Cougs Ground Falcons, 71-62

Nov. 25, 2007

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Derrick Low made six second-half 3-pointers and scored 19 points to help No. 9 Washington State beat Air Force 71-62 on Sunday in the Cougar Hispanic College Fund Challenge.

Taylor Rochestie led all scorers with 22 points and Kyle Weaver added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for Washington State, which trailed at halftime.

Low, who sat out most of the first half after two quick fouls, made 6 of 8 3-pointers for Washington State (6-0), which won all three games in its round-robin tournament.

Tim Anderson scored 15 for Air Force (5-2), which lost its second consecutive game. Evan Washington added 14.

Air Force led 30-26 at halftime, thanks to 6-of-12 shooting from 3-point range. They led into the second half before a sudden drought allowed Washington State to storm back.

A 3-pointer by Low allowed Washington State to tie the game at 37. After Washington's 3 for Air Force, Low hit another 3-pointer to tie the game at 40 with 13:13 left.

Robbie Cowgill's free throw gave WSU its first lead of the game at 41-40, and Low's fourth 3-pointer of the second half extended the lead to 44-40.

Washington State built a 51-40 lead during a 14-0 run in which Air Force was held scoreless for nearly 7 minutes.

After Andrew Henke made 3 straight free throws to cut WSU's lead to 51-43, Low hit a pair of 3-pointers to rebuild the lead.

The teams, best known for defensive intensity, kept scoring low in the early going. Rochestie's 3-pointer tied the game at 11 for Washington State with 10:23 left.

Washington's layup lifted Air Force to a 27-20 lead with 3:23 left, giving the Falcons one more point than Mississippi Valley State scored the day before in a 71-26 loss to Washington State.

Washington State, enjoying the highest ranking in team history, is now 13-0 in November under Tony Bennett, who is in his second season.



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