Fast Finish Lifts WSU Past Gonzaga
Dec. 6, 2006
PULLMAN, Washington (Ticker) - Gonzaga might have got caught looking ahead.
Derrick Low scored 22 points and Daven Harmeling added 20 as Washington State used a furious finish to post a 77-67 victory over No. 18 Gonzaga.
With a showdown coming up on Saturday against undefeated Washington, the Bulldogs (8-2) got sideswiped by the Cougars, who used a 14-1 closing run to pull out the upset.
Washington State (8-1) is 73-3 at home against non-conference foes in the past 16 seasons, but two of those losses came from Gonzaga.
It appeared Gonzaga might make it three when Josh Heytvelt hit two free throws and followed with a layup to give the Bulldogs a 66-63 lead with 4:00 left.
But Kyle Weaver hit a pair of free throws and Harmeling buried a 3-pointer to give the Cougars the lead for good, 68-66, with 3:00 remaining.
After the teams traded free throws, Low converted a three-point play on a driving layup and Harmeling buried another shot from the arc to push the advantage to 75-67 with 47 seconds to go.
Heytvelt scored 22 points and Derek Raivio added 21 for the Bulldogs, which were held to 26 points in the second half after leading, 41-35, at the break.
Gonzaga got outscored 22-5 after leading 62-55 with 7:16 to play following a Jeremy Pargo reverse layin on a baseline drive.
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