Faisal Aden scored 24 points and DaVonte Lacy made a clutch three-pointer to lead Washington State past California 77-75 in a Pac-12 game Saturday in Pullman.
PULLMAN — Faisal Aden scored 24 points to lead Washington State past California 77-75 in a Pac-12 game Saturday.
Freshman guard DaVonte Lacy of WSU (11-8 overall, 3-4 Pac-12) made a three-pointer, was fouled and missed the ensuing free throw to give the Cougars a 77-74 lead with 18.3 seconds remaining.
“I think the score was 62-62 at one point and I missed a big (three-pointer),” said Lacy, a graduate of Curtis High School in University Place. “I said to myself I was not going to be scared to shoot it (again).
“I did and it went in.”
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With six seconds left, Justin Cobbs of California (16-5, 6-2) made the front end of two free throws, but missed the second attempt. Jorge Gutierrez grabbed the rebound and flung a shot that hit the front of the rim and bounced away to seal the Cougars’ victory before a crowd of 5,013.
“I liked the way we competed,” WSU coach Ken Bone said. “When you compete hard, scrapping, it’s not always pretty, but at the end of the day I think you give yourself a chance to win.”
Aden, a reserve who had a 9-for-12 shooting night, scored 16 points in the first half. He had 33 points Thursday in an 81-69 victory over Stanford.
“Aden had a great weekend. Most coaches would start him,” Bone said with a laugh. “(But it’s) how you fit into the whole system, not just who scores the most points. He did a lot of nice things for us.”
WSU had four players finish in double figures. Brock Motum scored 15 points, Lacy had 14 and Abe Lodwick added 12.
Motum’s basket with 1:32 remaining tied the score at 74.
“Tonight was another step forward,” said Motum, who had a game-high 10 rebounds. “(California) is a really good team.
“They put up a fight all night long. It’s a good confidence booster to beat (California) and Stanford this weekend.”