Cougars advance in NIT with 85-74 win over LBSU

Cougars advance in NIT with 85-74 win over LBSU

Cougars advance in NIT with 85-74 win over LBSU

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by AP / KREM 2 Sports

KREM.com

Posted on March 16, 2011 at 9:49 PM

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Klay Thompson scored 25 points to lead Washington State over Long Beach State 85-74 Wednesday night in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.

Long Beach State trailed 36-18 at halftime, but began the second on a 24-9 run that got them within five points with 13 minutes to play.

The 49ers hung close, but with six minutes to go, WSU scored seven points in 46 seconds, five by Faisal Aden, and took a 71-55 lead with 5:12 to go.

Casper Ware, who led the 49ers with 25 points, hit three 3s in the final five minutes, but the Cougars took care of the ball and milked the clock.

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