November 30: Derrick Low hits the second of two consecutive threes to give the Cougs a 63-60 lead over Baylor.
It was Derrick Low’s consecutive threes that capped a furious comeback by the Cougars in the Pac-10/Big XII challenge against Baylor in Waco, TX. Baylor led 44-30 with 18:14 remaining when Low hit a three, his first basket of the game. The Cougs then outscored the Bears 27-16 before Low added the other two treys that would give Wazzu a 63-60 lead with 2:22 remaining. They never relinquished the lead.
That was all the scoring Low would do, actually: 9 points on 3 of 11 shooting. It would be all the Cougs would need behind a 41 point second half and a 38-point contribution from Baynes, Cowgill, and Harmeling. The game kept WSU perfect at 7-0 in non-conference play and gave the Cougs their first win of the season over a BCS conference opponent. It was a mostly unheralded game, stashed over on ESPNU, but the significance turned out to be huge. Baylor went on to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in 20 years and claim a victory in the “game of the year”, a five-overtime thriller against Texas A&M. This loss was Baylor’s only defeat in their first 12 games.
One of the great things about Derrick Low was his perseverance. No points in the first half? No problem. He’ll go for 19 in the second. Which is exactly what he did against Air Force in Spokane, which leads to my favorite Derrick Low quote of the year: “We prayed to the Spokane Arena gods to have mercy on us when we are shooting.” It worked. When asked about Daven Harmeling’s struggles in the same game, Tony joked, “..he didn’t get heard.” (ESPN)