California Holds Off Washington State In Overtime
March 5, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif.(AP)- Marquise Kately came off the bench for a team-high 17points and Cal kept its Pacific-10 Conference hopes alive Saturday by beatingWashington State, 63-57, in overtime in the final game of the regular seasonfor both teams.
The victory left Cal (13-15, 6-12)rooting for UCLA to beat Oregon in a latergame to slip the Bears into the conference tournament, which begins Thursday atthe Staples Center in Los Angeles.
An Oregon victory would keep Cal out of the tournament for the secondstraight year. Washington State (12-15, 7-11) was guaranteed a conferencetournament spot coming into the game.
Cougars guard Thomas Kelati led all scorers with 29 points, a career-high.His three-point jumper, with seven seconds to play in regulation, sent the gameinto overtime, tied, 50-50.
Kelati also broke a 54-54 tie with 2:13 to go in overtime with athree-pointer that represented the last points of the day for Washington State.
Two free throws by Richard Midgley and a basket by Kately put the Bears infront for good, 58-57, with 1:26 remaining.
Rod Benson's turnaround bank shot 42 seconds from the end of the five-minuteextra period gave the Bears a three-point cushion, 60-57
Kelati's 25-foot attempt to tie bounced off with 24 seconds remaining, andthe game ended in a flurry of Cal free throws.