Bush Returns To Lead Cougar Men's Basketball Over Nevada
Dec. 30, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Junior Mike Bush (Riverside, Calif.) tied a career-high with 26 points, including 11 in the last three minutes of regulation and overtime combined to lead Washington State to a 75-72 overtime win against Nevada, Saturday afternoon.
Bush played his first game of the season after sitting out the fall semester due to academic ineligibility.
The win was the second straight for the Cougars (6-3) and improved their mark to 5-0 at Friel Court this season. The six victories this season equals WSU's total from a year ago.
A wild final two minutes of regulation began with a three-pointer by Bush to give WSU a 60-54 lead. After Nevada (7-4) closed to 60-57 on a three-pointer by Joao Santos, Bush added a free throw and sophomore David Adams (Tacoma) knocked down a pair from the charity stripe to put the Cougars up 63-57 with 48.8 seconds left.
After Adrian McCullough drained a three, Andre Hazel made a steal and a pair of free throws to bring the Wolf Pack to within one at 63-62 with 29.3 ticks on the clock.
On the ensuing possession, Adams could not inbound the ball and WSU was called for a five-second violation. Moments later, Adams got the ball back for the Cougars when he deflected Nevada's inbound pass off a Wolf Pack player out of bounds.
Junior Framecio Little (Anderson, S.C.) increased the Cougars lead to 64-62 with a free throw with 19.1 seconds remaining. The Wolf Pack tied the game when James Bayless scored on a layin after an offensive rebound with just 5.4 seconds left.
Nevada then got a break when WSU senior Eddie Miller (Reseda, Calif.) throw away the inbound pass. However, both McCullough and Bayless missed shots in the waning seconds and the game went into overtime.
The overtime featured a pair of ties and six lead changes. Bush was the star of the overtime period for the Cougars.
His put back with 3:26 left gave WSU a 67-66 lead. With the Cougars down 68-67, Bush grabbed an offensive rebound and fed junior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) in the low post, leading to a Nevada foul. Locklier converted 1-of-2 at the line to tie the game at 68-68.
Then, with 37.4 seconds left, Bush drilled a three-pointer as the shot clock expired to give the Cougars a 73-72 advantage. Miller tacked on the game's final points with a pair of free throws at the 21.1 second mark.
'The coaches told me I needed to work on my three-point shooting,' Bush said. 'When defenders play off of me, I can't drive. If I shoot the three, then people have to guard me closer and I can drive. It definitely adds something to my game.'
Nevada had a couple of chances to tie the game, but Terrance Green missed a three-point attempt with 7.7 seconds left and McCullough's trey at the buzzer was also off the mark.
Bush missed a double-double, but did record a team-high eight rebounds while Adams was the only other Cougar in double figure scoring with 12.
Nevada had five players score in double figures, led by 17 from Bayless, who also added 12 rebounds. Hazel scored 14 for the Wolf Pack, Santos had 12 and McCullough and Green chipped in 11 and 10, respectively.
The Cougars open Pacific-10 play and the new millennium in Los Angeles next week. WSU play at USC Thursday at 7:30 and at UCLA Saturday at 3 p.m. Both games will be televised by FOX Sports Net.