March 2011 Archives
The Cougars will move on to the NIT semifinals after a 69-66 overtime win against Northwestern at Friel Court, Wednesday. The Cougars had a chance to close the game out in regulation after Abe Lodwick was fouled with 0.2 seconds on the clock. Though he missed both shots, the Cougars rallied in overtime, outscoring the Wildcats 5-2, four of which came from Klay Thompson.
The Washington State men's basketball is now one of eight teams left standing in the NIT Tournament after a 74-64 win over Oklahoma State, Monday. The Cougars came out strong to open the game but the Cowboys surged back to take the lead midway through the first half. The Cougars responded well in front of their home crowd and led by at least six points throughout the entire second half.
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The Cougs will make their second NIT appearance in three years, hosting the 49ers of Long Beach State, Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum. WSU is 4-4 all-time in the NIT and has not lost a home NIT game.
Washington State fell in a 58-54 overtime thriller against UCLA in the Pac-10 finale, Saturday at Beasley Coliseum. The Cougars were up 32-19 at the half but saw their 13-point disappear by the halfway point in the second period Faisal Aden had a chance to hit the game winner at the end of regulation but the shot was off the mark and the teams headed to overtime where the Bruins outscored the Cougars 10-6. The loss seals a sixth seed in the conference tournament with a 9-9 record. The Cougars could tie for fifth in the conference if Washington beats USC at home, but USC wins the tiebreaker in that scenario.
The Washington State men's basketball team fought hard in what felt like a "must win" game against USC at Friel Court, Thursday. Both teams were looking to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive but the Cougars emerged victorious with an 85-77 win. WSU improved to 19-10 (9-8) while USC fell to 17-13 (9-8). The win clinches at least sixth place for the Cougars, which means they will not have to play in the opening round of the Pac-10 Tournament.