COUGARS, EAGLES, COLLEGE SPORTS
It seems like the level of competition varies for the Cougs on their Down Under tour, but their most recent contest was against about the best the continent could offer.
The Sydney Kings are the three-time defending champions of Australia's professional league but Washington State gave them all they could ask for, with the Kings holding on for a 102-101 victory.
If you are wondering why there was such a high score, remember, they play 48 minutes in pro hoops. And Derrick Low was on fire, hitting 11 of 18 3-pointers en route to a game-high 35 points. Aron Baynes also had a standout performance, with 15 points and 15 rebounds.
The Cougs have two more games left on the tour (they are 2-2 with both losses by a point) before returning to Pullman.
• The News Tribune girls' high school athlete of the year is headed to Pullman.
• Don't forget to check out Dave Trimmer's blog for the latest on the EWU coaching search. Two candidates are in Cheney today for interviews.
• Though the West Coast Conference wasn't receptive to adding them right away, the Seattle University Redhawks are still moving up to Division I sports. Art Thiel examines the change in his column.