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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Cougars Hold Off Portland State, 68-62
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 12/20/1999
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Dec. 20, 1999

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PORTLAND, Ore. (Staff and AP sources) - Chris Crosby and Mike Bush each had 15 points to rally Washington State to a 68-62 win over Portland State in a nonconference game Monday night.

Crosby, the leading scorer for the Cougars (5-3), had just five points in the first half but connected on three consecutive 3-pointers in the final half - the last with 4:02 left - to give Washington State a 58-46 lead.

Bush kept the Cougars in the game with his offense as well as his defense. The sophomore from Riverside, Calif., tied a WSU record with eight steals, set by Don Collins versus Washington, Jan. 5, 1980. As a team, the Cougars tied their two-year old single-game steals record with 17, a mark initially set Nov. 30, 1997, versus Puerto Rico-Mayaguez.

Ime Udoka led Portland State (6-3) with 19 points. Derek Nesland added 18 and Hasan Artharee had 13 points for the Vikings.

Portland State led by as much as 9 in the first half before Tyrone Evans scored all of his five points for Washington State in the final four minutes of the first half. Crosby got the first of his four 3-pointers for the evening with 5.6 seconds to go to give the Cougars a 28-27 halftime lead.

Portland State tied the game at 41 in the second half before Bryan Whitehead scored three of the four baskets in an 8-0 Washington State run, making it 49-41 with 7:05 left.

Jan-Michael Thomas, who scored 14 for the Cougars, made four foul shots in a row with a minute left, keeping the Cougars ahead 63-53.

Evans led Washington State with a career-high 10 rebounds in a game marked by 50 total turnovers, 37 in the first half. Evans also had a career-high nine points.

WSU is now 4-0 all-time versus Portland State and 2-0 all-time in the Rose Garden.

WSU redshirt junior guard Cedric Clark, a walk-on, saw his first action of the season versus Portland State and set a career high with two assists in five minutes at the end of the first half.

This was WSU's first road win since defeating Idaho 84-69 Dec. 20, 1998, in Moscow. It was also the first time this season that the Cougars won a game when losing the rebounding battle (33-23).

Crosby passed Peter Mullins (1951-53) for 21st place on the WSU career acoring list. Mullins had 1,021 career points, Crosby now has 1,028. He is nine points shy of entering the Cougar top 20.

The Cougars now take a 10-day break for the Christmas holiday before heading to Fort Collins, Colo., to face Colorado State on Dec. 30.

Quotes From WSU Head Coach Paul Graham

"I kind of expected that we would come out a bit sloppy after going through finals, but the thing that I was impressed with was that our guys kept playing hard, kept playing through the turnovers and got the win."

"Anytime you go on the road and beat somebody in their own house, it takes a lot of heart and determination. We may not have the most talented team, but we were the most determined tonight and determination can win you a lot of ball games."

"With this team, you never know when you're going to be needed. (David) Adams and Thomas got into four trouble so Cedric Clark came off the bench and did good job for us tonight. Bryan Whitehead come off the bench and did a good job for us. Everybody on our bench was involved with this win tonight."

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