For the better part of the first half, Washington State was in full control. However, that changed after Bill Carmody blew up on the bench, picking up a technical foul. After that, Northwestern cut into the Washington State lead, hitting 6-8 shots from the field, and playing a much better all-around game.
Washington State sophomore forward Brock Motum was the halftime leader in scoring with 11 points, while Alex Marcotullio and Michael Thompson led all Wildcat scorers with eight points. John Shurna also pitched in with six points, while Drew Crawford added five points.
The Cougars came out with great energy, and took a commanding lead in the early part of the game. The Wildcats got off to a very ugly start of offense, shooting as low as 25% from the field. When the half came to a close, Northwestern was shooting 40%, compared to Washington State's 46.9%.
Washington State received an unexpected boost when athletic director Bill Moos announced junior forward DeAngelo Casto would have his suspension lifted, and he would be available for the quarterfinals. Casto has taken advantage thus far, finishing the half with six points and six rebounds.
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