Red-Hot Cougars Shoot Past Panthers
Nov. 11, 2006
MILWAUKEE - Ivory Clark scored 20 points and Washington State shot 60.4 percent from the field in claiming a 74-54 win over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Saturday night on the second day of the John Thompson Foundation Classic at the U.S. Cellular Arena.
Ricky Franklin led UWM (1-1) with 13 points, but the Panthers could not overcome 28.6 percent shooting from the field.
Washington State used an 18-4 run late in the first half and an 8-1 run to start the second half to build an insurmountable 18-point lead.
"It's tough to win a game when you shoot 28 percent," UWM head coach Rob Jeter said. "I thought we took care of the basketball - just four turnovers. I see some positives in there. But when you shoot 28 percent and the other team shoots 60 percent, you are just not going to win. You're just not going to win many of those games."
The Panthers started quickly, jumping up 7-2 on a layin by Marcus Skinner and eventually leading 13-7 on a basket by Kevin Massiah. But Washington State struck back, tying the game at 14 on a dunk by Clark and using that basket to spark an 18-4 run. The burst was capped by back-to-back baskets by Robbie Cowgill, giving the Cougars a 30-19 lead with 3:19 remaining in the half. Washington State eventually led by as many as 13 points in the first half before a Franklin basket pulled the Panthers back to within 11 at halftime.
Milwaukee shot just 27.3 percent from the field in the first half, with Franklin scoring 13 of UWM's 23 points. The Panthers did grab seven offensive rebounds in the first 20 minutes and had just one turnover.
Washington State then did its best to eliminate any suspense from the second 20 minutes by scoring eight of the first nine points in the second half. Clark scored four of the points and Kyle Weaver added a layin to give WSU a 42-24 lead with 16:18 to play in the game. UWM would never get closer than 14 points the rest of the way.
In action earlier Saturday at the Thompson Classic, UAB (1-1) rebounded from its opening day loss to claim a 76-63 win over Radford (0-2). Wen Mukubu led a balanced Blazers attack with 16 points.
UWM wraps up its play in the John Thompson Foundation Classic by taking on UAB Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Washington State and Radford play in the first game of the day at 3 p.m.