Cougars Break Through Against Oregon St.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Freshman Randy Green scored a season-high 22 pointsSaturday as Washington State snapped a 14-game losing streak by downing OregonState 75-71.
Green was the only double-figures scorer for the Cougars (6-18, 1-14Pac-10), who had lost a school-record 21 consecutive league games since beatingWashington 81-79 on Jan. 31, 2002.
Last season, the Cougars were 1-17 in Pac-10 under fourth-year coach PaulGraham.
Philip Ricci scored 25 points and Brian Jackson added 20 for the Beavers(12-11, 5-9), who are battling for one of the eight berths in the Pacific-10Conference Tournament.
The Cougars, who had not won since beating Fresno State on Dec. 23, nevertrailed after going on a 10-0 run midway through the first half. Oregon Statetwice narrowed WSU's lead to three points in the final 1:39, but the Cougarssank 9 of 10 free throws in the last 1:08.
The Cougars, last in the Pac-10 in scoring and field-goal shootingpercentage coming into the game, outshot Oregon State 49-37 percent from thefield, including 57-39 percent in the first half. WSU led 41-35 at the half.
Ricci had nine rebounds and Jackson eight for the Beavers, who outreboundedthe smaller Cougars 38-34.
Green, a redshirt freshman who has yet to go on scholarship, did not play innine of WSU's first 12 games. His playing time has increased since star pointguard Marcus Moore was lost due to ankle surgery.
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