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.


• 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.

TRUE FRESHMEN PUT TO THE TEST:
• 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.

COUGS SECOND-MOST WINNINGEST TEAM OVER LAST THREE YEARS:
• 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

COUGS CONQUER THE GLOBE:
• 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.

SOUTHPAW HEAVY:
• 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).

COUGARS DEFEAT WARRIORS IN EXHIBITION:
• 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.

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