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WSU Men’s Basketball Struggles Cause Lack of Attendance

PULLMAN – The Washington State Cougars have had a rough basketball season thus far which has taken a toll on student attendance in Beasley Coliseum. The average attendance this season for men’s basketball hovers around 2,500 people per game, that roughly takes up a quarter of Beasley Coliseum’s maximum capacity.

The Cougars are currently second to last in conference play and have seven games left to play.

Alex Belnavis, president of ZZU CRU, hopes that fans will continue to support the team amidst their struggles, “it looks rough right now, but as soon as people start coming by and people start adding to it, it just snowballs, and it picks up and picks up and picks up.”

Following a tough loss to the UCLA Bruins, Ernie Kent, head coach of the Cougars, praised the crowd for coming out on a Wednesday night to support the Cougs.

“Our atmosphere was good today. Any time we can get 2,500 plus people in here, it places energy in the building for us,” said Kent.

Jamey Vinnick, a WSU sports super fan and lead runner for the ZZUCORE, said he hopes to see more people show out in the stands for the rest of the season as the Cougs just finished a sweep of the Arizona schools.

The Cougars hope to keep the positive momentum going as they prepare for a rivalry game against the Washington Huskies on Saturday in Beasley Coliseum.

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