UCLA and Stanford will meet for the tournament championship at 3 p.m. Saturday (on CBS).
Meanwhile, Washington State now waits for Selection Sunday to find out who they'll play and where they'll start this season's NCAA tournament. They're probably looking at a five or six seed.
Some game highlights:
Star of the game: Stanford 7-foot forward Brook Lopez had a game-high 30 points, and a game-high tying 12 rebounds. He also managed three steals.
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Key stats: The Cougars had 11 assists and 14 turnovers, a ratio that coach Tony Bennett pointed to as crucial. Stanford also outrebounded WSU, 37-28. The Cardinal blocked five shots, while the Cougars blocked none. The teams shot almost evenly: 44.4 percent by Stanford, 44 percent by WSU.
Key run: About five minutes into the second half, Washington State's Derrick Low nailed three 3-pointers in a quick burst. However, Lopez matched and exceeded it with 14 points in the first 10 minutes of the second half as the Cardinal increased its lead and took control once Low cooled.
Observations: Washington State has never gotten past the Pac-10 tournament's semifinal round. … WSU was trying to clinch back-to-back 25-win seasons, something it has never accomplished. Last season's team finished 26-8. … The Cougars are now 4-9 all-time in the Pacific-10 Conference tournament and 0-3 against Stanford.
A few quotes from WSU coach Tony Bennett.
On Robin Lopez: Robin had 30 and 12. We had a hard time. When ever we kind of got close he'd either get a big offensive rebound put-back or just made a real difficult shot. I thought we for a while made him earn some, but then he got some easy ones.
On Stanford: They're a good team, but we didn't play the way we had to to win a game like this. I told our kids I respected their comeback – I thought it was a gutsy comeback and we made some shots and did some nice things and showed some moxie, but I didn't think we played a smart sound game. I thought we got a little out of our game and that's hard for us with an opponent of this caliber.
On the mix of emotions: We're in the NCAA tournament which is a tremendous opportunity for us. Every game that you play now is for your seniors with the possibility of being your last. I hope that whoever we play, that we will play with a level of intelligence and toughness and soundness that has earmarked out program and what I think has brought these guys to a place where they wanted to be as young guys. (Friday) it was there at times, but not enough. That's the disappointing part. I respect some of the things that happened and how impressive the Lopezes are and (Stanford coach Trent Johnson) does a great job. He has those kids locked in to play the way that they have to to win. But for us to advance or for us to play at a high level in the tournament, we have to play at a high level and it was lacking at time tonight.
On WSU's 14 turnovers: That's too many (turnovers). Too many for us. I don't know if we were forcing it at times and making some bad decisions. That hurt us.
On going 0-3 vs. Stanford: They beat us three times this year and we obviously couldn't crack the code. I thought that maybe tonight was our least impressive outing against them of the three.
Finally, additional game notes from the WSU sports information department:
WASHINGTON STATE NOTES
· Kyle Weaver's 12 first-half points ties his season high for the opening period…he scored a career-high 25 points…his previous career high was 23 points at Stanford…only 20-plus games were all three games against Stanford this year…second double-double of the season…both came against Stanford.
· For the first time in six games against the Cardinal, the Cougars did not lead at half…WSU was previously 1-4 against Stanford when leading at half in the last five games.
· Stanford's Brook Lopez became the first player to score 30-plus points against the Cougars this season…he finished with 30 points.
· Derrick Low moved into second on the WSU season records list for 3-pointers made…he now has 85…the school record is 89.
· Low reached double-figure points for the 10th-consecutive game…he finished with 15...Eleven of his 15 points came in the second half.
· The Cougars have dropped seven of the last eight meetings with the Cardinal, including three this season and the last four…Stanford holds a 66-55 all-time advantage in the series…4-1 at neutral sites.
· The Cougars drop to 4-9 in the Pac-10 Tournament…fall in semifinals for second-straight season.
· Weaver has shot 31 free throws in the three meetings with Stanford this season…he was 24-for-31 from the charity stripe in the three games.
· Daven Harmeling made his first 3-pointer since Feb. 16 at Oregon…he finished 4-for-4 from the field (all 3-pointers) and with 13 points…had his second 4-point play of the season.