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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Washington State Cruises Past Georgia Southern, 61-42
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 11/24/2004
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Nov. 25, 2004

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PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Thomas Kelati led a balanced Washington State offense with 13 points and contributed to a suffocating defensive effort Wednesday night in a 61-42 nonconference victory over Georgia Southern.

The Cougars (2-0) held Georgia Southern (1-3) to 25 percent shooting from the field. Shami Gill scored 12 points for WSU in his injury-delayed season debut, and Jeff Varem added 11 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.

Elton Nesbitt led Georgia Southern with 21 points.

WSU limited Montana State to just 42 points last Friday, winning that game 59-42.

Georgia Southern's 42 points were the fewest for the Eagles since a 78-40 loss to Air Force on Jan. 1, 2003. The Eagles return three starters off a 21-8 team that averaged 66.3 points per game last season.

Washington State led 21-19 at the half. Georgia Southern was outscored 4-0 in the final three minutes of the first half and 8-0 for nearly four minutes to open the second half.

WSU improved to 65-2 in nonconference home games since 1990-91. The Cougars have won their first two games for three years in a row, but have not finished with a winning record since 1995-96.

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