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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Cougar Men Rally Past Sun Devils
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 02/08/2001
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Feb. 8, 2001

Box Score

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The only score that matters is the one at the end of the game.

Sophomore David Adams (Tacoma) connected on two free throws with 2:15 left to give Washington State (9-11, 2-8) its only lead of the night and a 58-57 win over Arizona State (10-11, 2-8) Thursday.

The charity shots capped a 10-0 run over the final 5:45 and completed a 17-point comeback for the Cougars. The win also snapped a Pacific-10 Conference record 30-game road losing streak in conference games.

Prior to Thursday, the last time WSU won a Pac-10 road contest was January 15, 1998 when it knocked off Oregon State, 69-53.

"That's one streak we can get off the books," Cougar head coach Paul Graham said. "I am really proud of our guys. They're were a number of times we could have given in."

Adams had four of Washington State's 10 points during the final run and junior Mike Bush (Riverside, Calif.) tallied six of his game-high 20 points during the rally.

The Cougars trailed 57-48 when Bush hit a jumper with 5:20 left. Four Bush free throws sandwiched around a driving layup by Adams cut the WSU deficit to 57-56 with 3:27 to play.

Following an Arizona State turnover, Adams rebounded a miss by Bush and was fouled at the 2:15 mark to set the stage for his heroics.

The Sun Devils had five possessions with a chance to retake the lead, but Tommy Smith missed a pair of free throws with 14.4 seconds to play and Arizona State failed to hit on four field goals attempts, including Kyle Dodd's jumper with 1.4 second left.

Awvee Storey recorded 16 points and nine rebounds for the Sun Devils while Smith added a double-double with 11 points and a dozen boards.

Sophomore Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) added 13 points off the bench for the Cougars and Adams chipped in with 10 points. Junior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

The Cougars dug a hole early converting only 1-of-10 field goal attempts and committing five turnovers in the first seven and a half minutes of play.

At the point, Arizona State held a 15-8 advantage. Just over five minutes later, following a 12-2 run, the Sun Devils opened their biggest lead of the contest at 27-10. Tommy Smith scored eight points during the run.

Arizona State led 29-12 before a 13-3 run by the Cougars pulled WSU to within 32-25 with 1:26 to play in the first half. McNair keyed the run with eight points including three-pointers at the beginning and end of the spurt.

The Sun Devils increased their 35-25 halftime advantage to 50-36 with 11:40 remaining, but made only three field goals and tallied only seven points the rest of the way.

WSU plays at 11th-ranked Arizona Saturday at 8 p.m. MST. The game will be televised by FOX Sports Net Northwest and FOX Sports Net Arizona.

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