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WSU falls to UW 89-87


Klay Thompson set a handful of tournament and school records Thursday night, including a Pac-10 tournament best 43 points. But the 89-87 loss to Washington cut him deep, that much was obvious in the locker room afterward. Read on for more.


• Thompson didn't really want to talk about the records or the NIT or anything else after the game, though he shared his disappointment and frustration of not being able to carry the Cougars past UW and into the tournament semifinals. But he did just about everything he could, though he pointed out he missed two free throws and WSU lost by two points. All the records he set are in my game story. … What isn't in there is the pain Reggie Moore was feeling in his right ankle. Moore said he probably shouldn't have played but he did it because of his love for his teammates. Moore also said the two early fouls he picked up didn't help, because he had to sit and while he sat, his ankle stiffened up and from then on it really hurt. Hurt so bad, in fact, he had to ask Marcus Capers to bring the ball up a couple times. Still he felt confident enough to want the ball in his hands at the end of the game. … The idea, Moore said, was to either pull up for a 3 or find Klay in the corner. But the Huskies foiled that by having Scott Suggs foul about 5 feet from the 3-point line. Moore said when he realized Suggs was going to foul, he tried to pick up the ball and put up a long shot, but “this isn't the NBA,” and it was a one-and-one. He didn't miss the free throw on purpose and Thompson said he didn't think there was enough time to get back to the 3-point line for a tying attempt, so he put it up. … So what's next for WSU? The Cougars will bid for an NIT home game and, if their seed is high enough – most bracketology guesses have them as a 1 or 2 – they'll get it. We'll find out for sure Sunday night. … We would go on, but we're getting kicked out of here, so we'll get into that a bit more tomorrow.


• That's it for now. We'll be back in the morning. Until then …

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