Washington State Uses Balanced Attack to Beat Idaho, 63-37
Nov. 26, 2005
Tanoris Shepard led Idaho (0-3) with 10 points. No other player had more than four points for the Vandals, who shot 29 percent from the field and 53 percent from the free-throw line.
Washington State (2-1) led 31-16 at the half. The first half was marred by 20 turnovers, 26 fouls and 29 turnovers.
A 7-0 run gave Idaho a 9-7 lead with 12:32 left in the first half, but the Vandals missed all 11 of their field-goal attempts the remainder of the half.
For the game, Idaho was outrebounded 38-27, committed 17 turnovers and recorded only four assists. Idaho was held to its third-lowest total points since 1958-59. Idaho lost 37-36 to Washington State last year and 68-31 to Montana State in 2000-01.
Washington State has defeated Idaho three straight, eight of nine overall and nine straight in Pullman. The teams have met 261 times since 1905-06 in one of the oldest series in college basketball. WSU's second 26-point win over Idaho in five years tied the 10th-largest margin of victory in series history.
Idaho played closer games with its first two opponents, Top 25 rivals Gonzaga (69-60) and Washington (90-67).
Saturday's game marked the season debut of Washington State guard-forward Rodney Edgerson. The highly touted junior college transfer, sidelined with stress fractures in his lower spine until being cleared to practice earlier in the week, scored six points in 12 minutes off the bench.
Idaho forward Desmond Nwoke scored three points in his first game with the Vandals. He missed the first two games with a knee injury, and he sat out last season after being injured in an auto accident following his transfer from a junior college.
Washington State coach Dick Bennett said projected starting forward-center Robbie Cowgill has been cleared to resume practicing with the team. Cowgill has missed the first three games with a broken collar bone.