It was a special night for senior Marcus Capers on Saturday against the Trojans.
Capers broke George Hamilton’s record for all-time basketball games played at WSU as he played his 128th game in the Cougs’ 43-38 win.
Nonetheless, it was a close one for the Cougs (15-15, 7-11) who ended their regular season on a positive note.
WSU made only one field goal in the last 13 minutes of play against the Trojans (6-25, 1-17) as USC nearly erased WSU’s 17-point lead in the second half.
After holding the Trojans to only 14 points in the first half, WSU looked as if it had the game locked up with 15 minutes remaining in the second period.
Junior Brock Motum was outscoring the entire Trojan squad with eight minutes remaining as the Cougs held a 41-26 advantage.
However, the Trojans stormed back, engineering a 12-0 run in the late stages of the game and even cut it to a one-possession game.
Motum was the high point man for WSU as he finished with 27 points and 4 rebounds.
Cougar defense was the real story against USC.
The Trojans shot an abysmal 28.9 percent from the floor against the Cougs, including only six of 21 from outside the arc.
However, WSU could not overcome a horrendous shooting night on Thursday, as they fell to the Bruins 78-46.
The Cougs shot an anemic 34 percent from the floor, as UCLA used its 58 percent shooting to distance itself from eighth place WSU.
Lazeric Jones led the way for the Bruins (17-13, 10-7) as he dropped 18 points on eight of 10 shooting, to go along with five assists.
Jones scored 14 of his points in the first half, as he nailed two three pointers in the first period.
Motum continued his solid play, as the junior led WSU with 18 points, but he could not get any help from the rest of his squad.
No other Coug scored more than five points against the Bruins, as point guard Reggie Moore shot two of eight and freshman DaVonte Lacy shot two of five.
WSU’s free throw ineptitude continued as the Cougars shot 10 of 21 from the charity stripe.
The Cougs were down 38-19 at halftime and WSU’s only lead came when the Cougs began the game up 5-0.
The Cougars will have a quick turnaround before the Pac-12 tournament, where they will face Arizona State on Wednesday in the first game of the tournament.