The Cougars knocked down 14 treys in cruise to win.
Nov. 16, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State hit ten first-half three pointers to bury the California West All-Stars early and cruise to an easy 84-55 victory in exhibition action at Friel Court Tuesday night.
Jan-Michael Thomas had two game highs with six three-point baskets on seven attempts and 26 points. Chris Crosby was eight-of-12 from the field for 19 points. David Adams grabbed six boards to go with 14 points while Blake Pengelly dished out 13 assists.
Jason Williams' 12 points was the only double-digit effort by the California West All-Stars.
The All-Stars opened up their first-half scoring with back-to-back dunks, but it didn't compare to WSU's opening onslaught. The Cougars' jumped out to an 18-13 lead at 13:10 by hitting six three-point field goals before recording a score from within the arc. Thomas knocked down half of the baskets on the run while Adams added two treys and Crosby contributed with one.
WSU let almost one-fourth of the basketball game go by before recording a their first two-point field goal at 10:27 in the first half on a jumper by Mike Bush. With 4:05 left in the half the Cougars' had a 15 point lead, their biggest of the half, 36-21.
For the next two minutes the All-Stars confused WSU with full-court pressure and climbed to within seven points, 36-29 with 2:20 left. However, on the way into the intermission, Adams drained two three-pointers that sparked a 10-0 run to give the Cougars a 46-29 halftime lead.
Just as he had done to start the game, Crosby began second-half scoring with a three-pointer. The All-Stars would get as close as 55-41 at 12:33, but it was all-WSU in the second half. Midway through the half, Thomas gave the Cougars another scoring boost with three straight WSU three pointers that made it 66-43 with 8:30 left.
At 3:39, 5-foot-11 point guard Pengelly rebounded an All-Star miss and threw a full-court strike to Evans for a dunk and a 30 point advantage, 78-48. WSU would lead by as much as 31 before settling for the 29-point final margin of victory.
With the win, WSU moved to 2-0 on the exhibition schedule. Despite boasting no one taller than 6-foot-8, the Cougars out-rebounded the All-Stars 35-27.
"We're small, that's a weakness," WSU head coach Paul Graham said. "We're not going to be able to hide. But sometimes when you're in a fight, and you're 5-11 and the other guy is 6-5, the smaller guy has a little more incentive."
The Cougars open the regular season Friday night at Nevada. The home opener comes Monday versus Grambling State in a rematch from last year's Sun Bowl Classic.
California West ALL-STARS (7-6 exhibition) Gayland Young 3-10 0-0 6, Kenneth Young 4-10 0-0 9, Jason Henderson 1-3 3-6 5, Brandon Titus 3-8 2-2 8, Kawika Akina 1-2 0-0 3, Dwight Myvett 3-11 1-1 8, Jimmy Carroll 2-5 0-0 4, Jason Williams 4-9 4-5 12, Team 21-58 10-14 55.
WSU (2-0 exhibition) Tyrone Evans 3-5 2-3 8, Chris Crosby 8-12 0-0 19, Blake Pengelly 2-4 0-0 4, Jan-Michael Thomas 8-11 4-5 26, Mike Bush 3-7 0-0 6, Nick Graham 1-1 0-0 3, Cedric Clark 0-0 0-0 0, David Adams 5-7 0-0 14, Milton Riley 2-4 0-1 4, Bryan Whitehead 0-2 0-0 0, Team 32-53 6-9 84.
Halftime - WSU 46, CW All-Stars 29; 3-Point Goals - CW All-Stars 3-13 (G. Young 0-1, K. Young 1-4, Titus 0-0, Akina 1-1, Carroll 1-1, Myvett 1-4, Carroll 0-2), WSU 14-21 (Thomas 6-7, Crosby 3-6, Pengelly 0-2, Graham 1-1, Adams 4-5). Fouled Out - Henderson. Rebounds - CW All-Stars 27 (G. Young 6), WSU 35 (Bush 9). Assists - CW All-Stars 12 (G. Young 5), WSU 21 (Pengelly 13). Total Fouls - CW All-Stars 14, WSU 15. Technical fouls - None. A - 2,153.