Washington State Downs USC, 61-53

Feb. 5, 2005

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Jeff Varem, Thomas Kelati and Robbie Cowgill eachscored 11 points Saturday to lead Washington State in a 61-53 victory overSouthern California.

Chris Schlatter added 10 points for the Cougars (10-10, 5-6 Pac-10). DerrickLow had eight points and eight assists, and Varem led all players with ninerebounds and a career-high five steals.

Gabriel Pruitt led Southern Cal (9-13, 2-9) with 10 points. The Trojans havelost four straight games to Washington State.

Southern Cal forged a 49-49 tie on Nick Young's short jump shot with 4:57left in the game. Kelati broke the tie and put the Cougars ahead for good with4:30 to go when he hit one of two free throws rewarded when Southern Cal coachJim Saia was called for a technical foul after throwing off his jacket inprotest of a foul on Gregg Guenther.

Washington State held small leads most of the game, including 31-25 at thehalf.

The Cougars shot 55.3 percent from the field, Their only better shootingperformance this season came in a 69-52 win at Southern Cal on Jan. 8, when theCougars hit 57.4 percent. Washington State ranks among the nation's worstshooting teams at 39.7.

The Trojans, who shot 41.2 percent from the field, accomplished a rare featin holding without an offensive rebound.

Southern Cal outrebounded the Cougars 31-25, but Washington State held a17-8 advantage in assists, even though each team made 21 field goals.

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