The No. 13 Washington State Cougars beat the No. 23 University of Southern California Trojans, 88-86, in a double overtime game on Saturday to clinch the title of second place in the Pac-10 Conference.
The Cougar’s Pac-10 second place finish tied the 1982-83 team for the best finish ever. The Cougars have never won a league title.
The last WSU team to win at least 24 games was in 1940-41, when the team won a school-record 26 games.
Taylor Rochestie, No. 10, contributed 21 points to help lead the Cougars to victory.
Aron Baynes, No. 11, scored a career best of 25 points
and Kyle Weaver, No. 25, had 15 points and 13 rebounds.
More information on the game is available at the following links:
* WSU ranked 11th and 12th nationally this week, see http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/rankingsindex
* WSU Athletics — Tony Bennett Named Pacific-10 Coach of the Year; Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver earn All-Pac-10 Honors, http://wsucougars.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/030507aab.html
* ESPN and Seattle PI — WSU coach, two players, win Pac-10 honors, http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/rankingsindex, and http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/6420ap_bkc_cougars_pac_10.html
* Seattle PI — WSU’s Bennett coach of the year, http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/6420ap_wa_pac_ten_honors.html
* The Seattle Times — Cougs’ Low hits highs again on offense, http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/sports/2003601195_coug05.html
* The Seattle Times — Cougars’ Clark takes a slow road to finishing school, http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/cougars/2003598582_withers03.html
* The Seattle Post-Intelligencier — Cougs outlast USC in 2OT, http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/cbasketball/306049_wmen04.html
* WSU Athletics — Cougars Beat Trojans In Double-Overtime Thriller, 88-86, To Clinch Second Place In Pac-10, http://wsucougars.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/recaps/030307aaa.html
*The Seattle Times — Cougs outlast Trojans in 2OT, http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/cougars/2003599677_webcoug03.html