BOISE Derrick Low scored 26 points and Kyle Weaver had 19 to lead No. 9 Washington State on a second-half comeback and a 86-74 victory over Boise State on Tuesday night.
The Cougar tandem combined to shoot 10-of-12 in the first 8 1/2 minutes of the second half, when Washington State (2-0) quickly erased a six-point halftime deficit. The Cougars outscored the Broncos 33-12 during that stretch and coasted the rest of the way.
Washington State also got 18 points from Daven Harmeling, who scored the Cougars' final eight points in the first half that helped cut a 12-point Boise State (1-1) lead in half before the break.
The Cougars shot 56.3 percent for the game, made 9-of-19 from 3-point range and committed just 11 turnovers, with only three coming in the second half.
Anthony Thomas led the Broncos with 18 points and three assists, and Reggie Larry had 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Boise State, trying to avenge a last-minute loss against Washington State last season, played inspired basketball early. At one point, the Broncos led 21-8, thanks to cold Cougar shooting and some careless ballhandling that led to easy Bronco layups on the other end.
Thomas, who had 13 points in the first half, set the tone for the Broncos early, scoring nine in the first 10 minutes. Twice he stepped in front of Cougar passes and raced down the court for easy baskets, and his 3-pointer at the 10:58 mark put the Broncos up 19-8.
But the second half was a different story for a Cougar team that returns four starters from a team that won 26 games last season.
Led by Low and Weaver, the Cougars clamped down defensively and missed only a handful of shots during the first 10 minutes. Low, who only had two points in the first half, converted a three-point play and hit three 3-pointers in the first four minutes, his final one tying the score at 41 with 16:15 to go. Low was 5-for-9 from behind the arc.
(2) UCLA 76, CAL STATE-SAN BERNARDINO 41: At Los Angeles, Kevin Love scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half, just missing a double-double, and No. 2 UCLA rolled past Division II Cal State-San Bernardino.
(12) MICHIGAN STATE 86, CHICAGO STATE 53: At East Lansing, Mich., Raymar Morgan had a career-high 25 points and 15 rebounds in a first-round game of the CBE Classic. All-American Drew Neitzel added 12 points for Michigan State. David Holston scored 18 points and had four 3-pointers for Chicago State, which led 18-17 before the Spartans took control with a 28-8 surge to finish the half.
(14) GONZAGA 80, IDAHO 43: At Spokane, Wash., freshman Austin Daye scored 18 points, Jeremy Pargo added 14 points and Matt Bouldin 12 to help No. 14 Gonzaga (2-0) overcome 18 turnovers in a sloppy game. Idaho (1-1) used defensive pressure to stay close in the first half, but they shot just 30 percent and had 10 shots blocked.
(15) TEXAS A&M 67, ORAL ROBERTS 53: At College Station, Texas, Josh Carter scored 15 points and Chinemelu Elonu keyed a second-half spurt in a preseason NIT game.(17) ARIZONA 76, NORTHERN ARIZONA 69: At Tucson, Ariz., Chase Budinger scored 25 points to help No. 17 Arizona open the season without Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson on the bench. Olson, who has been on a personal leave of absence since Nov. 4, was replaced by assistant Kevin O'Neill. Olson had missed only seven previous games during his 25 years as Wildcats coach.