Jan. 21, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Faisal Aden scored 24 points to lead Washington State (11-8, 3-4) by California (16-5, 6-2) 77-75.
WSU's Davonte Lacy hit a 3-pointer and drew a foul against California with 18.3 seconds on the clock. He missed the free throws, but did give the Cougars a 77-74 lead.
"I think the score was 62-62 at one point and I missed a big 3. Charlie Enquist said make the next one when you go back in. I went in, it's my time, shot it, I'm not going to be scared to shoot it. I shot it and it went in."
With six seconds left on the clock, Cal's Justin Cobbs found himself on the free throw line. He made the first, missed the second, but Jorge Gutierrez, who led the Bears with 19 points, grabbed the rebound needing only a 2-pointer to force overtime.
But Gutierrez was out of position and threw up a prayer that clanked off the rim, giving the Cougars the win.
Gutierrez was the man all night for the Bears. The crafty guard popped long-range 2-pointers at will and didn't hesitate to take the 3 when needed.
Early, it was the Bears' big men who dominated the game, but as the game wore on, the Cougars, namely Motum and Marcus Capers, contained the posts.
"The thing about Cal is, Cal is a very good, very physical team," WSU coach Ken Bone said.
Called for most of the game, taking a 40-34 lead at the half, and it would have had a much larger lead if it hadn't of been for Aden, who came off the bench to score 16 of his 24 points in the first half.
"Aden had a great weekend. Most coaches would start him," Bone laughed. "(But it's) how you fit into the whole system, not just who scores the most points. But he score a lot of points and helped us win both games. He did a lot of nice things for us."
WSU's took its first lead when Abe Lodwick hit a 3 with 16:28 left in the game, but the Bears responded with a 9-0 run that gave them a 53-47 lead.
Cal hung onto that lead for most of the half, but were never able to take more than a seven-point lead.
WSU chipped away at the lead, out-rebounding the Bears 33-30 overall and 24-19 on the defensive end.
With 6:51 left in the came, Aden, who scored 33 points on Thursday against Stanford, hit a pair of free throws to tie the game at 62.
Neither team managed to take control of the game, but the Bears had the lead until Brock Motum hit from the paint with 1:32 left on the clock to tie the game at 74.
Lacy's 3 was the only other basket from the field, and it was enough to give the Cougars their second Pac-12 win.
"I liked the way we competed," Bone said. "When you compete hard, scrapping, it's not always pretty, but at the end of the day I think you give yourself....a chance to win a ballgame."
Motum, who finished with 15 points, said more than anything, he's excited about the way the Cougars fought against a powerful Cal team.
"Tonight was another step forward," he said. "Cal is a really good team. They put up a really good fight all night. I think they are first in the Pac-12. It's a good confidence booster to beat Cal and Stanford this weekend."