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Washington State upsets No. 15 Baylor 77-71

Published: Thursday, Dec. 23 2010 7:03 p.m. MST

Washington State guard Marcus Capers (0) and Baylor forward Anthony Jones (41) look on as Washington State forward Patrick Simon (44) grabs a rebound in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Diamond Head Classic, Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, in Honolulu.  (Eugene Tanner, Associated Press) Washington State guard Marcus Capers (0) and Baylor forward Anthony Jones (41) look on as Washington State forward Patrick Simon (44) grabs a rebound in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Diamond Head Classic, Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, in Honolulu. (Eugene Tanner, Associated Press)

HONOLULU — Klay Thompson scored 20 points, including two key 3-pointers down the stretch, and Washington State held on to upset No. 15 Baylor 77-71 in the semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic on Thursday.

The Cougars (10-1), who nearly squandered a 20-point second-half lead, withstood a furious rally by the Bears for their fifth straight win. Five players reached double figures for Washington State, which advanced to Saturday's championship game against the winner of the Butler-Florida State semifinal.

Thompson, the son of former No. 1 NBA draft pick Mychal Thompson, made a 3 to give Washington State a 66-64 lead with 4:29 left. He hit another 3 and made two free throws with 32 seconds left.

LaceDarius Dunn scored 29 points, all but four in the second half for the Bears (8-2), while Quincy Acy had 16 points and 12 rebounds.

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