The result ends Washington State's season. Although it will probably be only a pause. The Cougars seem a solid bet for the NIT.
UW goes on to meet Oregon at 8:40 p.m. Thursday in the tournament semifinal.
48 seconds UW up, 84-83. Thompson at line; missed first but hats second.
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2:52 UW, 82-77 following three straight treys by Wilcox. Thomas, who has played every minute, has 11 assists, one short of the tournament record.
6:26 UW, 71-67. March Madness didn't get it's name for nothing.
2nd/12:21 WSU, 58-53.
2nd/15:33 WSU answers and retakes the lead, 47-44.
2nd/17:40 Huskies score first 10 points of the half and finally nose ahead, 40-32.
Second half: ... has just tipped off.
Halftime: WSU, 40-32.
Thompson leads WSU with 18 points on 6-of-15 shooting. Ross leads UW with 13 on 5-of-7.
WSU has 21 rebounds, UW 17. Both teams have eight assists. UW has six turnovers and WSU five. Neither team has a fastbreak point. However WSU leads on second-chance points, 14-4.
Isaiah Thomas has played all 20 minutes.
1st/3:23 WSU, 34-25, and Klay Thompson at the line perhaps about to spread it back to 10.
1st/7:42 Six straight points by MBA and Huskies cut WSU lead to 30-23.
1st/11:16 WSU, 23-17. Eleven points by Klay Thompson already.
12:29 WSU, 20-15. Cougars were opening daylight, but then back-to-back threes by Ross and Thomas.
15:54 WSu 12-7. Romar way unhappy with his team at first media time out.
16:45 WSU 9-6, and MBA to bench with second personal. Aziz in.
Tipoff: We're under way.
Lineup: Huskies going with an interesting lineup: Thomas, MBA, Holiday, Wilcox and Terrence Ross.
Pregame: Huskies warming up as Abdul Gaddy, Venoy Overton and Tyreese Breshers watch from bench in street clothes ... no doubt wonderging what might have been.
Game 4: Three games down and only one to go: No. 3 Washington against No. 6 Washington State. (Huskies in white, Cougs in crimson.)
And things just got a little more interesting with No. 7 Oregon's upset of No. 2 UCLA.
Washington split with Oregon, beating the Ducks 87-69 in Seattle on Jan. 6, but losing 81-76 in Eugene on Feb. 5.
WSU split with the Ducks, winning 77-63 on Jan. 8 in Pullman but losing 69-43 on Feb. 3 in Eugene.
A little more quick scouting on the Ducks:
Oregon (16-16) has won two Pac-10 tournament times (2003 and 2007) and has an all-time tournament record of 15-10. … Oregon led the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.738) and turnover margin. The Ducks were last in blocked shots and defensive rebounds. Oregon’s steal total is the fourth-best in school history. Catron was named to the All-Pac-10 second team. E.J. Singler led the conference in free throw percentage (.857).
We'll keep this blog post open the rest of the evening for pregame, in-game and postgame news.