Stanford 75, Washington State 62

Stanford buries inconsistent Cougars

PULLMAN – Washington State coach Ken Bone didn’t think the first seven 3s Stanford hit

Stanford's Jeremy Green takes a shot as WSU forward DeAngelo Casto (left) looks on during second-half action.

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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