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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Cougars Outlast Vandals, 55-41
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 12/21/2008
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Dec. 21, 2008

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MOSCOW, Idaho - Aron Baynes scored 18 points, 12 in the second half, to lead Washington State past cross-border rival Idaho 55-41 Sunday night at Cowan Spectrum. Washington State (8-3), leading 27-26, went on a 6-0 run with 16:58 remaining to go ahead by seven.

The Cougars (8-3) held the advantage on the boards over the Vandals (6-6), 37-28, while the two teams combined for just 12 turnovers, six apiece.

Baynes added nine rebounds to his game-high 18 points.Taylor Rochestie joined Baynes in double-figures with 11 points and a season-high six boards, adding five assists in all 40 minutes. Klay Thompson chipped in nine points and four assists. Caleb Forrest, getting his first start since March 4, 2006 at Arizona State during his freshman season, played a season-high 31 minutes, finishing with six points and a steal.

Former WSU guard Mac Hopson led the Vandals (6-6) with 10 points, adding six assists and six rebounds. Marvin Jefferson grabbed a game-high 10 boards, while Kashif Watson added nine points.

Despite trailing by just two at the half, Idaho was unable to claim the lead in the second period. The Vandals pulled within one point at 39-38 with 11 minutes to go in the game. At that point the Cougars used a 10-0 run for an 11-point, 49-38, lead. Terrence Simmons hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead back to single digits for Idaho with five minutes to go. WSU scored the final six points of the game, four from Baynes, to complete the 55-41 victory.

The Cougars jumped out to a 7-0 lead behind buckets by Thompson, Rochestie and Baynes to start the game. The Vandals used a run of their own to pull within one point at 14-13 with just over nine minutes to go in the half. With the score tied at 20 apiece with three second to go in the first period, Thompson layed up a lob by Rochestie to give the Cougars a 22-20 advantage at the half.

WSU and Idaho faced off for the 104th-consecutive season, marking the sixth longest continuous rivalry in NCAA Division I men's basketball. The Cougars hold a 157-107 advantage in the series.

Next up for WSU is SEC-member LSU as the Cougars travel down to Baton Rouge, La., to take on the Tigers, Saturday, Dec. 27 at 11 a.m. PT.

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