January 15, 1998
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Sophomore Blake Pengelly led all scorers with 16 points to lead Washington State to its first Pacific-10 Conference victory 69-53 over Oregon State Thursday night before 6,133 at Gill Coliseum.
The Cougars (8-7 overall, 1-3 Pacific-10) snapped their three-game Pac-10 losing streak while the Beavers lost to WSU for the eighth time in the last nine meetings.
Pengelly made all six of his shots from the field, including four attempts from behind the 3-point arc. It was the first time in his 45 games as a Cougar that Pengelly led WSU in scoring. Carlos Daniel had his streak of 33 consecutive games scoring in double figures stopped with just two points, his lowest offensive output since his sophomore season. Daniel did get a game-high 10 rebounds. Terrill Woods was the only Beaver to reach double figures with 12 points.
WSU led 50-45 with 4:58 to go in the second half, then started a 12-2 run with three consecutive 3-point plays. Steve Slotemaker hit a 3-point basket, Chris Crosby was fouled by Corey Benjamin while shooting a 3-pointer and converted all three free throws, and Pengelly hit his final 3-point shot in the sequence.
The Cougars shot an even 50 percent from the field, 61.5 percent from 3-point range and 89.5 percent from the foul line.
Quotes from Washington State head coach Kevin Eastman - "We didn't do anything different this game than we did at Washington, at Arizona. We finished the game a little bit better and I felt there were opportunities to do some of the same plays we did against Arizona State. We hit some big threes."
Quotes from Oregon State head coach Eddie Payne - "From a gameplan standpoint, on both ends of the floor, we weren't that bad in terms of executing. Particularly defensively. I thought our post guys did a terrific job on Daniel. We effectively took that away. We end with 20 more shots than they did and forced 20 turnovers, but we couldn't score."
Quotes from Washington State sophomore Blake Pengelly - "I had a good game shooting, but I didn't take care of the ball too well. I have a lot of people in the stands who I know. It really matters to me what I play like in front of them. I'm always confident going into the first shot. Height doesn't just win games, it's how they use it. They weren't able to take advantage of their height. They tried to post up, but it wasn't so aggressive or hard to handle. This was a critical win. A problem of ours has been winning on the road."