Cougars come up short against Cal

William Mancebo

DaVonte Lacy poured in 39 points, but it wasn't enough to lift the Cougars over the Bears.

DaVonte Lacy and D.J. Shelton did all they could to lead WSU past Cal on Wednesday, but it wasn't quite enough. The two combined to score 57 points on 15-of-25 shooting. Lacy did most of the heavy lifting, with a career-high 39 points. Shelton finished with 18 points and 19 rebounds.

It would be hard to imagine a much better one-two punch. The problem for WSU was the Cougars didn't get much else. The rest of the team made 6-of-27 shots. Not only did the other players struggle to score, the Cougar defense wasn't very good. The combination led to a 80-76 overtime loss, despite Herculean efforts from Lacy and Shelton. When one player comes just shy of a 20-20 game and the other is a couple buckets away from a school scoring record and you still lose, well ... yeah that about sums up the season.

If you're curious, Lacy's 39 points were the ninth most in WSU single-game history. Shelton came up a rebound shy of becoming the 11th WSU player with 20 rebounds in a game, and the first since 1986. He pulled down 18 rebounds a couple weeks ago and has been a monster on the glass this season.

We'll see what Shelton and Lacy can do for an encore on Saturday when the Cougars host Stanford.

Men's basketball:

Cal outlasts Cougars in OT - Spokesman.com - Feb. 12, 2014
DaVonte Lacy and Washington State tried to balance out a season’s worth of poor shooting against California, pouring in 3-pointers at a rate befitting a team that was first, not last, in shooting percentage among Pac-12 teams.

Cal men defeat Washington State in overtime - San Jose Mercury News
Cal point guard Justin Cobbs takes pride in getting his teammates involved in the offense. At crunchtime, however, Cobbs takes pride in getting just a little bit selfish when it's time to make plays.

California 80, Washington State 76: Bears hold off Cougars in OT | OregonLive.com
Justin Cobbs scored 22 points, 15 in the second half and seven in overtime, as California held off Washington State's 3-point barrage, 80-76 on Wednesday night.

Recap: Washington St vs. California | Washington State University | The News Tribune
Justin Cobbs netted 22 points and dished out seven assists as the California Golden Bears outlasted the Washington State Cougars, 80-76, in a Pac-12 overtime bout at Beasley Coliseum.

Football:

Auburn adds JUCO cornerback Joseph Turner's commitment to 2014 recruiting class (updated) | AL.com
Auburn's recruiting haul for the 2014 signing class apparently isn't done yet. The Tigers landed a commitment from College of San Mateo (Calif.) cornerback Joseph Turner, a 6-2, 190-pound, three-star prospect who was originally committed to Washington State, according to the College of San Mateo football team's Facebook page.

Inside the Football Operations Building - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The inside of the Football Operations Building is taking shape rapidly.

Baseball:

Baseball Opens Season in Southern California - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The Washington State baseball team travels to Southern California to play four road games that will open its 2014 season...Cougars take on Cal State Fullerton for three games, Friday (7 p.m.), Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) before battling UC Riverside, Monday (noon).

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