No. 14 Cougars Top No. 25 Stanford in Defensive Struggle

Feb. 8, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver each scored 12 points and No. 14 Washington State used smothering defense to beat No. 25 Stanford 58-45 on Thursday night to reach 20 wins for the first time since the 1993-94 season.

Ivory Clark scored 11 points and Robbie Cowgill 10 as Washington State (20-4, 9-3 Pac-10) remained second in the conference.

Stanford (15-7, 7-4) shot just 28 percent in the game, had 12 shots blocked and suffered 15 turnovers in posting a season-low score. The Cardinal, who came in averaging 72 points, were led by Brook Lopez's 13 points.

Stanford beat Washington State 71-68 in overtime earlier this season, and had won three straight against the Cougars. But the Cardinal went on a prolonged drought, scoring just 8 points over the final 8:40 of the first half and the first 10 1/2 minutes of the second half.

After leading 22-20 at halftime, Washington State jumped to a 30-21 lead as Stanford missed its first seven shots of the second half and did not make a field goal in the first 7 minutes.

Anthony Goods' 3-pointer with 9:17 left cut Washington State's lead to 33-27, and was only the Cardinal's second basket in 12 shots in the half. Goods, who scored 30 in the first game, was held to 11 points.

The pace picked up after that, and Daven Harmeling's 3-pointer and Cowgill's putback built a 39-29 lead for the Cougars with 5:52 left.

The Cardinal could not cut into that lead.

In the first, Stanford jumped to a 16-8 lead, but then was held scoreless for nearly seven minutes. Clark's 3-point play capped a 7-0 run that brought the Cougars within 16-15.

Fred Washington's free throw made it 17-15 for the Cardinal with 4:28 left.

Clark's layup tied it at 17 with 4 minutes left, and Weaver made a basket and Low a 3-pointer for a 22-17 WSU lead that completed a 14-1 run.

Landry Fields' 3-pointer for Stanford cut Washington State's halftime lead to 22-20, and was their only field goal in the final 11:20 of the first.

The Cardinal made only 7-of-25 shots in the first half for 28 percent, and had eight shots blocked. Washington State shot 34 percent in the half and 39 percent in the game.

The Cougars allow only 58 points per game to lead the Pac-10.

Washington State reached 20 wins for the first time since the 1993-94 team went 20-11.

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