Jan. 13, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State kept its perfect record at Friel Court this season with an 81-60 victory over Arizona State, Saturday in Pacific-10 Conference play.
The Cougars (7-6, 1-3 Pac-10) are now 6-0 in Pullman this season and surpassed their win total for all of last season with the triumph. The 21-point margin of victory was the largest for WSU in a Pac-10 game since a 103-78 win versus Arizona State, March 2, 1996.
All of this came despite the fact WSU tallied only two field goals in the final 9:19, both of which were layups in the final minute when the game was already decided.
Junior Mike Bush (Riverside, Calif.) recorded his fifth double-double in his career with 10 rebounds and a career-high 27 points. Bush's three-point play with 9:19 left in the game put Washington State up 53-40.
The Cougars lead swelled to 60-45 on a pair of free throws from sophomore David Adams (Tacoma) with 7:43 remaining. Adams' free throws were part of a 24-of-28 performance from the line following the Bush three-point play.
Washington State's 37 free throws set a school record for charity shots made in a Pacific-10 Conference game.
After the Adams' free throws, Arizona State (8-7, 0-4) went on a 13-2 run to cut its deficit to 62-58 at the 4:08 mark. However, the Cougars responded with six straight free throws, four by Bush and two by freshman Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.), to increase their lead to 68-58 with 2:13 to play.
Following a Donnell Knight free throw for Arizona State to make the score 68-59, Sun Devils head coach Rob Evans was called for a pair of technical fouls and was ejected at the 1:32 mark.
Bush made 3-of-4 free throws to push WSU's lead to 71-59 and put the game away.
"Mike Bush is a helluva leader," Cougar head coach Paul Graham said. "When the lead got down to four, he calmed everybody down. As for the victory, it's a big win because you don't want to take a young basketball team to Oregon/Oregon State next week looking for your first win in conference."
Moore added 18 points and Adams chipped in 16 for the Cougars off the bench. Awvee Storey was one of three Sun Devils in double figure scoring with 13 and added a game-high 16 rebounds.
Washington State travels to Oregon State next Thursday at 7:05 p.m.