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Cougs claw back from 19 down, but Huskies prevail

LAS VEGAS – Barely audible inside an already silent locker room, D.J. Shelton looked at the ground and tried to answer for Washington State’s 64-62 loss to Washington in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament on Wednesday. He tried to explain the Cougars’ offensive stagnancy in the first half that forced them into an 11-point halftime deficit. He spoke of immeasurable things like heart, citing that as a reason WSU was able to erase a 19-point deficit in the second half to tie the game in the final minutes.

Journey nearing end for WSU’s Motum

PULLMAN – The messages came from former and current players and fans, all intent on persuading a young, talented Australian man to honor his commit- ment and play basketball at Washington State. Still, Brock Motum wasn’t sure. Tony Bennett, the coach who recruited him, had left abruptly for the head coaching job at Virginia just after the 2009 season. There was a lot to consider.

Journey nearing end for WSU’s Motum

The messages came from former and current players and fans, all intent on persuading a young, talented Australian man to honor his commitment and play basketball at Washington State.

Cougars prepared for Huskies this time around

SEATTLE – In retrospect, it makes sense to believe Washington State couldn’t have been entirely prepared for the way Washington defended Brock Motum back on Jan. 5. WSU’s level of competition prior to that game wasn’t exactly a gauntlet – included in that stretch were Jackson State, Buffalo and Idaho State, to name three – and few, if any, of WSU’s nonconference opponents managed to defend Motum in a particularly creative or bothersome way.

Cougars miss Ladd in loss to Beavers

PULLMAN – That it came down to the final possession was a testament to how badly Washington State wanted to win on Wednesday. How hard the Cougars played without Mike Ladd, their starting point guard.

Cougars miss Ladd in loss to Beavers

The Cougars’ shortcomings in their 67-66 loss to Oregon State – turnovers and rebounding, direct results of point guard Mike Ladd’s absence – were ultimately too many to ignore before a crowd of 4,167 at Beasley Coliseum.

Season of discontent at WSU

PULLMAN – Ken Bone doesn’t seek it out, but he knows it’s there. On blogs, on fan sites, on message boards. A growing number of fans have grown critical of Bone, Washington State’s 4th-year coach, as the Cougars have struggled to a 2-9 Pac-12 record this season. They hope to improve that mark tonight with a 7 p.m. game at Beasley Coliseum against Oregon State, one of the two conference teams WSU has beaten.

Season of discontent at WSU

Ken Bone doesn’t seek it out, but he knows it’s there. On blogs, on fan sites, on message boards.

WSU hangs around in close loss to ASU

PULLMAN – There have been times this season, too many for Washington State’s liking, when the Cougars simply didn’t execute well enough to procure victory from a back-and-forth basketball game. Maybe Thursday night’s 63-59 heartbreaker against Arizona State was just the latest in a frustratingly long line of those coulda-woulda-shouldas.

Ex-Coug Thompson shows engaging side as pro

OAKLAND, Calif. – The way Klay Thompson speaks now, it’s hard to imagine him as the same guy who stood before a Beasley Coliseum crowd less than two years ago, microphone in hand, apologizing for the fact he was suspended and couldn’t play in Washington State’s season finale against UCLA. Prior to a Jan. 11 game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Thompson, now in his second season with the Golden State Warriors, sits in front of his locker and offers thoughtful analysis of his former college program, the run-in with the law that marred his final days as a Cougar, the future of WSU basketball.

Lacy working to regain touch

PULLMAN – DaVonte Lacy caught pass after pass, moving from the corner to the wing to the top of the key, jumping, flicking his wrist and releasing shot after shot after shot prior to Washington State’s practice on Tuesday. If this is what it takes, the sophomore guard said, so be it.

Lacy working to regain touch

DaVonte Lacy caught pass after pass, moving from the corner to the wing to the top of the key, jumping, flicking his wrist and releasing shot after shot after shot prior to Washington State’s practice on Tuesday.

Cal hands WSU third straight loss

BERKELEY, Calif. – Tired of their newfound reputation as a soft, passion-starved outfit, the California men’s basketball team held a players-only, “Come-to-Jesus” meeting following a bad loss to Washington on Wednesday. “We all just told each other we had to get on the same page and play hard,” Cal guard Allen Crabbe said.

Cal hands WSU third straight loss

Tired of their newfound reputation as a soft, passion-starved outfit, the California men’s basketball team held a players-only, “Come-to-Jesus” meeting following a bad loss to Washington on Wednesday.