PHOTO ESSAY: Shootout in Texas for Cougs

WHAT A HOMECOMING it was for Cougar senior forward Robbie Cowgill. Some 60 family members and friends traveled to Waco from his native Austin to see a battle of unbeatens. And what a fight it was. The No. 6-ranked Cougs, fueled by Cowgill's 18 points, overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat Baylor, 67-64, Friday evening. Now it's on to Spokane Wednesday for the much-awaited showdown with Gonzaga.

The Cougs got a taste in Waco of what it might be like at the Zags' raucous Kennel. More than 10,000 fans -- one of the largest home crowds ever at Baylor -- were on hand.

The Cougs, despite their top 10 ranking, were considered a 2 1/2-point underdog. In the first-half, and then early in the second when trailing by 14, they definitely looked overmatched. Cold shooting and foul trouble conspired against them -- not to mention an uncharacteristic 11 first-half turnovers.

And their first-half defense was atrocious. Tony Bennett said that 29 of Baylor's 38 first-half points came off transition baskets, offensive rebounds or turnovers.

But the Cougs clawed back. Derrick Low hit two key three-pointers, less than 40 seconds apart, late in the game to tie it at 60 and then put the Cougs up 63-60.

Aron Baynes connected for two from short range with 1:12 left to put the Cougs up 65-62. And then Cowgill, who in addition to his 8-of-12 shooting from the field snared five rebounds and blocked a shot, tipped in a basket with 11 seconds left to seal the win for the Cougs.

WSU is now 7-0 on the season.

You'll find more game notes at the bottom of this page at the conclusion of the photo essay.


NOTABLE NOTES:
* The Cougars have come from behind when trailing at halftime for three victories this season…WSU is 3-0 this season and 13-2 under Tony Bennett when trailing at the half.

* WSU's 38-26 halftime deficit is the largest halftime deficit of the season…the third time the Cougars have trailed at halftime this season…WSU has trailed at halftime in both road games this season…all three times the Cougars have trailed at half, they've had 26 points.

* The Cougars got a combined 38 minutes from their bench in the first half…WSU got a total of just 30 and 41 minutes, respectively, from the bench in two of its previous three games.

* Robbie Cowgill's 18 points tied his career high.

* Friday was the first time all season none of the three starting guards (Low, Rochestie, Weaver) scored in double-digits (Cowgill 18, Harmeling 10, Baynes 10 led the way against Baylor).

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