Cougs hang tough but lose again; plus photos

CAL AND WASHINGTON STATE turned in a nailbiter Saturday night in Berekely, but with the game tied at 60 with just more than two minutes left, the Cougar offense went into the deep freeze and Cal pulled it out 71-63. WSU is now 12-11 overall and 4-7 in Pac-10 play, with hopes for an NIT berth looking more and more remote.

Taylor Rochestie led the Cougs with 19 points, including four clutch three pointers, and five assists. Klay Thompson had 15 points -- six of them on consecutive three-pointers that tied the game at 2:15. Caleb Forrest chipped in 13, including a spectacular reverse layin.

The Cougs, now in eighth place in the conference, hope to get back on track in the coming week against the two teams below them in the standings. They take on Oregon Thursday and Oregon State on Saturday.

The game was one of streaks. WSU opened the game on a 16-5 run. Cal then went on a 20-2 tear, which in turn was followed by a 15-5 Cougar run and then a 9-0 Cal run.

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