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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Cougars Fall To No. 17 Gonzaga 74-69
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 12/02/2009
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Dec. 2, 2009

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP)--Matt Bouldin scored a career-high 28 points and No. 17 Gonzaga rallied for a 74-69 victory over Washington State on Wednesday night.

Elias Harris added 24 points and 12 rebounds for Gonzaga (6-1), which held the Cougars without a field goal for 10 minutes in the late going. The Bulldogs came back from a 13-point second-half deficit to win behind seven 3-pointers by Bouldin.

Klay Thompson scored 15 points to lead Washington State (6-1), but that was 13 points below the season average for the nation's leading scorer. He was just 6 of 21 from the field. DeAngelo Casto had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Cougars.

The schools are located 70 miles apart in eastern Washington. Washington State leads the series 97-47 but has won only two of the past 11 meetings.

Gonzaga is 65-3 in the McCarthey Athletic Center since it opened in 2004.

Washington State led 39-27 at halftime, and Reggie Moore scored five straight points for a 48-35 WSU lead with 15 minutes left.

But Moore's basket that gave WSU a 58-46 lead with just more than 10 minutes left was the last field goal the Cougars made until the closing seconds.

Gonzaga fought back, and Bouldin hit a pair of 3-pointers during a 10-2 run that pulled the Bulldogs within 60-56 with 8:43 left.

Consecutive steals by Gonzaga led to a layup and 3-pointer by Bouldin that cut WSU's lead to 62-61 with 4:18 left. Thompson and Moore each made one free throw for the Cougars.

Harris' inside basket tied it at 63 and his dunk gave the Zags a 65-64 lead, their first since the early going, with 3:14 left. Kelly Olynyk's dunk made it 67-64.

Harris and Olynyk each added a pair of free throws, and the Cougars were harassed into turnovers and misses.

Thompson's basket with 23 seconds left was WSU's first field goal in 10 minutes and its first points in 3 minutes.

It was a rough defensive battle in the early going, with Gonzaga leading 9-7 at the 13:50 mark. But the Cougars went on a 19-3 run, holding the Zags to one basket in a 5-minute span to take a 26-12 lead.

Washington State led by 12 at halftime after the Zags shot just 34 percent and were outrebounded 25-14. Bouldin's 14 points, including four 3-pointers, kept them in the game.

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