Washington State Takes Care of Utah 69-42

Dec. 23, 2005

SEATTLE (AP) - Randy Green scored 15 points and Robbie Cowgill had 14, leading Washington State to a 69-42 victory Thursday over Utah in the Cougars' first game at Key Arena, home of the NBA Seattle SuperSonics.

The Cougars have signed a three-season contract to play one game each year in Seattle.

The Cougars (7-2) wrapped up their nonconference schedule in impressive fashion against the Utes (6-4), notching their third win in a row after a 14-point loss to No. 8 Gonzaga.

Washington State ended an 11-game losing streak in its series with Utah, winning for only the second time in 14 games against the Utes.

Derrick Low added 10 points for the Cougars, hitting a pair of 3-pointers.

Luke Nevill, a 7-foot-1 freshman center from Australia, came off the bench to lead Utah with 10 points, all in the second half.

Green gave the Cougars a 29-point lead - 43-14 - when he made a four-point play to open the second half. He hit a 3-pointer and made a foul shot after being fouled by Shaun Green.

The Cougars led 39-14 at halftime, after a 13-0 run that featured two 3-pointers by Josh Akognon put them ahead 23-7 with 8:32 left. The Utes shot just 6-for-16 in the first half.

Cowgill scored Washington State's first 10 points in the first 6:19 and wound up with a dozen in the opening half.

The Utes managed just 36 shots and 14 field goals in the game.

The Utes had a 29-6 record and reached the regional semifinals in last season's NCAA tournament, but lost The Associated Press Player of the Year, 7-foot sophomore center Andrew Bogut, to the NBA. Bogut was the first pick in the NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks.

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