Cougars Beat Cal To Clinch Tourney Berth
March 6, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Marcus Moore and Thomas Kelati each scored 16 pointsas Washington State beat California 70-58 Saturday, qualifying for thePacific-10 Conference tournament.
The Cougars (13-15, 7-11 Pac-10) needed the victory to grab at least thefinal spot in the eight-team tournament. The Cougars waited for the score ofthe Oregon State-Southern California game to determine whether they would be a7 or 8 seed.
As the No. 8 seed, the Cougars would face No. 1 Stanford, which beat theCougars 63-61 with a 3-pointer at the buzzer on Thursday.
Moore added a season-high seven rebounds to go with six assists.
Richard Midgley led all scorers with 19 points for California (13-14, 9-9).Amit Tamir added 11 points for the Golden Bears.
Moore and Kelati combined for four consecutive 3-pointers to start the game,taking a 12-5 lead and holding on for a 31-25 halftime lead. Ezenwa Ukeagu had11 points for the Cougars. Jeff Varem and Shami Gill each added 10 points.
The Cougars led by as many as 12 points midway through the second half, butRichard Midgley sparked a run that brought the Golden Bears to within one,51-50 with 5:45 remaining. Free throws by Moore and Kelati down the stretchwidened the Cougars' lead.
Washington State returns to the Pac-10 tournament for the first time since1990, when all 10 teams played.