Basketball: Cougars fall in Hawaii

A lump of coal in their Diamond Head Classic finale . . .

— Butler 84, Washington State 68: The Bulldogs (9-4) ran off 15 straight points to open the second half, blowing open a close game against the Cougars (10-2) in the championship game at Hawaii. Klay Thompson had 31 points in 1o of 18 shooting for WSU, but the rest of the team converted just 14 of 41 attempts. Thomson set a tournament record with 79 points in three games. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak by the Cougars that included victories over Gonzaga, Mississippi State and Baylor.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Uh Oh

    Klay had 31? What did I miss? I didn’t think it was nearly that many.

    I saw Faisel Aden looking not nearly as impressive as his stats would indicate. I saw Casto miss more than a few close-range shots I thought a better player would make – and that reminded me of my impression of him from last year. Great size and good looking initial move. Ball just doesn’t go in as often as it seems it should.

    So, in the end, while the Cougars absolutely have the pieces to make a solid team, they are just missing that, je ne se quoi, “killer instinct” to finish off opponents. That they wilted so badly and let Butler take over the game without a more unified fight back indicates they have some work left to be done.

    Rather than rip Wazzou once again, however, it’s fair to give Butler a lot of credit for showing how they did a ton of little insignificant things to get to the national finale last March.

    We’ll keep watching, Mr. Bone! 🙂

  • Will L

    They seemed to have the “it” factor against Baylor though, even as Dunn went crazy on them in the 2nd half. Wazzu is good. They have 4 guys who are a handful — Thompson, Moore, Aden, and Casto; and Capers is also good too. I think they make the Big Dance.