Cougs Cruise Past Bengals, 75-45

Dec. 23, 2007

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) -- Derrick Low scored 20 points and Kyle Weaver had 18 to lead No. 7 Washington State to a 75-45 victory at Idaho State on Sunday.

The Cougars (11-0) took control in the early going and coasted the rest of the way, leading by more than 20 points most of the second half.

Low was sharp from the perimeter, hitting five 3-pointers. His 16 first-half points helped the Cougars twice build 16-point leads.

Weaver's turn came in the second half, when he scored seven of Washington State's first 13 points. His 3-pointer at the 16:03 mark put the Cougars up 47-23 and the Bengals (2-8) failed to get much closer the rest of the way.

Washington State shot 48.8 percent for the game, hit 50 percent (8-for-16) from 3-point range and had 11 steals.

Caleb Forrest chipped in 11 points and Taylor Rochestie added nine points and a game-high eight assists.

The victory brought the Cougars one game shy of tying the best season-opening start in school history, a 12-0 run by the 1991-92 team. The Cougars can tie that mark when they host North Carolina A&T on Dec. 28.

For Idaho State, the game marked the second tough outing against a ranked Pac 10 team in eight days. The Bengals (2-8) lost by 40 points last weekend at No. 8 UCLA.

Still, hosting a game against a highly ranked team is a bit of a novelty in Pocatello. The last time Idaho State entertained a ranked team was 1982 when the Bengals lost to Idaho.

The Bengals got 10 points from Matt Stucki, but struggled to find decent, open shots against a stingy Cougar defense that allows just 51.7 points per game.

Idaho State shot 38.6 percent and were just 4-of-12 of 3-point attempts.

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