Dec. 31, 2004
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Jeff Varem scored all 18 of his points in the second half Friday night to lead Washington State past Stanford 60-51 in the Pacific-10 conference opener for both teams.
Thomas Kelati added 17 points for the Cougars. Washington State had lost 17 in a row to the Cardinal since winning on Feb. 22, 1996, at Stanford.
Dan Grunfield's 18 points led Stanford, the two-time defending Pac-10 champion. Stanford was ranked No. 1 last season when it won 63-61 at Washington State on a desperation 3-pointer at the final buzzer.
Washington State (6-4) led Stanford (6-5) 18-15 at the end of a sluggish first half. After halftime, the outside shooting of Kelati and the inside play of Varem sparked the Cougars.
One of the lowest-scoring teams in the country, the Cougars came up one shy of their season high for points and held Stanford to its season low. Washington State shot a season-high 45 percent from the field, compared to 39 percent for the Cardinal.
The Cougars led by 10 or more points for much of the second half.
Varem finished with a game-high 12 rebounds, and Derrick Low and Chris Schlatter each scored 10 points for WSU. Grunfield was the only Stanford player to score in double figures.
Washington State forced just nine turnovers, but the Cougars had only two of their own in the second half after being charged with 12 in the first half. WSU outrebounded the much bigger Cardinal 35-29 and sent Stanford to the free-throw line just four times.
The victory was WSU's first in a Pac-10 opener since downing Washington on Jan. 3, 1999.