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Loss at Cal drives home Moore's absence

MIKE LADD

IT HAS BEEN an ongoing question for months. And if Saturday's 67-54 loss at California clarified anything for Washington State, it is how much the Cougars miss senior point guard Reggie Moore. As WSU's offense went stagnant during the second half, it could have used Moore's ability to penetrate and draw fouls.

Instead, the Bears (10-6 overall, 2-2 conference) were able to bottle up Motum, mostly with senior Bak Bak, as the Cougars had to settle for a slew of unsuccessful jumpers. It was a similar script to Wednesday night's 78-67 loss at Stanford, except Motum was held to 16 points against Cal. WSU (9-7, 0-3) trailed just 44-43 when senior guard Mike Ladd scored on a layup with 12:08 remaining. But the...

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