Weaver delivers message to SC: Cougs for real

KYLE WEAVER TOOK a long pass from Derrick Low in the waning moments Saturday and banked home a three-footer to propel Washington State to a damatic, come-from-behind victory over favored USC in Los Angeles. The 58-55 win, which Weaver sealed moments after his big basket by forcing Nick Young into a charging foul, improves the Cougs to 12-2 on the season.

Entering the weekend's games at No. 29 in the AP poll, the Cougars appear on the verge of entering the top 25 for the first time since 1983.

Weaver finished the night with 12 points, hitting five of six from the field, four rebounds and two steals. Low led the Cougs in scoring with 13 points and had five rebounds. Robbie Cowgill, who iced the win with two free throws with sixth-tenths of a second left, had 12 points and five rebounds.

Daven Harmeling, stone cold in the Cougars' heartbreaking 55-52 loss to No. 1 UCLA on Thursday, hit two treys and had eight total points to go with five rebounds.

USC, now 11-4, came into the contest with a nine-game win streak at home, including a double-overtime victory against Washington on Thursday.

The Cougars, who trailed by 11 at one point early in the second half, turned up the heat defensively and went on a 27-17 scoring run to go ahead 54-52. USC's Gabe Pruitt drained a three-ball with 10 seconds left in the game to put the Trojans on top 55-54.

Low then took the inbounds pass, dribbled rapidly up the right sideline and fired a long pass to Weaver who drove on Young to the hoop, pulled up, and banked in the critical shot with four seconds remaining.

As they did at UCLA, the Cougs relied on short shots to key their offense, and outscored the Trojans 24-14 in the paint. Both teams took 15 three-pointers, the Cougs hitting six and the Trojans four. USC held a 28-26 edge in rebounding.

With 12 wins, WSU has one more victory than it did all of last season. The Cougs next host Arizona State on Jan. 4 and No. 7 Arizona on Jan. 6.


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