When it comes to the positives of playing in the CBI, the common answer seems to be the benefit of extra practice and experience each team gains. Well, apparently WSU wanted to maximize their benefit because instead of closing out the final in two games, they instead opted to play one more.
Jeff recapped the action here and official stats can be found here. As Jeff noted in his recap, the obvious takeaway from the game was the second half play of Reggie Moore. He scored 16 points in the final 20 minutes, 14 of which were a result of drives to the rim. Pitt simply couldn't stop Moore from getting into the lane.
As we've seen in the past, when Moore attacks good things tend to happen. He's had moments this season where he's shown glimpses of the aggressiveness he displayed as a freshman, but in the second half yesterday he was relentless. If he carries that performance into the final game and next season, WSU's investment in the CBI will be worth it ten times over.
The game that was, CBI edition: Pittsburgh 57, WSU 53 - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - March 28, 2012
FROM PULLMAN — We're not in Pittsburgh, but did take in WSU's 57-53 loss at My Office. We have our usual postgame review after the jump.
Cougar Basketball | Pittsburgh evens CBI series with Cougars, 57-53 | Seattle Times Newspaper
PITTSBURGH — Playing without senior leader and top scorer Ashton Gibbs for the first time this season, Pittsburgh still pulled even with Washington State in the College Basketball Invitational championship series.
Local News | Pittsburgh ties CBI series with Washington State | Seattle Times Newspaper
Talib Zanna scored 14 points as Pittsburgh defeated Washington State 57-53 on Wednesday nit to tie the best-of-three College Basketball Invitational championship series at one game each.
Washington State staying in Pittsburgh for couple more days after 57-53 loss to Pitt - The Washington Post
PITTSBURGH — Washington State’s sharp shooting didn’t make the long trip across country to the Petersen Events Center with the Cougars, and now they’ll spend a few more days in Pittsburgh than they hoped.
Postgame Notes: Washington St. vs. Pittsburgh - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State Notes: Reggie Moore finished with 18 points to lead WSU...he was 8-for-10 from the free throw line, tying the CBI record with 40 free throws made throughout the tournament.
Cougar Comeback Falls Short; 57-53 Loss to Pitt Forces Game Three - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Talib Zanna scored 14 points as Pittsburgh defeated Washington State 57-53 on Wednesday nit to tie the best-of-three College Basketball Invitational championship series at one game each
Pittsburgh tops WSU to force final game in CBI - Spokesman.com - March 28, 2012
PITTSBURGH — After sharing a plane ride across the country and playing a second game in three nights Wednesday night, Washington State and Pitt just can’t get enough of each other.
A Lot of Learning Going on at Washington State This Spring - SWX Right Now-Sports for Spokane, CdA, Tri-Cities, WA
PULLMAN, Wash. - My how time flies. Spring football has only just begun, yet the Cougars are less than a month away from the Crimson and Gray game on April 21. Let the learning continue!
Video: Logan Mayes - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - March 28, 2012
FROM PULLMAN — We continue our series of video spotlights with a look at WSU defensive end Logan Mayes, who spoke with us about his transition to the buck linebacker position this spring.
Cougars Return Home - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State (12-10, 2-4 Pac-12) hosts USC (14-8, 2-4 Pac-12, plays at UC Irvine, Wednesday) in a three-game Pac-12 series, March 30-April 1...game times are scheduled for 5:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 11 a.m...Friday will mark the first Cougar game at Bailey-Brayton Field since March 4...Washington State is 222-197 under Donnie Marbut, who is in his eighth season as the head coach of the WSU program and ninth overall in Pullman.
Jackson twins having a blast at Washington State - Sports: Mid-Columbia Sports Blog | Tri-City Herald : Mid-Columbia news
Sometimes it's hard to crack a lineup when you're a freshman, but former Southridge baseball star Ty Jackson might have made the Washington State Cougars sit up and take notice with his three-run shot Monday against No. 6 UCLA.
Former Cougar Meagan Ganzer Puerto Rico Pro League Points Leader - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PUERTO RICO - Former Washington State volleyball player Meagan Ganzer led the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation professional league in points in her debut season with the Ponce Lions team.