Washington State pounds Gonzaga 81-59 in rivalry

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by AP / KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 9, 2010 at 12:40 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 9 at 1:10 AM

PULLMAN -- Klay Thompson scored 24 points and had six assists as Washington State beat cold-shooting Gonzaga 81-59 on Wednesday night in the annual regional rivalry.

WSU’s 22-point victory over Gonzaga marks its largest win against the Bulldogs since a  blowout on December 1, 1982.

The Zags shot just 39% from the field. They were led by Sam Dower's 11 points off the bench. Gonzaga's leading scorer Steven Gray was held to just seven points. He was 2-10 from the field and 1-6 from three-point range.

Gonzaga (4-4) is off to its worst start in Mark Few's 12 years as coach. They were once again victimized by three-point shooting, giving up 11-of-21 from beyond the arc.

Thompson scored 21 of his points in the second half for Washington State (6-1), which has lost only to No. 5 Kansas State. Faisel Aden added 14 points.

Washington State returns to action on Friday. They face Texas-Pan American at Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane. Tip-off is scheduled for 7pm.

The schedule doesn't get any easier for Gonzaga. The Bulldogs go on the road to face No. 23 Notre Dame on Saturday at 5:30pm. That game will be televised on ESPN2.

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