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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
No. 1 Stanford Outlasts Pesky Cougars, 75-64
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 02/22/2001
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Feb. 22, 2001

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STANFORD, Calif. -- For the second time this season, top-ranked Stanford got all it could handle from Washington State, and for the second time this season, the Cardinal had just enough to defeat the Cougars.

Despite a season-high 29 points from sophomore Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.), WSU (11-13, 4-10) came up short, falling to the Cardinal (24-1, 12-1) 75-64.

Stanford rallied from a 33-25 halftime deficit to post the victory. Trailing 35-28, the Cardinal went on a 17-2 run to take a 45-37 lead with 13:45 to play. Stanford converted nine of its first 10 shots in the second half after shooting just 9-of-25 from the field in the first half.

"Our guys showed tonight where we are trying to get this basketball program," WSU head coach Paul Graham said. "They gave themselves a chance to win and that's all I can ask for."

Stanford built its second half lead to 10 at 53-43 before the Cougars used a 10-2 run to close to within two at 55-53 with 6:56 to play. McNair scored five points during the spurt and freshman Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) finished the run with a three-pointer. Moore finished with 16 points. McNair and Moore combined for all but four of WSU's second half points.

Jerry McNair and Marcus Moore made shots tonight," Graham said. "Our team is getting better. We just have to add some pieces to the puzzle and keep climbing the mountain."

After dropping a 72-61 decision to Stanford in Pullman, January 27, the Cougars made a bid for the upset, opening a 20-12 lead with 8:08 left in the first half on the strength of a 12-0 run. McNair and sophomore David Adams (Tacoma) keyed the rally with five points each.

Washington State outrebounded Stanford 24-21 led by sophomore Milton Riley's (Gardena, Calif.) seven and six from Moore. The Cougars 57 percent shooting from the field and 62 percent shooting from three-point range are both team season-highs.

WSU plays at California, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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