Young Cougars Fall to Experienced Rams

Nov. 25, 2000

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Senior Ron Grady poured in a game-high 25 points to lead Colorado State to a 78-64 victory over Washington State at the Spokane Arena, Saturday night.

The Rams (2-0) outscored the Cougars (1-1) 13-5 over the final 6:40 and held Washington State without a field goal during that span. Colorado State sealed the win by connecting on 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch.

For the game, the Rams were 19-of-27 from the line while the Cougars were 17-of-29. Colorado State also held a decisive edge on the boards, outrebounding WSU 39-25.

'It (missed free throws) hurts momentum,' WSU head coach Paul Graham said. 'We are a young team and we did young things tonight.'

Washington State led 29-24 before Colorado State closed the first half on a 10-2 run to lead 34-31 at intermission. Grady had seven points during the outburst and senior David Fisher added three.

The Cougars opened the second half with four points to reassume the lead 35-34 with 17:42 remaining. Sophomore David Adams (Tacoma, Wash.) brought WSU within one on a jumper and a layup by junior Framecio Little (Anderson, S.C.) gave the Cougars the one point advantage.

The game remained close until the Rams reeled off six straight points to take a 54-46 lead with 11:49 left. A three pointer by Adams followed by a steal and thunder dunk from sophomore Milton Riley (Gardena, Calif.) narrowed the gap to 54-51 with 11:07 remaining, but the Cougars could get no closer.

Senior Eddie Miller (Reseda, Calif.) led WSU with 17 points. Freshman Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) added 14 points and five assists and Adams chipped in with 11 points.

Washington State's next game is Wednesday at Idaho with tip off scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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