The Washington State Cougars were able to edge off the No. 15 Baylor Bears 77-71 Thursday night, advancing to the finals in the Diamond Head Classic. The Cougs led by 20 in the second half, but the Bears were able to chip away at the deficit as Klay Thompson (20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals) had to sit due to foul trouble. With 6:49 left in the game, Baylor’s LaceDarius Dunn (29 points) hit a jumper to give his Bear’s a 62-61 lead capping a 29-6 run. After two free throws from Dunn, Baylor’s lead was up to three . . . but that’s when Mr. Thompson decided he had had enough. The Cougar’s re-took the lead 66-64 off a Thompson three with 4:29 left. Then he all but sealed the deal with another ‘tre’ with 1:10 remaining, and putting the nail in the coffin making two free throws with 32 seconds left.
Some fans may be mad that the Cougs let a 20-point slip away, but rather why not look at it as a positive. On the road our Washington State Cougars showed us everything we could have asked for. Yes at one point they were smackin’ some ass up by double-digits, but when faced with adversity down the stretch, the Cougs were able to do what matters most, and that’s FINISH. The Fresh-Makers like the Cougar’s chances in the Pac-10 this year and even predict a possible post-season tourny bid. Look for Washington State to crack the top 25 in the next week fresh-followers. And as always GO COUGS!!!