Cougars Defeat Idaho
Nov. 30, 2004
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) - Jeff Varem's two-handed dunk with 1.2 seconds remainingedged Washington State to a 37-36 victory over Idaho Tuesday in a game markedby poor shooting from both teams.
The Cougars (3-1) won despite shooting 26 percent from the field in thegame. Idaho (0-5) was equally poor from the field, making just 24.5 percent ofits shots.
Varem's game-winner came on an inbound pass from Kyle Weaver from under theWSU basket. The play was set up when Idaho's Dandrick Jones lost a rebound outof bounds after it appeared Jones had secured the ball and the Idaho victory.
Moments earlier, Jones tipped in a missed free throw to give the Vandals alead at 36-35. WSU's Thomas Kelati followed with a fadeway jump shot from 15feet that rattled off the rim, then in and out of the hands of Jones to set upthe final play.
Kelati led WSU with 11 points and was the only player in the game to scorein double figures. Weaver and Varem added seven points apiece for the Cougars,who led for all but about five minutes of the game but never by more sixpoints.
Anton Lyons led Idaho with eight points and 11 rebounds. The Vandals madejust one of seven free throws in the second half, and missed four free throwsin the game's final 38 seconds.
The victory marked WSU's second straight against Idaho.
The Vandals have not started a season 0-5 since the 1975-76 season. Idahoplayed without starting guard Jerod Haynes, a freshman sidelined with a kneeinjury.