Balanced Scoring Lifts Cougars Past Hornets

Dec. 23, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Sophomore David Adams (Tacoma) rebounded from a scoreless outing a week ago with a game-high 18 points to lead Washington State to a 75-63 victory over Sacramento State Saturday.

Senior Eddie Miller (Reseda, Calif.) added 17 points and a game-high eight rebounds for the Cougars (5-3). Junior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.), sophomore Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) and freshman Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) each added 10 points for WSU.

Moore dished out a season-high nine assists and Adams recorded a career-high five steals.

'Marcus is a talented player who has a lot of confidence in his abilities,' WSU head coach Paul Graham said. 'I have a lot of confidence in him as well and he will get better as he plays more.'

The first half was closely contested as neither team led by more than eight points. The Cougars led 36-28 at the half.

In the second half, the Hornets chipped away at the lead and closed to within 43-41 on a layup by Pablo Gonzales, who finished with a team-high 16 points, at the 14:15 mark.

However, Sacramento State (2-7), which lost its seventh straight, did not record a field goal for the next 6:15. By that time the Cougars had increased their lead to 54-42. Five different players for WSU scored during the 11-1 run that put the game away.

'Today's game was indicative of how a team plays coming out of finals,' Graham said. 'It's tough when you get out of your routine. You could tell we were out of sync. But, I am happy with the win.'

WSU's next game is Saturday, December 30 at 1 p.m. at Friel Court.

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