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Cougars pull away late

| November 27, 2010 8:00 PM

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Faisal Aden scored 28 points and Klay Thompson added 22 as Washington State defeated Fresno State 66-55 on Friday night.

Aden had 18 of his points in the second half, eight of them during a 14-0 scoring run that helped the Cougars (4-0) erase a seven-point deficit.

Left open on the perimeter by the Bulldogs' zone defense, Aden finished 6 of 12 from 3-point range.

Garrett Johnson led Fresno State (1-3) with 15 points and Kevin Olekaibe added 10. A putback by Johnson put the Bulldogs ahead 44-37 with 14:55 remaining, but they then went nearly 9 minutes without scoring.

Olekaibe stole the ball from Thompson at midcourt and drove for a dunk with 1 second left to put Fresno State 32-31 ahead at halftime.

Thompson finished the first half with 16 points.

Washington State hosts Sacramento State on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON ST. (4-0)

Motum 5-6 0-2 11, Lodwick 0-2 0-0 0, Capers 2-3 0-0 4, Thompson 8-17 4-6 22, Aden 11-22 0-0 28, DiIorio 0-0 0-0 0, Winston Jr. 0-1 1-2 1, Enquist 0-0 0-0 0, Simon 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 26-56 5-10 66.

FRESNO ST. (1-3)

Golubovic 3-6 2-3 9, Smith 4-7 1-3 9, Wills 1-6 0-0 2, Steed 2-4 0-0 4, Olekaibe 3-11 2-4 10, T. Johnson 0-3 3-4 3, Rhodes 0-3 0-0 0, G. Johnson 5-13 2-2 15, Funk 1-3 0-2 3. Totals 19-56 10-18 55.

Halftime_Fresno St. 32-31. 3-Point Goals_Washington St. 9-25 (Aden 6-12, Thompson 2-6, Motum 1-1, Lodwick 0-2, Simon 0-4), Fresno St. 7-33 (G. Johnson 3-11, Olekaibe 2-9, Funk 1-1, Golubovic 1-4, T. Johnson 0-2, Wills 0-3, Rhodes 0-3). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Washington St. 34 (Capers 8), Fresno St. 41 (Smith 10). Assists_Washington St. 13 (Aden, Capers, Thompson 3), Fresno St. 10 (Steed 3). Total Fouls_Washington St. 16, Fresno St. 14. A_7,158.

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