Cougs Victorious Over UW-Milwaukee, 74-54

Nov. 11, 2006

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Ivory Clark scored 20 points to lead hot-shooting Washington State to a 74-54 victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee Saturday night in the John Thompson Foundation Classic.

The Cougars (2-0) remained undefeated under new coach Tony Bennett.

Derrick Low added 10 points for Washington State, which shot 60.4 percent (29 of 48) for the game to only 28.6 percent (18 of 63) for Milwaukee (1-1).

The Panthers were led by Ricky Franklin with 13 points in the fourth game in the three-day, six-game round-robin tournament it is hosting.

The Cougars put the game out of reach by scoring six straight points, four of them by Clark, to go ahead 52-24 with 16:15 left.

The Cougars led 34-23 at the half, taking control even though Low, who scored 28 points Friday night in a 71-60 victory over UAB, sat on the bench for all but four minutes after being whistled for two early fouls.

After Marcus Skinner's free throw gave the Panthers a 14-12 lead, Clark tied the game with a basket and Caleb Forrest hit another one to give the Cougars their first lead at 16-14. The two baskets ignited an 18-5 scoring surge that ended with Robbie Cowgill's basket with 3:21 remaining for a 30-19 lead.

In the first half, the Cougars shot 57.7 percent (15-of-26) from the floor to 27.3 percent (9-of-33) for the Panthers.

The game was a reunion of sorts for the two head coaches. Bennett and Milwaukee's Rob Jeter were assistants together under Bo Ryan at Wisconsin.