Cougars Kick Off Season With 71-60 Win Over UAB

Nov. 10, 2006

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MILWAUKEE (AP) - Derrick Low scored a career-high 28 points to help Washington State defeat Alabama-Birmingham 71-60 Friday night in a matchup of two teams opening the season with new coaches.

Tony Bennett is in his rookie season as head coach at Washington State, where he succeeded his father, Dick Bennett.

Ivory Clark added 18 points and Daven Harmeling had 11 for the Cougars.

Mike Davis debuted for Birmingham after coaching Indiana to a 115-79 record over the last six seasons.

For the Blazers, Wen Mukubu scored 19 points, Paul Delaney III had 14 and Lawrence Kinnard had 11.

The game was opened the three-day, six-game round robin John Thompson Foundation Classic. In the second game Friday night, host Wisconsin-Milwaukee played Radford.

Low scored 17 points to lead Washington State to a 39-22 halftime lead.

With 16:41 left in the game, Low sank a 3-pointer to push the Cougars lead to 47-27. The shot gave him 20 points, one more than the career-high 19 points he had against Oregon State on Dec. 12, 2005.

The Cougars' lead never fell below 11 points the rest of the way.

A torrid stretch of shooting to open the game put Washington State on top for good. The Cougars hit seven of their first 10 shots, the last a basket by Low for a commanding 17-3 lead.

Low had 8 points in the scoring surge to lead the Cougar offense, which made 16-of-37 shots (43.2 percent) in the half. The cold-shooting Blazers were only 8-of-28 from the field (28.6 percent) in the opening period.