UCLA 58, Washington State 54 (OT)

Cougs’ upset bid fades in OT without Thompson

Washington State guard Klay Thompson, who was cited for suspicion of marijuana possession on Thursday night, apologizes to the crowd before Saturday's game. AP

PULLMAN – Klay Thompson christened the game with a public apology, and his regret was surely deepened by what he saw two hours later.

Washington State took a serious upset bid into overtime Saturday, but the Cougars clearly missed the suspended Thompson and another standout guard as they fizzled at key moments in a 58-54 loss to UCLA in a Pac-10 finale.

Leading by 15 points in the first half and by four with less than a minute remaining in regulation, the Cougars grew butterfingered and probably fatigued in the late stages, committing one especially exasperating turnover while trailing by two points with five seconds left in overtime.

Washington State (19-11, 9-9) was missing not only Thompson, who had been suspended Friday after being cited on a marijuana charge, but point guard Reggie Moore with an ankle injury.

“It could have been fatigue, no doubt about it,” WSU coach Ken Bone said. “I kept some of those kids in longer than I thought I would. … Hindsight is obviously easier than projecting what’s going to happen.”

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