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Idaho vs. Washington State 2012: Cougars pull away late for 64-55 win

Washington State improved to 4-0 at home with a 64-55 win against Idaho on Wednesday.

James Snook-US PRESSWIRE

The Washington State Cougars won their 10th straight game against Idaho, knocking off the Vandals, 64-55, on Wednesday.

After a slow start, WSU started to pull away midway through the first half and went up by as many as 13 points. Idaho made a bit of a run late in the first half, cutting WSU's lead to 34-25 at the break. WSU's Brock Motum keyed WSU's first-half success and finished with 12 points and five rebounds in the opening half.

Idaho, however, wouldn't go away. The Vandals opened the second half on an 8-2 run to cut WSU's lead to 36-33. The Cougars built the lead back up to 11, but once again the Vandals made a run. Idaho cut WSU's lead to 53-51 with 3:43 to play. It was at that point D.J. Shelton took over to put the game away for the Cougars. Shelton scored seven of WSU's next nine points, putting the Cougars back up seven and sealing the victory.

Shelton finished with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting while Motum scored 26 points to go along with nine rebounds. Stephen Madison scored 13 points off the bench to lead the Vandals.