March 15, 2007
FINAL SCORE: No. 3 Seed Washington State 70, No. 14 Seed Oral Roberts 54
Points: Tutt, 19, Oral Roberts
Assists: Green, 4, Oral Roberts/ Weaver, 4, WSU/ Rochestie, 4, WSU
Rebounds: Green, 8, Oral Roberts/Vealy, 8, Oral Roberts/Weaver, 8, WSU
NCAA Tournament Notes: Washington State is the first Pac-10 team of the tournament to win a game (Stanford lost to Louisville, 78-58)...The Cougars' win was the fourth NCAA tournament victory game in school history.
No. 3 Washington State: The Cougars had a block party against Oral Roberts, collecting eight blocks - this was their sixth game with over eight blocks so far this season ... The eight blocks also is a new record for the Cougars as a team in the NCAA tournament ... WSU's win ties the school record for the most wins in the season at 26 (the 1940-41 season is the only other 26 win season in Cougar history)...The Cougars are 10-2 in coming from behind (down at half) to win the game...Travis Clark recorded his third game this season with five blocks
--Washington State tied a school record with its 26th win of the season...Cougars won 26 games in 1940-41 when they lost the national championship game to Wisconsin.
--The Cougars played in their first NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship game since a 67-64 loss to Boston College in the first round, March 18, 1994 at Landover, Md...first victory for Washington State since the first round in 1983 (62-52 over Weber State, March 17 in Boise, Idaho).
Washington State improved to 4-4 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
--The Cougars raised their record to 10-2 this season when trailing at halftime...Oral Roberts led 28-26 at intermission.
--Washington State won for the 14th time this season away from Pullman...most since a school-record 17 (all on the road) in 1916-17 when the Cougars were named national champions (Helms Foundation).
--The Cougars began the game 6-for-25 from the field, including 10 straight misses after taking their only lead of the opening stanza at 16-15 with 8:45 to play...WSU made its next nine shots (last five of the first half and first four of the second half).
--Washington State trailed 28-22 with 42.8 seconds left in the first half before a 13-0 run, capped by an Ivory Clark dunk, gave the Cougars a 35-28 lead with 17:27 to play in the game.
--Senior Ivory Clark tied a career-high and set a WSU postseason record with five blocked shots.
--Four Cougars scored in double figures, led by senior Ivory Clark's 19 points...sophomore Taylor Rochestie added 15 points and junior Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver tallied 12 and 10 points, respectively.
No. 14 Oral Roberts: Caleb Green moved up on the Golden Eagles' career point leaderboard to third with 2,503 pts...Green finished this season two points shy of 700, his 698 also ranks third on the individual scoring in a single season.