Dec. 9, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Senior Eddie Miller (Reseda, Calif.) led five Washington State players in double figure scoring with a game-high 15 at the Cougars defeated Maryland-Eastern Shore 80-54, Saturday.
Sophomore Milton Riley (Gardena, Calif.) added a career-high 13 points off the bench, including a three-point play that aided a 10-0 first half run, giving the Cougars a 14-4 lead.
"I think our young team gets a little tentative at the start of the game," WSU head coach Paul Graham said. "Milton came in and sparked us of the bench and that got us running."
Junior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) tallied six of the Cougars (3-2) first eight points and finished with a dozen. Sophomore Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) also registered 12 points and sophomore David Adams (Tacoma) added 10.
The five players in double figures marked the first time WSU accomplished the feat since a 91-78 win over Central Washington to open the 1998-99 campaign.
The Cougars led 16-14 with just 6:24 remaining in the first half before Adams scored five straight WSU points to ignite a 16-3 run to close the half with a 32-17 lead.
WSU put the game away early in the second half with a pair of 7-0 runs to open a 51-29 lead with 13:09 remaining.
"This is a team that needs to get out and run," Graham said. "We spent a lot of time this week working on our half court offense, but I want to be able to stretch the defense."
Maryland-Eastern Shore (0-4) was led by 14 points each from Andre' Newson and Thomas Trotter. The Fighting Hawks outrebounded Washington State 38-32, but committed 18 turnovers to just 12 for the Cougars.
Washington State returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Montana at 7:05 p.m.