Cougars to Make First Pac-10 Road Trip
Jan. 5, 2010
COUGARS TAKE FIRST PAC-10 ROAD TRIP: Washington State (11-3, 1-1) will take the road for the first time in Pacific-10 Conference play as it takes on Arizona (7-7, 1-1) Friday, Jan. 8 at 5:30 p.m. PST in Tucson and Arizona State (10-5, 0-2), Sunday, Jan. 10 at 11:30 a.m. PST in Tempe. Friday's game can be seen on FSN Northwest and Arizona and Sunday's will be shown nationally on FSN.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State got its first Pac-10 victory of the season, defeating Oregon State, 65-60, Saturday at Pullman's Friel Court.
The win improved WSU to 1-1 in league play after it fell to Oregon in its Pac-10 opener, 91-89, in double overtime.
The Cougs are 1-2 on the road, while holding a 3-0 neutral site record.
Sophomore Klay Thompson leads the team and the conference and ranks third in the nation with 24.3 points per game....he's scored in double figures in all 13 of the Cougs' 14 games this season and reached 20-plus points in 11 of the 14 contests.
Freshman point guard Reggie Moore leads the team with 4.6 assists a game, along with a team second-best 12.9 points an outing.
Sophomore DeAngelo Casto leads the Cougs on the boards with 7.4 rebounds a game, adding 10.9 points per game.
ABOUT THE WILDCATS:
Arizona is off to 7-7 start and is 1-1 in Pac-10 play.
The Wildcats fell in their conference opener, 56-50, at USC Thursday...they followed it up with a 77-63 victory at UCLA Saturday.
Senior Nic Wise leads the team with 15.1 points per game, while shooting .926 from the free throw line.
Freshman Derrick Williams is also adding 15.1 points and 6.7 rebounds.
Sophomore Jamelle Horne leads the team on the boards with 7.5 rebounds, chipping in 11.3 points an outing.
ABOUT THE SUN DEVILS:
Arizona State will host Washington Friday, entering that game with a 10-5 mark.
ASU fell in its first two Pac-10 games, a 72-70 loss at UCLA Thursday and a 47-37 defeat at USC Saturday.
Rihards Kuksiks leads the Sun Devils with 11.4 points an outing.
Derek Glasser is adding 11.1 points and 5.2 assists a game.
BACK-TO-BACK STELLAR STARTS FOR WSU COACHES:
First-year Cougar head coach Ken Bone got his team off to a 6-0 start, making him the second-straight WSU coach to start 6-0 in his rookie campaign.
Bone's 6-0 mark ranks as the fifth-best start by a Pacific-10 Conference coach in his debut in the post-World War II era.
It ties as the 18th-best start by a head coach at a current Pac-10 institution.
Four seasons ago, Tony Bennett got off to a 7-0 start for the Cougars, which ties for the 13th-best start by a Pac-10 coach.
In 2006-07 Bennett and the Cougar reached 14-2 before losing their third game of the season January 13 at Stanford.
AGAINST THE WILDCATS:
Arizona holds a 51-14 advantage over WSU in the all-time series, and has won three of the last four meetings.
The Cougars snapped their three-game losing streak to the Wildcats with a 69-53 victory in the second meeting of the season at Friel Court.
Then freshman DeAngelo Casto had a then-career high 11 points as he was 5-for-6 from the field in the win.
Taylor Rochestie, Klay Thompson and Caleb Forrest each scored in double figures with 17, 16 and 15 points, respectively...Forrest shot nine of the Cougars' 11 free throws, converting all nine of them.
In the first meeting, WSU let a five-point halftime lead slip away as it fell 66-56, Jan. 31 in Tucson.
Taylor Rochestie scored 22 to lead the Cougs, while Aron Baynes recorded a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
AGAINST THE SUN DEVILS:
Arizona State holds a 33-32 advantage in the all-time series, but Washington State has won the last six meetings and eight of the last nine.
Last season ASU was ranked 14th both times WSU defeated it.
In the first meeting, a 65-55 win in Tempe, Klay Thompson exploded for the Cougs, hitting a WSU freshman record eight three pointers while scoring a then-career high 28 points.
Aron Baynes added 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds...he was eight-for-eight from the free throw line.
The second meeting required overtime for the Cougs to get their 51-49 victory.
With the Cougs down by one, Taylor Rochestie hit the game-winning 3-pointer with three seconds remaining in overtime.
Klay Thompson led the team with 17 points, while Aron Baynes added 11 of his own.
MOORE OUT OF REGGIE:
Point guard Reggie Moore has gotten off to a hot start for the Cougars in his rookie campaign, ranking second on the team with 12.9 points per game.
Not only is he second in scoring, but he leads the team in assists with 4.6 dishes per game.
At Kansas State, Dec. 5, Moore set a WSU freshman record with 12 free throws made.
Against Air Force Dec. 12 in Spokane, Moore had the first double-double of his young career...he had a career high 10 assists, the second-most single game assists by a Cougar freshman.
Moore bettered that in his next game with 12 assists, marking the second-most single game assists by a Cougar freshman as he now has the second and third best performances.
Moore leads all Pac-10 freshmen in assists and assists/turnover ratio and ranks second among freshmen in scoring and free throw percentage.
He is currently on pace for the WSU freshman record for assists which is 114 set by Bennie Seltzer in 1990.
If the season ended today, Moore would capture the freshman record for assists average and would finish second in scoring average.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE COUGS:
The Cougars bounced back from their loss to Oregon with a 65-60 victory over Oregon State Saturday at Friel Court.
Freshman Reggie Moore became the first Cougar to lead the team in scoring by himself not named Klay Thompson as he had a career-high 19 points.
Sophomore Marcus Capers had his first career double-double grabbing a career high 10 rebounds while adding 10 points.
Klay Thompson did not reach the 20-point plateau for just the third time this season...finished with seven points before fouling out with 4:50 to go...first time this season Thompson did not score double figures.
James Watson scored a career-high seven points.
Oregon State's 24 first half points tie for the lowest by a Cougar opponent this season...also allowed 24 against Air Force (Dec. 12).
WSU scored a season-low 65 points.
First year WSU head coach Ken Bone got his first Pac-10 win as the Cougar coach.
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 11 of WSU's 14 games.
He's also reached double figures in 20 of WSU's 28 halves this season and in 13 of the team's 14 games.
Thompson scored 10 combined points in the 10 combined minutes of the two overtimes against Oregon Dec. 31.
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 Sunday, Jan. 3, Klay Thompson ranked third in the nation with 24.3 points per game.
The rankings come from the official NCAA stats.
For a complete list of where he ranks, and where he ranks in the Pac-10 see the box on the right side of page three of this week's notes.
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 80-36 (.690) overall and 33-23 in conference play over the last three years and this season.
UCLA has the best three-year record at 97-27 (.782) overall and 44-11 in league play.
COUGS AMONG YOUNGEST TEAMS IN NATION:
With 15 underclassman and just one upperclassman, Washington State's men's basketball team is among the youngest in the country, according to research done by Central Florida's SID.
WSU has the most underclassmen with 15, followed by Harvard with 14 and UCF and Toledo with 13 apiece.
The Cougars are also tied for the fewest amount of upperclassmen in the country as they and Saint Louis each have one.
For the second-straight season, WSU has five left-handed shooters on its team in 2009-10.
Anthony Brown, Marcus Capers, Nikola Koprivica, Abe Lodwick and Brock Motum are all left-handed on the basketball court.
Last season WSU also had five lefties on the team with Taylor Rochestie and Nick Witherill before the arrival of freshmen Brown and Motum.