Washington State Wallops Winthrop

Pac-10 champs roll over Eagles to advance
By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2008 11:29 PM CDT
Washington State Wallops Winthrop
Winthrop forward Taj McCullough dunks against Washington State during the second half in the first round of the East Regional NCAA basketball game today. Washington State beat Winthrop 71-40.    (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

It was all-square at halftime between Washington State and Winthrop in the NCAA first round.  The Cougars then ran away with the game, walloping the No. 13 seed Eagles, a popular upset choice in office pools, 71-40. A 25-1 run by Washington State put to rest any hopes of an upset for Winthrop, as they finish their season 22-12. Taj McCullough led the Big South champs with 17 points, reports the AP.

Washington State has enjoyed proving critics wrong in recent years. They improved to 51-16 overall under coach Tony Bennett, who claimed the job from his father two seasons ago, and celebrated back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in almost 60 years. Center Aron Baynes went 9-for-9 from the field and scored 19 points for the Cougars – three of them dunks. (More Winthrop Eagles stories.)

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