Cougars Drop Decision To Cal, 77-56
Feb. 14, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Jamal Sampson and Ryan Forehan-Kelly scored 11 pointseach Thursday night as California defeated Washington State 77-56.
It was the most decisive Pacific-10 road victory for California (18-5, 9-4)since a 73-43 win over Southern Cal on Feb. 12, 1998.
The Bears outrebounded the Cougars 44-37 and had six blocked shots,including four by Sampson.
With Washington State's top post player, J Locklier, sidelined by injury,California used its height advantage to good effect.
The Bears played four players who were 6-foot-10 or taller. The Cougars'6-foot-11 Pawel Stasiak, making his first start of the season, was WashingtonState's tallest post player and WSU had no other players taller than 6-7.
Mike Bush led Washington State (5-17, 1-13) with 14 points.
Stasiak scored just three points, while the Bears quartet of post playersoutscored the Cougars post players 36-10.
The Bears never trailed. Washington State got as close as 27-26 with 4:32remaining in the first half on a Thomas Kelati 3-point shot, but Californiaresponded with a 13-4 run to end the half ahead 40-32.
California opened the second half with a 22-10 run to take a 62-42 lead with8:37 remaining.