PHOTO DESERT FINISH: Cougs Win!

IF YOU'RE NOT A WEAVER BELIEVER after Washington State's annual thriller in Tempe, you won't ever be. Kyle Weaver, the do-everything senior for Tony Bennett's No. 6-ranked Cougs, did what he does best when it mattered most Saturday: Play great defense.

On a night when the Cougs looked awful early on, came back in a huge way, then faltered again, Weaver, as he has so often in his crimson tenure, won it without the ball. He drew a charging call with less than a minute to go that allowed the Cougs to milk the clock. And then, when ASU star freshman James Harden drove the lane to win it all with just seconds left, Weaver blocked the ball and then knocked it away.

The vocal throng of yellow-clad Devil fans told the tale. Boos rang out.

WSU 56, ASU 55.

Cougar coach Tony Bennett summed it up well afterward: "I'm numb."

The win gave the Cougs a split in the desert and improved their record to 17-2 overall and 5-2 in conference play. They return to Pullman next week for games against Cal and No. 20 Stanford. The Golden Bears lost by five points to the Cardinal on Saturday.

Derrick Low, after a cold first half, ended up leading the Cougs in scoring with 18 points. Taylor Rochestie added 13 points and five rebounds.

Weaver, whose impact so often is found outside the scoring box, had just five points but added eight rebounds, eight assists and stellar defense.


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JEFF PENDERGRAPH DRIVES ON ROBBIE COWGILL.


DAVEN HARMELING VS. DEREK GLASSER.


ROBBIE COWGILL LOOKS TO CORRAL ERIC BOATENG.


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