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DIAMOND HEAD CLASSIC 2010: Baylor Vs. WSU, Second Half Game Thread

Well, that's gone about as well as even the most optimistic fan could have expected. Washington State has built itself a 39-26 lead at halftime on the back of a sound gameplan for attacking Baylor's zone. The near flawless execution means the Cougs are getting contributions from many different players. That's exactly what you need to beat a zone like this.

But don't overlook what's going on down on the other end of the floor. The defense has been active, and Baylor has stayed true to form in giving the ball away a fair amount. The Bears have gotten a fair amount of offensive rebounds, but as has been the case all year, it hasn't been a killer for WSU, as Baylor's shooting has been horrendous.

Will it stay that way? Probably not. Can't count on LaceDarius Dunn to miss every 3 he takes. But when he does, you have to build a lead, and that's precisely what the Cougs have done. This game will probably end up being reasonably close at the end, especially given all the important players for WSU who have two fouls. Ken Bone is going to have his hands full managing that down the stretch.

This game isn't over by any means. But the Cougs could hardly have put themselves in a better position to close this thing out.