Dec. 27, 2008
BATON ROUGE, La. - Freshman Klay Thompson scored 14 points, but the Cougars let a late lead slip away, as the Washington State University men's basketball team (8-4) fell to LSU (10-1), 64-52, Saturday afternoon at the Maravich Center in Baton Rouge, La.
Senior Taylor Rochestie added 12 points on 2-for-3 shooting from beyond the arc for the Cougars, while adding a WSU personal best with nine rebounds. Seniors Caleb Forrest, getting his second start of the season, and Aron Baynes added 10 and nine points, respectively.
LSU's Marcus Thornton was hot beyond the arc, hitting 4-for-8 3-point attempts while finishing with 18 points. Bo Spencer had a game-high 19 points, converting on 7-for-7 from the free throw line. Garret Temple added 13 points for the Tigers.
WSU outrebounded LSU, 33-28, including 11 offensive boards. Coming into the game, the Tigers led the country with a 12.9 rebounding margin. The Cougars racked up 10 second chance points, but the Tigers were able to get 22 points off of WSU's 18 turnovers.
The Cougars quickly trailed by five at 25-30 just two minutes into the second half, but used a 16-5 run on the Tigers to take a six-point, 41-35 lead at the 11:33 mark. Four different players scored for WSU during the run, including five points from Rochestie and four from Thompson.
WSU extended its advantage to seven points, its largest lead of the game, at 47-40 with 9:14 to go in the game on four-consecutive free throws by Thompson. The Tigers chipped away at the lead and took it back with just under five minutes to go with a 51-50 advantage. With 3:17 to go and the Cougs trailing by just one point, 52-53, the Tigers ended the game with an 11-0 run, which included six WSU turnovers, for the 64-52 victory.
Neither team led by more than four points in the first half, which featured seven lead changes and saw the scored tied three times. With the Cougars trailing by four, 21-25, with 25 seconds left in the first period, Forrest rebounded a Rochestie missed layup and put it back with 22 seconds on the clock to pull WSU within two points for a 23-25 deficit at halftime.