California 88, Washington State 81 (OT)

Washington State’s DeAngelo Casto (left) fights for the ball with Cal opposition. AP

What a strange night in the Pac-10.

Washington State’s late surge — spearheaded by Klay Thompson’s 36 points — wasn’t enough as the Cougars dropped to 0-3 in conference road games. WSU (12-5, 2-3) and its thought-to-be improved defense is struggling and it has yet to find a viable threat outside of Thompson in crunch time. Faisal Aden was thought to fill that void, but I’m not so sure anymore. Cal guard Allen Crabbe, a freshman guard and highly touted recruit, paced the Golden Bears with 30 points of his own. He seemingly went tit-for-tat with Thompson.

Anyway, here’s an extended AP story that’s also in today’s Tribune…the Spokesman-Review’s Vince Grippi was at the game and Mr. WSU Correspondent Howie Stalwick also filed a story. The San Francisco Chronicle has a gamer as does the Oakland Tribune.

Elsewhere, Stanford (10-5, 3-1) improved its home record to 8-0 this season by stunning No. 18 and conference front-runner Washington (12-4, 4-1)58-56 on Thursday night. Cellar-dwelling Oregon (8-9, 1-4) also posted an upset over USC (10-7, 2-2), as the Ducks prevailed 68-62 while unveiling the highly anticipated ‘Matt Court’. In Corvallis, UCLA (10-6, 2-2) nearly had a monumental letdown but managed to pull away in 62-57 win over Oregon State (7-9, 2-3).

Strange, strange evening.

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