November 11, 1998
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State men's basketball team was dominant on both ends of the floor as the Cougars registered a 102-55 victory over the Costa Rica National Team Wednesday night at Friel Court in the final exhibition contest of the season.
Reserves Chris Crosby and Mike Bush paced the Cougars with 18 points apiece as six Cougars scored in double figures. Jan-Michael Thomas, who finished with 17 points, and Crosby each knocked down four 3-point baskets.
The Cougars hit 51.4 percent of their shots, sank 12 3-point baskets and made 18-of-22 attempts at the free throw line.
Defensively, WSU snared 21 steals, forced 31 turnovers and held Costa Rica to shooting just 39.5 percent from the field.
"We knew we had more talent and were more athletic than them," said Kojo Mensah-Bonsu, who finished with 14 points and five steals. "We wanted to make up for the fact that we were better than them in those categories by hustling and working hard with deflections, steals and dives."
"We have the depth and tonight we showed added defensive activity," said Kevin Eastman, WSU's fifth-year head coach.
The Cougars converted 3-point baskets on four of their first six possessions with four different players hitting from behind the arc as WSU held a 16-5 advantage just five minutes into the contest. Later in the first half, WSU used a 10-0 run, capped by a slam dunk by forward Eddie Miller, to push the lead to 19 points, 40-21 with 3:30 remaining in the half.