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Post Game Notes
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 03/24/2011
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Washington State vs. Northwestern - March 23, 2011 - Pullman, Wash. (Beasley Coliseum)
NIT Quarterfinals

Final Score: No. 2 Washington State 69, No. 4 Northwestern 66 (OT)

Washington State Notes:

  • Washington State advances to the NIT Semifinals for the first time in school history.
  • The Cougars become just the fifth Pac-10 team to advance to New York and it marks the sixth time it will happen (Oregon went twice).
  • WSU is the first Pac-10 team in the NIT Semifinals since Oregon in 2004.
  • Klay Thompson led the Cougars in scoring (17), rebounds (nine) and assists (four).
  • Five Cougs scored in double figures for just the third time this season (Thompson-17), Motum-13, Casto, Moore and Aden all with 11)...also had five players in double figures against Baylor and California.
  • Marcus Capers tied his season high with three blocked shots.
  • The WSU bench outscored Northwestern's 24-2.
  • Cougars move to 2-2 in overtime games this season...losses at Cal and at home to UCLA and victories over Santa Clara and now Northwestern.
  • For the first time in eight games, Klay Thompson did not reach the 20-point plateau.
  • Brock Motum tied his career first-half high with 11 points in the first 20 minutes...also scored 11 against Sacramento State this season (Nov. 30).
  • Thompson has 1,750 career points, ranking 43rd in the Pac-10 in career scoring.
  • Thompson's 727 points this season are the most by a Pac-10 player since Eddie House of Arizona State scored 736 in 1999-2000.
  • Washington State will face Wichita State Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 in the first semifinal...Alabama and Colorado meet at 9 p.m. in the other semifinal game.

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