Nov. 29, 2000
MOSCOW, Idaho -- Sophomore Jerry McNair knocked down eight three-pointers to account for a game-high 24 points as Washington State defeated Idaho 74-57 in non-conference basketball Wednesday.
McNair's eight treys were one short of the school record by Bennie Seltzer in 1993 and equaled by Chris Crosby in 1998.
"They (Idaho) are so aggressive defensively and we were able to skip the ball over the top and get Jerry good looks," WSU head coach Paul Graham said.
Framecio Little scored the game's first points with jumper a little less than a minute after tip-off and the Cougars never trailed on the night.
The Cougars (2-1) led 20-15 with 11:31 before going on a 13-0 run over a span of 4:59 to open up an 18-point lead at 33-15. Junior J Locklier started the spurt with a layup and a pair of free throws. Little, Edde Miller and McNair followed with three-pointers to cap the run.
The Vandals (1-3) managed to cut the deficit to nine on two occasions prior to intermission, but a pair of free throw by David Adams with 0.7 seconds left in the half gave WSU a 41-30 halftime advantage.
The second half started slowly for both teams as neither team scored for over two minutes. Chris Monroe's dunk brought the Vandals to within 41-32 at 17:54.
McNair drilled a three-pointer to provide the Cougars with their first field goal of the half with 15:15 remaining. The basket put WSU on top 46-34 and Idaho never got closer than 11 the rest of the game.
Joining McNair in double figure scoring for the Cougars were Adams and Little with 11 and 10, respectively. Monroe led the Vandals with 16 and Matt Gerschefske added a dozen.
Locklier just missed a double-double for WSU with nine points and nine rebounds and Miller added eight points and six rebounds.
Washington State travels to Portland for a game against the University of Portland next Tuesday at 7 p.m.