Cougs can’t hit, Cal can’t miss in Vegas rout

SLOPPY PASSING, poor rebounding, no interior defense. Yet somehow Washington State led 16-15 early on against Cal in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament. But poor play -- particularly an Olé defense -- eventually catches up to you. And the Cougs’ tournament stay was a short one after an 82-59 rout at the hands of the Bears.

Jordan Railey scored 12 while Ike Iroegbu led the Cougars with 17. Josh Hawkinson had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. But he and the rest of the Cougs struggled mightily on the defensive end.

DaVonte Lacy, who finished with nine points, didn’t score until 2:35 remained in the first half. With eight minutes remaining in the game, Lacy had only attempted seven shots while Iroegbu had hoisted eight. The Pac-12 Networks camera lingered on Lacy on the bench after he came out of the game late, showing the tearful realization his Cougar career had come to a close.

Cal was shooting 59 percent from the field midway through the second half after opening up a 20-point lead. They finished the game at a 58 percent clip, including 8-12 from 3-point range (67 percent). Washington State was 23-55 from the field (42 percent.) Cal outrebounded WSU 37-22. The Bears led 37-26 at the break.

We’ll have much more a little later on.

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