Cougars face Stanford in Pac-10 semifinals
LOS ANGELES - The 21-ranked Washington State University men's basketball (24-7) continues its run in the 2008 Pacific Life Pacific-10 Conference Tournament as it takes on No. 11 Stanford (25-6), Friday 8:30 p.m. at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The third-seeded Cougars and second-seeded Cardinal will meet for the third time this season live on FSN.
Derrick Low scored 18 points, and No. 21 Washington State blew most of a 20-point lead before beating Oregon 75-70 Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 tournament.
Taylor Rochestie scored 16 points, Kyle Weaver had 14 points and seven assists, and Robbie Cowgill added 12 points and six rebounds for the third-seeded Cougars (24-7), who won for the seventh time in nine games following a three-game losing streak.
Tajuan Porter scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half and Malik Hairston also had 20 points for Oregon (18-13), whose final hope for an NCAA tournament berth almost surely disappeared. Maarty Leunen added 11 points for the sixth-seeded Ducks.
The Ducks, who never led, drew within four points on Porter's fourth 3-pointer of the game with 1:25 remaining. But that was as close as Oregon would get as the Cougars were successful enough at the foul line down the stretch to earn the victory.