Washington State men rally from 22 points down, win opener in overtime

Robert Franks collected 25 points and 11 rebounds to help the host Cougars beat Texas Southern 86-84.

PULLMAN – Robert Franks collected 25 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out in regulation, Malachi Flynn added 19 points and eight assists, and Washington State overcame a 22-point deficit to beat Texas Southern 86-84 in overtime Sunday.

WSU guard Carter Skaggs scored six points in the final 2:04 of regulation, including two free throws to tie the score with 42 seconds left.

Washington State established the lead early in overtime with a three-pointer from Flynn. The former standout for Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma was a mere 2 of 11 from distance, but both makes came in overtime.

“I don’t think I made a shot in the first half, but you just have to come back and keep shooting,” Flynn said. “That’s just the mentality you need to…

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