The Cougars lost to the No. 2 UCLA Bruins, 53-45, on Thursday evening at Friel Court in Beasley Coliseum. For UCLA, the victory cinched their second consecutive Pac-10 title.
Kyle Weaver led scoring for Washington State with 14 points.
More than 11,000 people were in attendance at the game.
Many fans arrived at the game early, some as early as midnight. For information on the buzz the game created beforehand, visit http://wsutoday.wsu.edu/completestory.asp?StoryID=3740.
At the game, retired WSU basketball coach Dick Bennett was awarded with an honorary alumnus award for the three years he dedicated to rebuilding the program before his son, Tony, took over this year. Fans in the crowd held signs acknowledging Bennett and the team he and his son built.
Washington state will play again at Friel Court at 4 p.m. on Saturday against No. 23 University of Southern California. The game will be televised.
More recaps of the game can be found be visiting the following links:
UCLA beats Cougars to capture Pac-10
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Bruins hold off Cougars 53-45
Washington State slips against UCLA, 53-45