Cougars Head to Great Alaska Shootout

Nov. 22, 2009

COUGARS HEAD TO ALASKA: The Washington State University men's basketball team will hit the road for its first trip of the season as it heads to Anchorage, Alaska for the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, Nov. 25-28. The Cougars will open the tournament against host Alaska-Anchorage, Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 8:30 p.m. PST (7:30 p.m. local time).

ABOUT THE GREAT ALASKA SHOOTOUT:
•The Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout enters its 32nd year.
• The tournament began in 1978 as the Sea Wolf Classic...it moved from the Buckner Field House to Sullivan Arena in 1983.
• This season six teams make up the field for the men's tournament.
• WSU is in Pool A along with Alaska Anchorage and Nicholls State.
• Pool B consists of Houston, Oklahoma and San Diego.
• The Cougars take Thursday off and resume action Friday, Nov. 27 taking on Nicholls State at 6 p.m. PST (5 p.m. local time).
• Depending on the outcome of their first two games, the Cougars could play at either 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. PST, Saturday, Nov. 28.
• For a complete tournament schedule, check out page one of the notes.
• The Cougars participated in the Great Alaska Shooutout one other time, during the 1981-82 season.
• They defeated Alaska Anchorage and fell to Southwestern Louisiana and Iona to finish 1-2.
• That year Southwest Louisiana defeated Marquette in the championship game.

FOLLOWING THE COUGS IN ALASKA:
• All nine of the men's games of the Great Alaska Shootout will be televised.
• On top of that, all games will be streamed live on GoSeawolves.com....full-tournament subscription packages cost $19.95, while single-day passes can be purchased for $9.95.
• See the sidebar on page three for the complete television schedule of the shootout.

ABOUT THE COUGS:
• The Cougars enter the game 3-0 after their season opening victory over Mississippi Valley State (94-66, Nov. 13) and wins over Eastern Washington (67-61, Nov. 16) and IPFW (89-70, Nov. 19) also in Pullman.
• Sophomore Klay Thompson leads the team in scoring averaging 27.0 points per game...he scored 20 in his season debut, 24 against EWU and a career-high 37 points in his last outing against IPFW.
• Thompson's also been solid on the boards as he is tied for the team lead with 4.7 rebounds an outing...he also leads the team with 2.0 steals a game.
• Redshirt sophomore Abe Lodwick is tied with Thompson with 4.7 rebounds a game after grabbing a career-high nine boards in the season opener.• Sophomore DeAngelo Casto is pitching in 13.7 points and 4.0 rebounds a game.
• Reggie Moore, the freshman starting point guard, leads the team with 3.3 assists a game, adding 11.3 points per game.
• Next up, the Cougars continue their five-straight games away from Pullman as they head to Gonzaga (Dec. 2) and Kansas State (Dec. 5).

ABOUT THE SEAWOLVES:
• An NCAA Division II basketball member, the Seawolves are 2-0 with victories over American Sports University and Hawaii Pacific.
• Two players are averaging double figure points, led by Malcolm Campbell with 15.0 points and a team-high 8.0 boards per game.
• Nick Pacitti is adding 10.0 points and 6.0 rebounds a game.

THE SERIES WITH ALASKA ANCHORAGE:
• Wednesday's matchup is the fourth all-time between the Cougars and the Seawolves.
• WSU leads the all-time series, 3-0.
• The two teams last met Jan. 3, 1994, with WSU coming out on top, 86-64.
• The previous meeting came Dec. 21, 1991, with the Cougars winning 77-68 in Pullman.
• In the 1981 Great Alaska Shootout, the two teams met for the first time...WSU defeated UAA, 83-66, in Anchorage.

WSU AGAINST THE REST OF THE FIELD:
• The Cougars will also face Nicholls State for sure, Friday, Nov. 27...the two teams have never previously played each other.
• WSU will then meet either Houston, Oklahoma or San Diego.
• The Cougars have never faced Oklahoma.
• They are 1-1 against San Diego and 0-2 against the Cougars of Houston.

MORE ON THURSDAY'S WIN OVER IPFW:
• Klay Thompson finished with a career-high 37 points...he reached the 30-point plateau for the first time in his career.
• Thompson became the first Cougar to reach 30 points since Taylor Rochestie scored 33 at UCLA, Feb. 21, 2009.
• Thompson's 37 points mark the most by a Cougar since Derrick Low put up 37 against Oregon, Jan. 7, 2007.
• Thompson scored a career-high 22 first-half points...his previous high was 15 done twice, at UCLA (Feb. 21) and against Oregon (Feb. 12)...Thompson accounted for half of WSU's 44 first-half points.
• Thompson started the game 5-for-5 from the field...in his last outing he missed his first six shots.

A NEW SEASON, A NEW KLAY:
• After a tremendous freshman season, Klay Thompson has added a new dimension to his game.
• Thompson has developed more of an inside game and has found ways to get to the hoop.
• Through three games this season, Thompson has attempted 28 free throws...last year he shot 31 free throws the entire season (33 games).
• In the season opener he shot nine free throws, marking the first time in his career he shot more than four in one game.
• Last year through three games Thompson had yet to attempt a free throw.
• He was averaging just 11.3 points per game through three games last year, compared to his 27.0 points per game average this year.

PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
• WSU concluded its home games in the month of November and is now 37-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court.
• The Cougars have won 34-straight November games in Pullman and are 39-1 (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:
• Reggie Moore became the second Cougar freshman to start a season opener in as many seasons.
• 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 72-33 (.686) overall and 32-22 in conference play over the last three years.
• UCLA has the best three-year record at 92-20 (.821) overall and 44-10 in league play.

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).

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