Adams Leads Cougars Past Vikings In Opener

Nov. 20, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Sophomore David Adams scored a game-high 19 points, one shy of his career high to lead the Washington State men's basketball team to a 83-55 victory over Portland State in the season opener for both teams Monday night.

Sophomore Jerry McNair added a dozen points and fellow newcomer junior Framecio Little added eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

'I think for our first real game we played hard, which is a trademark I want for our basketball team, WSU head coach Paul Graham said. 'We do have room for improvement. We have to stop fouling and get better in the half court offense. I am happy for our guys though. It has been a long time since I have been on the winning side of a game like this.'

The Cougars were tied with the Vikings at 13-all with 12:13 left in the first half before closing the stanza with a 24-12 run to lead 37-25 at intermission.

Adams and junior J Locklier each had eight points in the first half and sophomore Milton Riley chipped in five points, four rebounds and three steals in 11 minutes off the bench.

Riley was pressed into early action because starting senior forward Eddie Miller committed two fouls just 1:48 into the game.

'I went through my usual routine before the game,' Riley said. 'I called upon to step up and fortunately I was able to do that.'

The season opening win was quite a turnaround from last year's opening game loss, 80-55 at Nevada.

'The is a way better feeling,' Adams said. 'The coaches have a better attitude and the players have a better attitude. You can already tell guys are showing up expecting to win.'

The Cougars host Colorado State at the Spokane Arena, Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

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