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.Comment on this story
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.