9). The Coguars are shooting 44.3 percent overall (tied for seventh), 37.8 on 3-pointers (fourth) and 73.0 at the free-throw line (sixth).

In all games, the team is 44.8 percent overall (11th in Pac-12), 38.6 on 3s (second) and 73.7 on free throws (fifth).  Nationally, the Cougars are fourth in 3-pointers made (11.0 per game) and 45th in 3-point percentage.

Franks, a junior forward averages 18.0 points and 6.9 rebounds with a team-high 22 blocks. Flynn, a sophomore guard, averages 14.8 points and 4.3 assists. Carter Skaggs, another sophomore guard, is at 9.2 points. All three have made at least 54 3-pointers this season.

Franks is fourth in scoring in conference games (17.8) and Flynn is tied for fourth in steals (1.6).

Ernie Kent is in his fourth season as the Cougars' head coach. He was previously the head coach at St. Mary's for six years and Oregon for 13. Kent led Oregon to five NCAA tournaments and St. Mary's to one.

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