Men's Basketball Hosts Eastern Washington Monday
Nov. 15, 2009
COUGARS HOST EAGLES: The Washington State University men's basketball team returns to the court Monday, Nov. 16, to take on Eastern Washington University at 7 p.m. at Friel Court. The game can be seen live on FSN NW.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
The Cougars defeated Mississippi Valley State, 94-66, Friday, Nov. 13 in Pullman in both teams' season openers.
Klay Thompson led WSU with 20 points, while DeAngelo Casto added 18.
Abe Lodwick, getting his first career start, led the Cougars with nine rebounds, six of them on the offensive end.
ABOUT THE EAGLES:
The Eagles opened the season Saturday, Nov. 14 with a 64-58 loss to Portland in Cheney.
Benny Valentine led the team off the bench with 20 points.
Starting center Brandon Moore added 14 points and a team-high six rebounds.
AGAINST THE EAGLES:
Friday's matchup is the 64th all-time between the Cougars and the Eagles, with WSU holding a 52-11 lead in the series.
The teams last met Nov. 9, 2007, resulting in a 68-41 WSU victory in Pullman.
Prior to that, the last meeting occurred in 1998, as WSU defeated EWU, 91-72, in Cheney.
During the 1997-96 season, Eastern snapped a 17-game losing streak to Washington State with an 83-82 victory in Kennewick, Wash., Dec. 22, 1997.
The Cougar loss snapped their winning streak which stretched back to 1952.
The teams first met Jan. 14, 1907 in Pullman, as the Cougars won, 16-10.
WSU AGAINST THE BIG SKY:
WSU holds a 174-48 record against current members of the Big Sky Conference.
Last season the Cougars defeated three Big Sky teams (Sacramento State, Idaho State and Montana State).
This season the Cougars face just two Big Sky opponents as they will also take on Portland State Dec. 19 in Kennewick, Wash.
The former head coach at Portland State, Ken Bone went 39-23 in Big Sky conference action while at the helm for the Vikings.
FAMILIAR FOE FOR BONE:
Although he's new to the Cougars, head coach Ken Bone is familiar with the Eagles of Eastern Washington.
As the head coach at Portland State, Bone went 4-4 against EWU in his four season.
Last season the Vikings swept the Eagles with a 66-62 overtime victory in Cheney (Feb. 28) and 83-61 victory in Portland.
MORE ON WSU'S SEASON OPENER:
The Cougars' 94 points were the most since scoring 98 against Washington, March 1, 2003.
For the second-straight year, six freshmen made their debuts in the season opener (Reggie Moore, Xavier Thames, Brock Motum, Anthony Brown, Steven Bjornstad, John Allen-RS).
Reggie Moore became the second Cougar freshman to start as season opener in as many years...last year Klay Thompson became the first freshman to start for WSU since the 2004-05 season.
The Cougars grabbed 13 offensive rebounds in the first half, the most since pulling down 15 in the first half against Washington Jan. 31, 2003.
Abe Lodwick had a career-high nine rebounds...his previous high was six in his Cougar debut last year, also against MVSU (Nov. 15, 2008).
DeAngelo Casto scored a career-high 18 points...previous high was 11 points against Arizona, Feb. 26, 2009.
Marcus Capers also had a career-high for points with 10...previous was six done three times as a freshman.
Charlie Enquist tied this career high with six points....he had a career-high five rebounds.
Klay Thompson attempted more than four free throws for the first time in his career...he finished 8-for-9 from the line.
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
WSU is 35-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court.
The Cougars have won 32-straight November games in Pullman and are 37-1 (the loss came before the Cougars moved into Beasley Coliseum).
WSU's only loss in Pullman in November came against Colorado State, Nov., 30, 1963, by a score of 77-47.
TRUE FRESHMEN PUT TO THE TEST: COUGS SECOND-MOST WINNINGEST TEAM OVER LAST THREE YEARS: COUGS CONQUER THE GLOBE: SOUTHPAW HEAVY: COUGARS DEFEAT WARRIORS IN EXHIBITION:
Ken Bone became the 17th WSU men's basketball head coach April 7, 2009.
He became the eighth WSU head coach to make his Cougar debut in Pullman.
WSU head coaches are 7-1 all-time when opening their Cougar career in Pullman.
All-time WSU head coaches are 13-4 in their debuts.
Reggie Moore became the second Cougar freshman to start a season opener in as many seasons.
Last season Klay Thompson became the first to accomplish that feat since Kyle Weaver started the season opener, Nov. 19, 2004.
Five current Cougars have gotten a starting nod as freshmen (Marcus Capers, DeAngelo Casto, Nikola Koprivica, Reggie Moore and Klay Thompson).
The last time two WSU freshmen started a game came March 17, 2009 when Marcus Capers and Klay Thompson started at Saint Mary's in the NIT.
Over the last four seasons (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10) the Cougars have the second-most overall and conference wins among Pac-10 schools.
WSU is 70-33 (.680) overall and 32-22 in conference play over the last three years.
UCLA has the best three-year record at 91-19 (.827) overall and 44-10 in league play.
Below is a look at where the teams rank since 2006-07 (games through Nov. 15, 2009):
Team: Overall; Conference
UCLA: 91-19; 44-10
Washington State: 70-33 ; 32-22
USC: 68-37 ; 31-23
Stanford: 66-35; 29-25
Washington : 63-39; 29-25
Arizona: 61-39; 28-26
California: 57-44; 23-31
Oregon: 58-45; 22-32
Arizona State : 55-45; 22-32
Oregon State : 33-65; 10-44
This summer the WSU basketball program had four team members represent their native countries in international competition.
Three Cougars participated in the FIBA U19 World Championships, as DeAngelo Casto and Klay Thompson brought home the gold for Team USA.
Brock Motum and Australia took fourth place.
Nikola Koprivica spent his summer representing Serbia for the second-straight year, this time in the World University Games, as the Serbians took home the gold.
Over the last three years, eight different Cougars have represented their respective countries nine times, with four of them having represented the United States.
Five of the Cougars' 16 players on the roster are left-handed on the basketball court (Anthony Brown, Marcus Capers, Nikola Koprivica, Abe Lodwick and Brock Motum).
Capers is only left-handed on the basketball court.
Last season the Cougars also had five lefties on their roster, but lost two following the conclusion of the season (Taylor Rochestie and Nick Witherill).
WSU defeated Lewis-Clark State College, 73-51, in exhibition action, Monday, Nov. 9 at Friel Court.
Klay Thompson led the Cougars with 19 points on 4-for-4 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc.
DeAngelo Casto put up a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Michael Harthun added 10 points as he shot 5-for-6 from the field.
Freshman Reggie Moore started for the Cougars and scored six points while dishing out eight assists.
TRUE FRESHMEN PUT TO THE TEST:
COUGS SECOND-MOST WINNINGEST TEAM OVER LAST THREE YEARS:
COUGS CONQUER THE GLOBE:
COUGARS DEFEAT WARRIORS IN EXHIBITION: