Rochestie, Thompson ignite Washington State to win over Cardinal
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State Cougars turned a few heads over the weekend, beating Stanford 55-54 to break a two-game losing streak. And they did it on the backs of Freshman Klay Thompson and senior Taylor Rochestie, not to mention a heroic effort on the part of another freshman in the closing seconds, DeAngelo Casto.
Rochestie led all scorers in the contest with 21, including a layup with 17 seconds remaining in the game to take the lead for good. On defense, Casto stuffed Anthony Goods' layup attempt with 7 seconds to go to seal the win.
The Cardinal led Washington State 30-22 at halftime, but Thompson ignited his team when he capped a 12-2 run with thunderous drunk over Mitch Johnson, who fouled Thompson on the way up. Thompson hit the free throw to give the Cougars a 34-32 lead.
Stanford was picked to finish ninth in the PAC-10, but began the season 10-0. The team has since then lost three of its last four games.
Washington State heads to Oregon later this week, playing Oregon State in Corvallis on Thursday. The Cougars will at Oregon on Saturday.