Cold-Shooting Trojans Drop Contest In Pullman
Feb. 11, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Josh Akognon scored 10 of his game-high 16 points in a 3-minute span midway through the second half Saturday as Washington State notched a 60-47 victory over USC.
Robbie Cowgill added 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for Washington State (11-10, 4-8 Pacific-10).
Nick Young led USC (15-9, 6-7) with 10 points, but went 2-for-16 from the field. The Trojans shot a season-low 28 percent from the field and permitted WSU to shoot 67 percent in the second half and 43 percent for the game.
The Cougars missed six shots and made four turnovers before scoring their first two points nearly five minutes into the game.
USC led 7-0, 15-7 and 18-9, but the Cougars forged a 20-20 halftime tie after holding the Trojans to one field goal in the final 11:43 of the first half.
The Cougars went ahead to stay at 30-28 with 14:25 left, when Cowgill drove through traffic to score and added a free throw for a three-point play.
The 6-foot-6 Young, who scored a career-high 32 points in a 71-66 home win over Washington State on Jan. 14, was hindered by the defense efforts of the 6-10 Cowgill. Young, who leads USC with 17.3 points per game, scored just three points in the second half.
The Trojans inserted three new players into the starting lineup, but lost a third straight game for the first time this season.
Dwayne Shackleford and Greg Guadino, USC's only seniors, made their first starts of the season and combined for 10 points. Guadino, a little-used former walk-on, did not score after recording the first basket of the game.
Washington State starting point guard Derrick Low, who saw limited action off the bench Thursday after missing eight games with a fractured right foot, returned to the starting lineup and scored five points.