HOOPS: Since Lodwick talk, Cougs 6-0

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SPOKANE – The season was just six games old, but Abe Lodwick sensed that his Washington State basketball team was flirting with disaster. The Cougars had capped an 0-3 showing at the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif., by blowing a 14-point lead in the final seven minutes of a 64-63 loss to underwhelming UC Riverside. The loss dropped Washington State to 2-4. Lodwick took matters into his own hands...

Lodwick, a two-year starter, was still five games away from making his season debut due to a fractured foot. If Lodwick's foot was not up to par, his mouth proved to be in excellent working order when he addressed his teammates in the locker room after the Riverside game. "I just felt it was a good opportunity to say what was in my heart. I feel like the guys responded well to it," Lodwick said...