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Cougars hope to salvage Bay Area trip at Cal on Saturday

Jan. 13, 2017 Updated Fri., Jan. 13, 2017 at 11:36 p.m.

Washington State coach Ernie Kent and the Cougars will link up with Saint Joseph’s on Thanksgiving in the first round of the 2017 Wooden Legacy tournament in Fullerton, Calif. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)
Washington State coach Ernie Kent and the Cougars will link up with Saint Joseph’s on Thanksgiving in the first round of the 2017 Wooden Legacy tournament in Fullerton, Calif. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

BERKELEY, Calif. – Washington State can still salvage a split from its Bay Area road trip and emerge from the third weekend of Pac-12 play with a winning conference record. But to do so the Cougars will have to play immeasurably better in Saturday’s 1 p.m. game at California than they did in Thursday’s 84-54 loss at Stanford.

The Cougars (9-7, 2-2 Pac-12) had shown improvement as the pushed to a 2-1 conference record out of the gate, only losing to No. 13 Oregon. But the Cougars were outworked against the Cardinal, giving up a 43-25 rebounding advantage.

“It takes work to win and we didn’t work in the game. We had mental breakdowns across the board, and that’s on us as players. We just have to put it all back together and come back ready for the next game,” WSU center Conor Clifford said.

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