Nov. 27, 2011
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Washington State University men's basketball (2-4) couldn't hold onto its 14-point second-half lead, as it fell to UC Riverside (2-4), 64-63, Sunday in the seventh-place game in the 76 Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Junior Brock Motum led the Cougars in scoring for the fourth time this season with a game-high 15 points. He also led WSU on the boards with seven, also a game high. Senior Faisal Aden) added 14 points, while junior Reggie Moore chipped in 10. Both Motum and Aden have scored in double figures in all six games this season for the Cougs.
Phil Martin led the Highlanders with 14 points, joined in double figures by Harrison Gaines with 13 and Elliott Berry with 10.
A back-and-forth first half saw WSU leading by seven at halftime, 32-25. The Highlanders came out strong in the first few minutes of the second half, pulling within four points at 36-32 with 17:46 to go in the game. The Cougars slowly got the lead back to seven at 47-40 with 11:22 to go in the game.
The Cougars went on a 7-0 run paced by points from D.J. Shelton, Moore, and Aden to take their largest lead of 14 points, 54-40, with 8:56 remaining in the game. The Highlanders scored to cut the lead to 12, but a dunk by Marcus Capers looked to keep the momentum in WSU's favor as the lead went back to 14 with seven minutes to go.
From that point UC Riverside went on a 14-0 run to tie the game at 56 with 3:52 to go in the game. Free throws by D.J. Shelton gave the Cougars a two-point lead back with 3:18 to go. Gaines hit a jumper on the next UC Riverside possession, tying the game once again. A bucket by Motum was matched by a jumper by Berry as the teams remained tied, 60 apiece, with 2:09 on the clock.
Capers was fouled on the next Cougar possession, but missed both his free throw shots, which the Highlanders took advantage of as Gaines hit another jumper and was fouled by Moore in the process. Gaines missed the free throw, giving his team a 62-60 advantage with 1:18 left.
Motum got the rebound, but turned the ball over with 51 seconds giving UC Riverside the ball back. DaVonté Lacy stole the ball from Martin and drove the length of the court for the layup and a free throw shot. He made the free throw, giving WSU a 63-62 advantage with 35 seconds to go. Martin got revenge with a layup with 13 seconds to go to put his team up by one, 64-63. On the final Cougar possession Moore missed a jumper with four seconds to go. The Highlanders got the rebound and the win.
The Cougars return home after four games on away from Pullman to host Grambling State Wednesday, Nov. 30. The game is the first of a men's-women's double-header and will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.