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WSU defeats OSU, faces Northwestern Wednesday

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Washington State has one more game – at least. The Cougars ensured that Monday night by battling past Oklahoma State 74-64 before 5,201 at Beasley Coliseum. Next up, Northwestern and its Princeton-style offense. That will be Wednesday night at 8 p.m. In Beasley. Read on.

WSU leads 38-29 at half

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Washington State didn't shoot all that well in the first half, hitting 38.7 percent from the floor, 30.8 (4 of 13) from beyond the arc. But Oklahoma State was worse, making just 1 of 8 3-pointers and shooting 36.4 overall. … WSU is holding its own on the glass. Actually, the Cougars are winning the battle 23-17 by my count, led by Abe Lodwick's five. But the Cowboys' four offensive rebounds turned into six points, keeping them within shouting distance. … If it weren't for Matt Pilgrim, Oklahoma State would be in real trouble. The 6-foot-8 senior leads OSU with 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting. He also has five rebounds. Marshall Moses, the Cowboys' leading scorer, picked up two early fouls, a third late in the half and is scoreless, having not taken a shot. My guess is he'll get a few early in the second. … The Cougars have the same problem. Their center, DeAngelo Casto, was hobbled by two fouls and has just one point after missing all four of his shots. … Klay Thompson has gotten nine looks, despite being doubled often and in different spots on the court. He has 14 points and two of WSU's three assists. Brock Motum has come off the bench to score 10 points. … We'll be back when we can.

Some pre-OSU musings from WSU

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Believe it or not, we have some thoughts about tonight's National Invitation Tournament game here in rainy Pullman. If you so choose, you can read on.

It’s game day for WSU

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It's game day once more in the Palouse, and with the students back in town after spring break in, well, wherever, the crowd at Beasley Coliseum should be a little more energetic than the NIT opener against Long Beach State. A little. Though the 4,000 or so that were there last week did the best they could. Read on for more.

WSU, OSU have a history

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As promised, my advance of tomorrow's NIT game is available. So we put together a quick post for you. Read on.

One more day until WSU, OSU

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Sunday morning and there's more basketball on the TV in about an hour. So let's get this done and get you ready for your day. Read on.

WSU’s NIT run continues Monday

COUGARS • UPDATED: 10:30 A.M.

I hope you are enjoying your NCAA-tournament watching as much as I am, though yesterday's games – outside of the Pac-10 ones – didn't seem as exciting as Thursday's. We have more on the link, so read on.

Friday from WSU

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Surprisingly, there is a lot to get to this morning, including a trio of items related to Washington State. So let's get right to it. Read on.

WSU’s win over Long Beach, morning after

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That other tournament has started. You know, that NCAA-thingee. The one with the bracket and the million-dollar pools. That one. But, of course, it takes a back seat to the elder statesman of college basketball's postseason tournaments, the NIT. The one Washington State is in and has moved on to the second round. We have more on the Cougars win and the rest of the Pac-10's postseason, so read on.

WSU gets past Long Beach, 85-74

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The first 20 minutes of Wednesday night's opening-round NIT game at Friel Court wasn't a thing of beauty. It wasn't perfect. But it was dominating. And that was all Washington State needed to advance to the second round. That game will be Monday night at 8:30 (tipoff expected at around 8:45) on ESPN2. We have more on that and Wednesday's 85-74 win over Long Beach State on the link.

WSU leads 36-18 at the half

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When the offense isn't working, defense has to keep you in a game. Washington State's defense did just that in the early going of this NIT matchup. After 14 minutes, Long Beach State was 2 for 19 from the floor. That allowed the Cougars to overcome their own sloppy play, some shooting woes and build a 21-8 lead. The 49ers hit 5 of their final 14 first-half shots, but by then WSU was going better as well. Or at least Klay Thompson was. The junior has 15 points at the half, hitting 6 of 12 shots as he's attacking the mid-range with authority. The 49ers are not letting him come off screens at the 3-point line – switching those screens – with a clean look, so he's putting the ball on the floor, getting space and pulling up. … On the other end, where WSU is really winning the battle, Marcus Capers took CSULB's Casper Ware out of the game early, denying the 5-10 junior the ball and, when he got it, making him give it up, especially off ball screens with help from DeAngelo Casto and the other bigs. Ware was 1 of 6 shooting, with his one basket coming on a blow-by past Faisal Aden. … As for the rebound battle, which usually tells the tale for WSU, the Cougars are up 23-20. That's it for now. We'll be back about 90 minutes after the end of this one.

Some pregame thoughts from WSU

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Don't have a bunch of new information to pass along prior to tonight's game other that to say Washington State is wearing white and the stands aren't very full. OK, we have more than that, so read on.

WSU ready to open NIT tonight

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It's game day in the Palouse. Game night, really. NIT game night. Washington State hosts Long Beach State in the final NIT first-round game tonight in Beasley Coliseum. We have more on that and other Pac-10 items, so read on.

Looking ahead to WSU’s NIT opener

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Washington State is holding its final full practice this afternoon prior to tomorrow's NIT opening-round game against Long Beach State. The Cougars had some thoughts on appearing in the NIT for the second time in three years and they shared those yesterday. Read on.

Tuesday morning WSU notes

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With no students in Pullman, the drive-through line at McDonald's was empty last night, which, for me, constitutes one of life's little victories. Washington State, on the other hand, isn't looking for little victories this week. The Cougars would like two in the NIT, which would put them two-thirds of the way to New York, a place they have set their sights on. But first they have to get past Long Beach State. For more, read on.

Looking back at selection Sunday

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As Monday mornings go, this one is pretty packed with news. After all, it was selection Sunday yesterday (and no, the “s” in selection doesn't need to or deserve to be capitalized), a good day for some teams (read, USC) and a bad day for others. But everything that happened for Washington State was pretty much expected. And sorry this is so late. Daylight savings time has tweaked my internal clock. Read on.

WSU to host Long Beach State on Wednesday

COUGARS • UPDATE: 9:45 P.M.

As we guessed this morning, Washington State will meet Long Beach State on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Pullman. The game will be televised on ESPNU. The 49ers are coached by former Gonzaga head coach Dan Monson and won the Big West regular season title, finishing 14-2 in conference and 22-11 overall.

The Cougars earned a two seed in Boston College's (the Eagles are one of the top four seeds) bracket, which means they may have to travel to Boston if they want to get to New York. Oklahoma State is the three seed in WSU's bracket and will host Harvard (Oklahoma State, the Harvard of Stillwater) on Tuesday. If WSU wins against the seventh-seeded 49ers, the Cougars should host the Cowboys sometime over the weekend.

UPDATE: We have a look at WSU's reaction to playing in the NIT and its opponent, Long Beach State.

WSU awaits its fate today

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The calendar may not say it is spring just yet, but moving the clocks forward last night was the first clue time is marching on. And then getting up this morning to birds chirping, sun shining and the big old pile of snow out front disappearing made it clear spring is here. In spirit if not name. Another clue? The Pac-10 basketball tournament is over. Read on.

UW, UA to play for Pac-10 title

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The Pac-10 got the tournament final it wanted. Washington State won't get the tournament bid it wanted. That's the news for this Saturday morning. Read on.

With NCAA hopes faded, WSU awaits NIT

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So what's next for Washington State's basketball team? I tried to figure that out today, talking with athletic director Bill Moos about the immediate future. Here's what he had to say about the postseason, contained in our story for tomorrow's S-R. To summarize, if the Cougars are invited to the NIT, they are going to accept and bid to host, depending on the seeding. We'll back in the morning with links.

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