DANCE ON: Cougs go on 2nd half rampage
ARON BAYNES: 19 pts., 9-of-9, 8 rebs.
ARON BAYNES: 19 pts., 9-of-9, 8 rebs.

Posted Mar 20, 2008

WASHINGTON STATE TURNED in an offensive onslaught in the second half, as a tie game at the break warped to a 31-point crimson victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Aron Baynes was resurgent in the middle, and perfect from the field as WSU in the final 20 minutes put the defensive shackles on Winthrop while filling up the bucket on their end of the hardcourt.

This was a first. It was the kind of day where Robbie Cowgill 's 14 points weren't enough to grab much of the limelight.

That's because Aron Baynes went 9-of-9 to lead all scorers with 19 points. He also grabbed eight rebounds. Kyle Weaver was a force on the boards and Taylor Rochestie was an assist-making machine.

Derrick Low was held scoreless in the first half on 0-5 shooting, eventually logging all 11 of his tally in the second half. Low was one of four Cougars in double digits on the day.

Kyle Weaver was the crimson star in the first half, crashing the boards and hitting from all over the court in a nip and tuck, back and forth game in the first half. He finished with 14 points.

The game -- incredibly in looking at the final margin of victory -- was tied at the break, 29-29. That's when the Cougs caught fire, outscoring the Eagles 42-11 over the final 20 minutes. WSU held Winthrop to just 11 points in the second and the crimson defense over the final 20 minutes on Winthrop's Taj McCullough served as a microcosm. He scored 15 points in the first, only two after the break.

We'll be back a little later with much more coverage on CF.C.

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