Last-Minute Free Throws Clip Cougars, 79-75

Nov 21, 2001

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
AP Sports Writer

SPOKANE, Wash. - Matt Brown's two free throws with a minute left liftedColorado State to 79-75 win over Washington State on Tuesday night.

The Rams (2-0) trailed 74-73 when Brown was fouled by Mike Bush and sankboth free throws to give Colorado State a lead it never relinquished. The Ramsadded four more free throws in the closing seconds.

Washington State (0-1) was outscored 21-13 in the final eight minutes of thegame. The Cougars are trying to break a string of five consecutive losingseasons.

Brown finished with 13 points while Matt Nelson, a 7-foot freshman, had 16points and led both teams with 11 rebounds.

Trailing by three points, Washington State went on a 9-0 run midway throughthe second half to take the lead for the first time since the opening minutes.J Locklier hit a lay-up with 8:46 left to lift WSU to a 57-56 lead that waslater stretched to 62-56.

But Nelson kept the Rams close by scoring eight points around the Cougarrun. John Rakiecki's 3-pointer lifted Colorado State to within one at 74-73,setting the stage for Brown.

Justin Lyman, a junior college transfer, led WSU with 17 points, 15 in thefirst half.

Bush, who three days ago was catching passes for Washington State in theApple Cup football game against Washington, played 21 minutes and finished with12 points.

Colorado State, which had a 39-34 halftime lead, hit 46 percent of its fieldgoals. Washington State made just 38 percent.

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