Washington State Cruises Past Georgia Southern, 61-42

Nov. 25, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Thomas Kelati led a balanced Washington State offensewith 13 points and contributed to a suffocating defensive effort Wednesdaynight in a 61-42 nonconference victory over Georgia Southern.

The Cougars (2-0) held Georgia Southern (1-3) to 25 percent shooting fromthe field. Shami Gill scored 12 points for WSU in his injury-delayed seasondebut, and Jeff Varem added 11 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.

Elton Nesbitt led Georgia Southern with 21 points.

WSU limited Montana State to just 42 points last Friday, winning that game59-42.

Georgia Southern's 42 points were the fewest for the Eagles since a 78-40loss to Air Force on Jan. 1, 2003. The Eagles return three starters off a 21-8team that averaged 66.3 points per game last season.

Washington State led 21-19 at the half. Georgia Southern was outscored 4-0in the final three minutes of the first half and 8-0 for nearly four minutes toopen the second half.

WSU improved to 65-2 in nonconference home games since 1990-91. The Cougarshave won their first two games for three years in a row, but have not finishedwith a winning record since 1995-96.

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