PULLMAN, Wash. -- Junior Mike Bush (Riverside, Calif.) recorded his second double-double of the season with 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead Washington State to a 71-63 non-conference win over Texas-Pan American at Friel Court Monday.
The win improved the Cougars to 8-10 this season, including a 6-0 mark at Friel Court against non-conference opponents. WSU also snapped its season-high four game losing streak while the Broncs dropped to 8-12.
The Cougars, playing their third game in five days, looked sluggish at times and shot just 63 percent from the foul line.
"I know it was going to be tough to play right after going up against Cal and Stanford," WSU head coach Paul Graham. "We played ugly, but we were able to get a win."
Junior J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) came within two points of his season high with 16 and added seven rebounds. Junior Framecio Little (Anderson, S.C.) and reserve sophomore Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) each added nine points.
WSU trailed 33-23 before closing the first half on a 10-2 run over the final 3:14 to pull within 35-33 at intermission. McNair keyed the spurt with five points.
"It was good to see McNair come off the bench and give us a spark," Graham said.
Trailing 44-43, the Cougars registered another 10-2 run over a span of 4:05 to take the lead for good at 53-46 with 7:42 to play. A layup by Locklier with 11:24 to play started the rally and freshman Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) capped the surge with a layup of his own.
The Broncs closed to within 60-58 on a layup by Mire Chatman with 4:03 remaining, but WSU connected on 9-of-13 from the foul line down the stretch to seal the win. Chatman led Texas-Pan American with 17 points.
WSU returns to conference play at Washington, Saturday at 3 p.m. The game will be televised live on FOX Sports Net.