Washington State Edges Kansas State, 58-57
Dec. 3, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Derrick Low scored 14 points and Kyle Weaver made two key defensive plays in the final seconds Saturday to lift Washington State to a 58-57 victory over Kansas State.
Weaver stole the ball from Lance Harris with about 7 seconds left. Weaver missed both free throws after being fouled with 5.7 seconds to go, but Weaver blocked Harris' 3-point field-goal attempt from the right corner just before the final horn.
Weaver scored 12 points for the Cougars (4-1). Kansas State's Cartier Martin led all players with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Harris scored eight of his 12 points in the final 3:08 for the Wildcats (also 4-1).
Washington State led most of the way, but three points or fewer separated the teams most of the game. There were seven ties and eight lead changes, and the Cougars missed all three of their free throws after Martin hit a three-point play to end the scoring with 24 seconds left.
The Wildcats were held to season lows for points, field-goal shooting percentage (37.7) and free-throw shooting percentage (53.3). The Cougars, one of the nation's stingiest defensive teams in all three seasons under coach Dick Bennett, have limited opponents to 54.4 points per game and 33.6 percent field-goal shooting this season.
Kansas State built an early 13-7 lead before WSU scored 12 unanswered points. Martin gave the Wildcats their final lead at 44-42 on a dunk with 9:20 left in the game, but the Cougars countered with an 11-0 run.
The Wildcats, who often play four guards at a time, have outrebounded all five of their opponents. Kansas State outrebounded the Cougars 39-34.
Saturday's contest will be the only road game in the first eight games for Kansas State. WSU plays its first road game Thursday at sixth-ranked Gonzaga.
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