(1090 The Fan) — Despite 39 points from guard DaVonte Lacy, the Washington State Cougars fell to Cal 80-76 in overtime, Wednesday night.
Justin Cobbs punctuated Cal’s victory with a defensive rebound and dunk after the Cougars’ Ike Iroegbu intentionally missed his second free-throw attempt trailing 78-76 with five seconds left. Cobbs finished with 22 points including the conversion of 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch in the overtime period.
Now losers of 10 of their past 12 games, the Cougars entered the contest dead last in the Pac-12 conference. Despite that, the team showed considerable heart in mounting a second-half comeback against Cal (16-8, 7-4), a team that sits in the top half of the same standings.
After trailing 39-30 after the first half, Washington State (9-15, 2-10) stormed back with a 16-6 run over a six minute stretch midway through the final half, to tie the score at 55-55 with 9:05 remaining.
From that point, neither team held larger than a 2-point lead. Lacy made two free throws with 16 seconds left to tie the game at 69-69 and force overtime when Cobbs missed a shot at the buzzer.
Lacy was everything for the Cougars, Wednesday. The junior guard finished 10-for-20 from the field including 8-for-15 from 3-point range with 26 points in the second half alone.
Unfortunately for the Cougars, the defense couldn’t come up with a stop late to seal the win and Lacy’s effort was wasted.
Washington State will host Stanford on Saturday.
-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan
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