Washington State falls to Pitt in CBI final, 71-65

PITTSBURGH — At full strength, Washington State coach Ken Bone liked his chances against Pittsburgh in the College Basketball Invitational finals.

An injury to star forward Brock Motum never gave the Cougars the chance.

With the Pac 12's leading scorer watching from the bench in a black sweatsuit after injuring his ankle in the semifinals against Oregon State, the Cougars fell to the Panthers 71-65 on Friday night to lose the best-of-three finals.

When asked how much he was forced to change things with his best player out, Bone just shook his head.

"A lot," he said. "It was just trying to tweak this, tweak that right on down to the last few plays of the game."

Reggie Moore led Washington State (19-18) with 18 points but the Cougars had trouble stopping Pitt even though the Panthers played without star senior guard Ashton Gibbs, who missed the final two games with an ankle injury.

Tray Woodall scored 17 points and added seven assists, while tournament MVP Lamar Patterson had 14 points, eight rebounds and five rebounds for the Panthers (22-17), who shot 50 percent and turned it over just three times.

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