Cougars and Falcons Faceoff in Spokane
Dec. 11, 2009
COUGARS HOST FALCONS IN SPOKANE: Washington State University men's basketball (7-2) hits the road for three-straight `home' games away from Pullman beginning Saturday as it hosts Air Force (5-2) at 1 p.m. at Spokane Arena in Spokane. The game can be heard live on the radio as Bud Nameck has the call.
|Game 10 | Air Force (5-2) vs. Washington State (7-2)|
|Date||Saturday, Dec. 12 | 1 p.m. PST|
|Location||Spokane, Wash. | Spokane Arena|
|Radio||Cougar Sports Network | Listen Online|
|wsucougars.com||Gametracker | Crimson ZZU Blog | Game Notes|
|All-Time Series||WSU leads 1-0|
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State (7-2) snapped its two-game losing streak with a 76-64 defeat of border rival Idaho, Wednesday, Dec. 9 at Pullman's Friel Court.
Klay Thompson leads the team with 25.8 points per game, adding 5.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists a game.
DeAngelo Casto leads the Cougs on the boards with 7.1 rebounds a game, chipping in 11.6 points an outing.
Freshman point guard Reggie Moore leads the team with 3.9 assists a game and is second with 13.2 points a game.
Head Coach Ken Bone is the second-consecutive WSU head coach to go undefeated in the month of November during his first year while getting off to a 6-0 start.
ABOUT THE FALCONS:
Air Force enters the game with a 5-2 mark with its most recent win coming over Prairie View A&M, Tuesday, Dec. 8 at home.
The Falcons have played just one road game, falling at Missouri State, Dec. 5.
Grant Parker leads the team with 17.1 points per game and 7.1 rebounds an outing.
Evan Washington is adding 13.7 points, 5.3 boards and 3.7 assists a game.
Tom Fow has come off the bench in four games to average 9.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
AGAINST AIR FORCE:
After taking on its longest continuous rival, Idaho, earlier this week, WSU now faces one of its newest rivals in Air Force, which it takes on for just the second time.
The only other meeting also occurred at the Spokane Arena, Nov. 25, as WSU hosted the Cougar Hispanic College Fund Challenge.
After trailing 30-26 at intermission, the Cougs compiled a comeback behind 19 second-half points by Derrick Low and 16 from Taylor Rochestie in the second period...Rochestie finished with 22 points.
WSU AGAINST THE MOUNTAIN WEST:
WSU holds a 17-34 record against current members of the Mountain West Conference.
Air Force is the only Mountain West Conference foe WSU has faced in the last three seasons.
During the 2006-07 season, WSU had its perfect nonconference season spoiled at Utah, as the Utes defeated the Cougs, 69-55.
WSU is just 2-13 against Utah and has faced all nine Mountain West members.
San Diego State is the only other Mountain West member WSU has not lost to with a 5-0 mark.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE COUGS:
The Cougars used an early second half run to defeat Idaho, 76-64, Wednesday at Pullman's Friel Court.
Klay Thompson scored a team-high 25 points...he has now scored 20-plus points in eight of WSU's nine games...he's scored in double figures in the first half in eight of the nine games and in 16 of the 18 halves this season.
DeAngelo Casto finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds, marking the third double-double of the season and his career...he tied his career high with 14 rebounds.
WSU improved to 158-107 all-time against Idaho in the longest continuous men's basketball series west of the Mississippi (going back to 1906).
Marcus Capers fouled out with two minutes to go, marking the first time a Cougar has fouled out in a game this season.
Reggie Moore finished with 12 points and has scored in double figures for the Cougars in eight of their nine games.
THOMPSON MAKES ALASKA HIS `KLAY'GROUND:
Klay Thompson had the week of his young career at the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage, Nov. 25-28.
Thompson broke the Great Alaska Shootout single-game and championship game records with 43 points in WSU's win over San Diego...the old record was set by Glenn Robinson of Purdue also in the championship game against Portland in 1993.
His 16 field goals mark a championship game record, besting Robinson's mark of 15 in 1993.
Thompson also set championship game records for field goals made (16), 3-pointers made (eight) and 3-pointers attempted (13).
His 89 total points were tied for second most in the tournament with Casey Green of Southwest Louisiana (1997).
Thompson's 14 3-pointers stand at fifth best all-time in the Great Alaska Shootout.
He was named the Carrs/Safeway Player of the Game in all three WSU games.
He earned the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award.
He led the tournament in points, scoring average, 3-point field goals made, 3-point field goals attempted and free throws, and was ranked in the top five in assists, steals, blocks and minutes played.
COUGARS DOMINATE SHOOTOUT AS WELL:
The Cougars not only won the Great Alaska Shootout title, but they also notched their names in the record books along the way.
WSU's .575 field goal percentage in its three games is the third-best in Shootout history and just .011 behind the record.
The Cougs' .511 3-point field goal percentage is the fifth-best 3-point shooting performance all time.
They set the championship game record for largest margin of victory with a 37-point defeat (93-56) of San Diego...the old record was 29 (76-47) points as San Diego State defeated Hampton last season.
WSU tied the tournament championship game record for most second half points with 54, held by Illinois vs. New Mexico State in 1992 and Iowa vs. Northeastern in 1986.
WSU led the tournament in scoring offense (86.0 ppg), scoring defense (64.3 papg), field goal percentage (.575), field goal percentage defense (.391), 3-point field goal percentage (.511), blocked shots (4.7 bpg) and assists (19.0 apg).
To put it in perspective, there have been 381 Shootout games over 32 years.
THOMPSON JOINS FONTAINE IN 20-PLUS POINT GAMES:
Klay Thompson scored 20-plus points in Washington State's first six games this season.
It marks the most consecutive 20-plus point performances by a Cougar since the school's all-time leading scorer, Isaac Fontaine, scored 20-plus in six-straight games Dec. 7-29, 1996.
Thompson became the fifth Cougar to notch six-consecutive 20-point games, joining Jim Meredith (Dec. 11-26, 1970), Don Collins (Feb. 24-Dec. 5, 1970), Joe Wallace (Dec. 20, 1984-Jan. 5, 1985) and Fontaine.
He's now reached 20-plus points in eight of WSU's nine games.
He's also reached double figures in 16 of WSU's 18 halves this season and in all nine games.
THOMPSON EARNS BACK-TO-BACK PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS:
Klay Thompson was named the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the week for the weeks of Nov. 16-22 and Nov. 23-29.
He is just the third Cougar to earn a Pac-10 Player of the Week award twice in the same season as Daven Harmeling did so in 2006-07 and Joe Wallace accomplished the feat in 1985-87.
He's just the second Cougar to earn the honor over the last three seasons.
He became the 17th men's basketball player student-athlete to earn back-to-back Player of the Week honors, as Patrick Christopher of California and James Harden, formerly of Arizona State, accomplished it last season.
Thompson joins elite company, as he became the 13th sophomore to earn multiple Player of the Week awards.
James Harden, Ryan Anderson, Darren Collison, Daven Harmeling, Gilbert Arenas, Baron Davis, Jason Kidd, Harold Miner, Chris Mills, Adam Keefe, Gary Payton and Reggie Miller also accomplished that feat in their sophomore campaigns.
THE PAC-10 40 POINT CLUB:
With his 43 points against San Diego (Nov. 28), Klay Thompson became just the third Pac-10 player to score 40 points in the last five seasons...James Harden of ASU scored 40 in 2008-09 and Leon Powe of California scored 41 in 2005-06.
It's the most points scored by a Pac-10 player since Jason Kapono of UCLA scored 44 against WSU, Jan. 4, 2003.
THOMPSON ONE OF NATION'S TOP SCORERS:
As of games through Thursday, Dec. 10, Klay Thompson ranked second in the nation with 25.8 points per game.
He ranks second in the country in field goals made with 78.
Thompson is also second with 232 total points.
For a complete list of where he ranks, and where he ranks in the Pac-10 see the box on the right side of this page.
COUGARS AMONG WINNINGEST TEAMS IN PAC-10:
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 76-35 (.685) overall and 32-22 in conference play over the last three years and this season.
UCLA has the best three-year record at 93-24 (.795) overall and 44-10 in league play.
<.b>GETTING MOORE AT POINT GUARD:
With 35 assists and a 3.9 apg average, freshman Reggie Moore is on pace to move into second on the WSU freshman top-10 list for assists.
He is also on average to hit the WSU freshman record of 114 records set by Bennie Seltzer in 1990.
Moore currently ranks seventh in the conference and is the only freshman in the top-10 in assists per game.
He's also on pace for second in the WSU freshman scoring average list and set to pass Klay Thompson in second for total points.