Feb. 28, 2000
EDINBURG, Texas (AP and staff sources) - Brian Merriweather's 17 points accounted for nearly a third of Texas-Pan American's scoring in a 55-52 victory over Washington State Monday night.
On their final posession and trailing by two, 54-52, with :07 to play, the Cougars worked the ball around a wide-open Mike Bush who drove the lane for what should have been the game-tying bucket. But Bush whistled for an offensive foul with :02 remaining for charging into UTPA's Matt Palmquist, who was obviously late in his attempt to get in front of Bush.
The baseline official saw it differently and blew his whistle, costing the Cougars the game. An animated WSU coach Paul Graham, who received a technical in the first half, was outraged at the call and was ejected after receiving his second technical.
"I've been coaching for 37 years and I've seen a lot of things, but I've never seen anything like that," Graham said. "It's tough because even though we didn't play particularly well, we got ourselves in a position to win the game and then to have that happen, well obviously there were some things that happened out there that I didn't agree with."
Merriweather broke the school's single-season record for 3-pointers made with 111. On Monday, he went 3-for-11 from 3-point range.
The Broncs (12-15) led 35-20 at halftime, but made just six of their 22 shots from the field in the second half.
The Cougars (6-19) shot just 19 percent from the field in the first half, making five of 27, but outscored the Broncs 32-20 in the second half behind 12-of-21 shooting.
Watara Banks had 15 points and nine rebounds for Texas-Pan American. He made eight of his 12 shots from the free-throw line.
Bush led Washington State with 14 points. The Cougars' Milton Riley and Bush led the team in rebounds with six, while Bush climbed into WSU's single season top 10 with two against the Broncs. The sophomore now has 50 steals on the season.
Texas-Pan American's 12 victories this year are one more than the school's combined total the past three seasons.
WSU next heads to Seattle to face Washington Saturday at 3 p.m. at Key Arena.