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December 23, 2007The 6th-ranked Wazzu men's hoop team played for the first time without the services of redshirt junior forward Daven Harmeling, who suffered a thumb injury in practice last week that will keep him out of action until next month, but they did not require his services in dispatching of Idaho State as they used the senior guard tandem of Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver to overwhelm the Bengals in a 75-45 win in Pocatello. Low was the leading scorer for the game with 20 points while Weaver tossed in 18 and junior forward Caleb Forrest added 11 points. Junior center Aron Baynes led the team in rebounds, bringing down eight babies.
Low took the first half scoring responsibility for the Cougars as he scored 16 of his 20 points in the first frame - 15 coming on five three-point shots. Similar to their game a few days earlier against The Citadel, Wazzu jumped out to a decisive early lead at 16-5 midway through the first half, only this time, did not let their opponent back into the game as they occasionally built a pair of 16-point leads before settling on a 34-20 halftime advantage.
With the big lead, Weaver took over scoring mantle in the second half and scored eight of the Cougars' first 13 points in the half as WSU began to pull away in front of the partisan crowd of 2,241 at Holt Arena. Wazzu eventually built as much as a 32-point lead when Forrest hit a jumper for a 74-42 lead late in the game. As in the Citadel game, several Cougars were able to see game action, including senior Jeremy Cross, redshirt freshman Thomas Abercrombie and freshman Stephen Sauls. None of the trio scored, but Abercrombie did pull down one board.
With the win, the Cougars officially took over the title as the nation's top defense in scoring at 51.7 points allowed per game and continue to remain undefeated at 11-0 on the year - their second-best start in school history behind a 12-0 start in the 1991-92 season.
The Cougars will next play North Carolina A&T at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 28 at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman.
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