Nov. 10, 2006
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Derrick Low scored a career-high 28 points to help Washington State defeat Alabama-Birmingham 71-60 Friday night in a matchup of two teams opening the season with new coaches.
Mike Davis debuted for Birmingham after coaching Indiana to a 115-79 record over the last six seasons.
For the Blazers, Wen Mukubu scored 19 points, Paul Delaney III had 14 and Lawrence Kinnard had 11.
The game was opened the three-day, six-game round robin John Thompson Foundation Classic. In the second game Friday night, host Wisconsin-Milwaukee played Radford.
Low scored 17 points to lead Washington State to a 39-22 halftime lead.
With 16:41 left in the game, Low sank a 3-pointer to push the Cougars lead to 47-27. The shot gave him 20 points, one more than the career-high 19 points he had against Oregon State on Dec. 12, 2005.
The Cougars' lead never fell below 11 points the rest of the way.
A torrid stretch of shooting to open the game put Washington State on top for good. The Cougars hit seven of their first 10 shots, the last a basket by Low for a commanding 17-3 lead.
Low had 8 points in the scoring surge to lead the Cougar offense, which made 16-of-37 shots (43.2 percent) in the half. The cold-shooting Blazers were only 8-of-28 from the field (28.6 percent) in the opening period.