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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Cougars Outlast Cardinal, 77-73
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 01/16/2010
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Jan. 16, 2010

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PULLMAN, Wash. -- Klay Thompson scored 27 points and the Cougars held on to beat Stanford 77-73 on Saturday after leading the Cardinal by 20 points at halftime and 17 with eight minutes left.

Reggie Moore was 7-of-8 from the free throw line in the final 50 seconds to keep Stanford from taking the lead.

On Thursday, Washington State (13-5, 3-3) fell 20 points behind California in the opening 12 minutes, then stormed back before losing by five points.

"We've got to play closer to 40 minutes of solid basketball," WSU coach Ken Bone said. "Maybe it's time to shake up the lineup and go with different guys."

Bone added, "We'll take a look at that this week."

Stanford jumped to a quick 10-2 lead but was outscored 44-16 the rest of the first half as the Cougars took a 46-26 lead into intermission. Thompson, the Pac-10's leading scorer at 22.7 points per game, broke out of a shooting slump by scoring 17 in the first half.

But Stanford (8-9, 2-3) clamped down on defense and outscored the Cougars 47-31 in the second half.

"At halftime, coach really got to us," Stanford's Jeremy Green said of coach Johnny Dawkins.

Green scored 24 points for Stanford, 12 in the final five minutes.

A 13-0 run, highlighted by consecutive three-pointers by Green, cut the Cardinal deficit to four points with 4:27 remaining. Drew Shiller hit a three-pointer for Stanford to make it 70-66 in WSU's favor with 54 seconds left.

Three times in the last 33 seconds, Stanford cut the WSU lead to two points. Each time, Moore sank two free throws.

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