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March 6, 2010
The Washington State University men's basketball team once again dug themselves a double digit deficit and once again, were unable to extricate themselves from the hole as the lost to the Oregon Ducks 74-66 in Eugene. With the loss, the Cougars fall to 16-14 overall and finish the Pac-10 regular season at 6-12 and will face the Ducks on Wednesday in the first round of the Pac-10 conference tournament.
The Ducks held the Cougars scoreless for the game's first 4:28 until sophomore guard Marcus Capers threw down a rebound dunk for Wazzu's first bucket. The Cougars came back and took a 13-12 lead when sophomore forward DeAngelo Casto hit a free throw - but that was the last lead Wazzu would hold in the game. Oregon re-took the lead then fended off several advances from the Cougars before going into the locker room with a 29-27 halftime lead.
Oregon reeled off a 10-0 run minutes into the second half and built the lead up to 17 points at one juncture before the Cougars began gradually chipping away at the lead until a three-ball from sophomore forward Klay Thompson finally got the advantage under eight points at 66-59 with just under two minutes left in the game. But the Cougars could not close the entire gap and Oregon held off the last comeback attempts by the Cougars.
Three Cougars were in double figures in scoring, led by Thompson with 22 points and followed by Casto with 17 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double and senior Nikola Koprivica added 10.
- The Cougars have lost their last six road games.
- Koprivica scored all his points in the second half.
Wazzu will play Oregon in the first round of the Pac-10 conference tournament on Wednesday, March 10 at 8 PM in Los Angeles
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