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March 29, 2012Bring on the rubber match.
The Washington State Cougars will look to capture the College Basketball Invitational championship in Game Three on Friday in Pittsburgh after they fell, 57-53, to the Panthers in the second game of the series Wednesday night.
After scoring 67 points in a Game One victory, the Cougs were unable to match their offensive output without leading scorer Brock Motum.
Reggie Moore tried to pick up the scoring slack. He came to life late, and scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half.
Moore was all over the floor in the second half, as he was creating space for himself and finishing around the rim along with drawing fouls. He finished with eight free throws made on 10 attempts.
However, the rest of the Cougar offense was not as fortunate.
After averaging 16 points during the tournament, senior Abe Lodwick made only two of his seven shots and finished with nine points and six rebounds. Senior Charlie Endquist, who filled in for Motum, got into foul trouble early in the second half and had no impact on the game.
WSU trailed almost from the start until Moore was able to tie the game at 49 with a pair of free throws. Pitt responded immediately, as Lamar Patterson nailed a jumper on the ensuing possession as the Panthers regained their lead.
The Cougs held Pitt without a field goal for about seven minutes down the stretch, which allowed WSU to get back into the game, but the lead was simply too much to overcome.
WSU will stay in Pittsburgh for Game Three of the series, which will be played on Friday at 4 p.m.
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