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
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)
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(Newser) – 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.