Dec. 20, 2010
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Klay Thompson hit a key 3-pointer in regulation and scored seven of his 23 points in overtime as Washington State rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to beat Santa Clara 85-79 Sunday night at Leavey Center.
"I thought we grew up a little bit there tonight because we've only played in one game like this this year," WSU head coach Ken Bone said. "Anytime you're about 10 games into the season and you haven't played in close games like this it's sometimes a disadvantage because I know they've played in close games this season. We hung in there mentally and down the stretch we made our free throws."
After trailing by 10 points with 10 minutes to go, Washington State (8-1) took its first lead of the second half at 61-60 with 5:33 to go in the game on two free throws by Reggie Moore. Santa Clara (6-6) quickly took the lead back and led by three points, 71-68 with 20 seconds to go, after Marc Trasolini hit just 1-of-2 free throws.
On the Cougar's next possession Thompson spotted up from the left wing beyond the 3-point arc and hit it to tie the game at 71 with 17 seconds to go. A long three by Kevin Foster didn't fall as the two teams went into overtime.
"I had three shots to tie the game or go ahead and I missed two," Thompson said. "But you can't let that affect you. Reggie made a great play, found me on the wing and I was just in good rhythm and hit a good shot. Reggie played great tonight he's always playing with one arm but he just shows how valuable he is to our team."
In overtime Washington State scored first and never trailed in the extra period, going on for the 85-79 victory. DeAngelo Casto scored five of his 15 points in the extra period for the Cougars, who won their third straight. He also had 10 rebounds, marking his first double-double of the season and the eighth of his career.
Marcus Capers made all five of his shots and scored a season-high 14 points, just one shy of his career high. Moore scored a season-high 15 points in his fourth game back from a wrist injury.
Kevin Foster scored a season-high 29 points for the Broncos, who lost at home for the second time in seven games. Marc Trasolini had 18 points and Evan Roquemore 16. Santa Clara finished the night 33-for-36 from the free throw line and didn't miss its first free throw until 36 seconds remained in the game.
The Cougars turned the ball over nine times in the first half, but slowed it down in the second half, finishing with 14 turnovers to Santa Clara's 17. Thompson had six of the Cougars' 14 turnovers, but added six assists.
"That's just me not being as mentally sharp as I should have been," Thompson said. "I'll learn from it and I'll come back next game, Mississippi State, and not make those bad passes or let people take the ball from me.
Washington State heads from Santa Clara to Hawaii for the Diamond Head Classic, Dec. 22, 23 and 25. The Cougars open the tournament against Mississippi State Wednesday at 10 a.m. local time, noon PT. The game can be seen live on ESPNU.
"I'm so excited, I've never been there," Thompson said. "It's going to be a great opportunity for us to make a name for our program."