Stanford buries inconsistent Cougars
PULLMAN – Washington State coach Ken Bone didn’t think the first seven 3s Stanford hit
in the first half were all products of defensive lapses.
In fact, the second-year coach was quick to laud the Cardinal’s torrential downpour that put his club in a 19-point hole.
“Some of those were fairly contested,” Bone said. “Not all, but they just got on a roll and lit us up.”
But what the second-year coach can question is his young club’s sense of urgency, which was lacking in a 75-62 loss to Stanford on Thursday night at Beasley Coliseum.
The Cougars (16-8, 6-6) may have been able to trim the deficit to one point in the second half, but now find themselves in a horse-and-carrot scenario: An NCAA tournament bid seems within their reach, but they haven’t made a decisive move to snatch it.
The mercurial Cougars have been on the bubble, and the loss to Stanford – their second fall to a lower-tier Pac-10 opponent in three games – won’t help their cause.
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