Washington State will return home from the 2011 76 Classic without a win. The Cougars blew a 17-point second half lead and lost after UC Riverside's Phil Martin made a layup with 14 seconds left in regulation to put the Highlanders in the lead. Reggie Moore missed a jumper on the ensuing possession to secure the Riverside upset.
WSU led 54-37 with just 8:44 to play after a Faisal Aden basket and they looked in control. The Highlanders went on a 27-9 run from there. The WSU offense returned to its sloppy play with little movement and the Cougars struggled again down the stretch to take care of the basketball.
Reggie Moore finally looked capable on offense for the first 30 minutes, but was unable to generate anything going towards the basket when the Cougs needed it late.. Aden was back to his inefficient self, scoring just 14 points on 17 possessions used. Brock Motum led WSU with 15 points and 7 rebounds.
It looked like the Cougars would be able to escape with the win after freshman DaVonte Lacy stole the ball at midcourt and drove down for a three-point play to put WSU on top 63-62 with 35.1 seconds left. However, WSU was unable to get a stop on the ensuing Highlander possession.
Just a perfect rotten cherry on top of this crap sundae of a sports weekend for Washington State.