Cougs Beat Grizzlies in Spokane, 66-55

Nov. 23, 2007

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Taylor Rochestie scored 17 points and No. 9 Washington State beat Montana 66-55 on Friday night in the Cougar Hispanic College Fund Challenge.

Washington State (4-0) also got 14 points each from Derrick Low and Aron Baynes and 12 from Kyle Weaver in holding off the scrappy Grizzlies. Baynes led all players with 9 rebounds.

Cameron Rundles scored 13 points to lead Montana (3-2), which stayed close much of the game by holding its own on the boards and making 8 of 18 3-pointers. Andrew Strait added 10 points.

Washington State, enjoying the highest ranking in team history, is now 11-0 in November under second year coach Tony Bennett. The Cougars had only seven turnovers in the game, only two in the second half.

They shot 49 percent while holding Montana to 39 percent.

Washington State led just 28-26 at halftime, and built a 35-28 lead early in the second. But 3-pointers by Montana's Rundles and Kyle Sharp, sandwiched around a 3-point play by WSU's Weaver, brought Montana to within 38-34.

Weaver and Rochestie hit consecutive layups to rebuild a 42-34 WSU lead.

Montana's Brian Qvale completed a three-point play to cut WSU's lead to 44-39, but it was the Grizzlies' last real threat. Rochestie replied with a 3-pointer and Baynes hit a pair of free throws for a 49-39 WSU lead.

An 8-0 run capped by consecutive layups by Low gave Washington State its biggest lead at 57-42.

In the first half, both teams opened at a blistering pace, with Montana holding a 14-13 lead. The Cougars scored seven straight points to go up 20-14.

Montana cut into the lead as Rundles scored six consecutive points for the Grizzlies -- on a 3-pointer and all three free throws when he was fouled shooting a 3-pointer. Strait's basket tied the score at 26 in the closing seconds, before Rochestie's layup gave Washington State a 28-26 halftime lead.

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