Dec. 13, 2003
Washington State guard Randy Green scored 18 points and teammate Marcus Moore added 17 points and seven assists to lead the Cougars to a hard-fought 64-50 win over Montana before 4,204 fans at Montana's Dahlberg Arena.
With the win, Washington State improved to 5-2 while Montana fell to 3-5.
Kamarr Davis lead the Grizzlies with 17 points on six-of-seven shooting from the field, while sophomore guard Kevin Criswell added 14.
Montana started out cold to open the game, not making a field goal until mid-way through the half, when Victor Venters scored on a lay-up, cutting the WSU lead to 19-6. From there the two teams played even basketball, but Montana couldn't dig itself out of the early hole.
The difference in the game was three-point shooting, as the Cougars made 8-of-18 attempts from behind the arc while Montana shot a frigid 1-of-16 from three-point range. Roy Booker, who had 10 points, made the Grizzlies' only three with 59 seconds left in the game.
Despite the Grizzlies' poor shooting, they shot only 38.6 percent from the field, Montana was able to cut a 26-18 half-time deficit to 38-32 with 10:05 left in the game.
That would be as close as Montana would get though, as the Cougars made their freethrows down the stretch to secure the win.
Washington State hosts Idaho next Saturday, Dec. 20, in a 2 p.m. tip at Friel Court.