Printed on: December 30, 2012

Cougars blow past struggling Bengals

Associated press

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Washington State overcame a sluggish start to defeat Idaho State 74-39 on Saturday.

The Cougars (9-4) used a 20-2 run late in the first half to blow open a close game.

Point guard Mike Ladd scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Cougars, who have won four in a row and six of their past seven games.

Brock Motum added 17 points and seven rebounds for Washington State, which trailed 8-6 midway through the first half before Ladd scored seven points and Motum five during the run which put the Cougars on top 26-10 with 4:37 left in the half.

The Cougars allowed just 14 points in the first half, as Idaho State made just six of its 20 shots from the field.

Chris Hansen's 12 points led Idaho State (1-10), which lost its fifth consecutive game.

"We did frustrate them early, but we weren't able to convert the frustrations into baskets," Idaho State coach Bill Evans said.

Around the region

Idaho 71, Seattle 64: At Seattle, Robert Harris hit three 3-pointers in the final 2:34, helping Idaho rally for a win.

Kyle Barone led Idaho (5-6, 1-0 WAC) with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Harris finished with 16 points, including four 3-pointers. Connor Hill scored 12 points. Seattle (5-6, 0-1), playing its first NCAA Division I conference game in 33 years, led 56-49 with 6:07 on a 3-pointer by Chad Rasmussen, but could not hold on.

Utah State 71, UTSA 67: At San Antonio, Texas, Preston Medlin scored 24 points, and Utah State spoiled UTSA's first-ever Western Athletic Conference game in the conference opener for both teams.

Medlin was 9 of 15 from the field, including three 3-pointers, as part of a 62 percent shooting effort for the Aggies (10-1). Jordan Sims scored 20 points, made six 3s and dished out five assists to lead the Roadrunners (4-7), and Kannon Burrage added 14 points.

Weber State 110, University of the Southwest 45: At Ogden, Utah, Scott Bamforth had 18 points as Weber State (7-3) had five players score in double figures for a second straight game in a victory against University of the Southwest.

Montana State 101, Northwest Indian 70: At Bozeman, Mont., Christian Moon scored 21 points, Marcus Colbert added 17 points and seven assists, and Montana State (3-7) overpowered Northwest Indian.

Southern Utah 51, Northern Colorado 50: At Cedar City, Utah, Wade Collie made a layup with 14 seconds to go after a steal by A.J. Hess, and Southern Utah (4-7, 2-0 Big Sky) escaped with a victory over Northern Colorado (3-7, 1-1).

Chattanooga 76, Utah Valley 69: At Chattanooga, Tenn., Z. Mason scored a career-high 26 points and tied his career best with 13 rebounds as Chattanooga pulled away from Utah Valley to win the Dr Pepper Classic.

Colorado 80, Hartford 52: At Boulder, Colo., Josh Scott scored a career-best 21 points, Askia Booker had 19, and Colorado (10-2) led handily from start to finish in beating Hartford.

Around the Top 25

No. 1 Duke 90, Santa Clara 77: At Durham, N.C., Seth Curry scored 12 of his season-high 31 points during the late run that helped Duke pull away for a victory over pesky Santa Clara. Mason Plumlee added 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Blue Devils (12-0).

No. 2 Michigan 88, Central Michigan 73: At Ann Arbor, Michigan, Trey Burke had 22 points and 10 assists as Michigan finished its nonconference schedule with a victory. Michigan (13-0) played without junior Tim Hardaway Jr. who missed the first game of his career with an ankle injury.

No. 4 Louisville 80, Kentucky 77: At Louisville, Ky., Russ Smith scored 21 points and Chane Behanan had 20 and Louisville (12-1) ended a four-game losing streak against rival Kentucky.

No. 6 Kansas 89, American University 57: At Lawrence, Kan., Travis Releford scored 19 points and Kansas (11-1) hit a scorching 13 of its first 18 3-point attempts, rolling to a win.

No. 9 Syracuse 57, Alcorn State 36: At Syracuse, N.Y., C.J. Fair scored 13 points, Trevor Cooney added 12, all in the second half to key a late surge, and Syracuse (11-1) beat Alcorn State in the final game of the Gotham Classic.

No. 10 Ohio St. 87, Chicago St. 44: At Columbus, Ohio, Deshaun Thomas scored 17 points and Ohio State regained its shooting touch with a victory over Chicago State, the Buckeyes' final tuneup before beginning Big Ten play.

No. 12 ILLINOIS 81, AUBURN 79: At Chicago, Tracy Abrams scored a career-high 29 points for Illinois, which saw an 11-point lead shrink to one in the closing minutes but they prevailed after falling to Missouri in the Braggin' Rights game a week earlier --their first loss under coach John Groce.

No. 14 Florida 78, Air Force 61: At Sunrise, Fla., Kenny Boynton snapped a shooting slump with three 3-pointers in the second half, when Florida pulled away to beat Air Force in the second game of the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic.

No. 16 Creighton 87, Evansville 70: At Omaha, Neb., Doug McDermott scored 14 of his 29 points in a 61/2-minute stretch of the second half when Creighton (12-1) pulled away from Evansville.

No. 18 Butler 68, Vanderbilt 49: At Nashville, Tenn., Rotnei Clarke hit seven 3-pointers and finished with 22 points and Butler (10-2) shook off a sluggish start and routed Vanderbilt for its seventh straight victory.

NORTH CAROLINA 79, No. 20 UNLV 73: At Chapel Hill, N.C., P.J. Hairston scored 15 points in his first career start for North Carolina (10-3).

No. 23 NORTH CAROLINA ST. 84, W. MICHIGAN 68: At Raleigh, N.C., C.J. Leslie scored 19 points to lead North Carolina State (10-2) to its sixth straight win.

No. 25 Kansas State 52, Missouri-Kansas City 44: At Manhattan, Kan., Rodney McGruder scored 17 points, Thomas Gipson had 13 points and six rebounds and Kansas State (10-2) struggled to a victory.