Cougars Head to L.A. to Take on Trojans and Bruins
Jan. 19, 2010
WSU HEADS BACK ON THE ROAD TO FACE USC AND UCLA: Washington State men's basketball (13-5, 3-3), hits the road once again to take on USC (11-6, 3-2), Thursday, Jan. 21 at Galen Center and UCLA (7-10, 2-3), Saturday, Jan. 23 at Pauley Pavilion. Thursday's game will tip at 7:30 p.m. and is available on delay at USCTrojans.com, while Saturday's 1 p.m. contest can be seen nationally on Fox Sports Net.
|Game 19 | Washington State (13-5, 3-3) at USC (11-6, 3-2)|
|Date||Thursday, Jan. 21 | 7:30 p.m. PST|
|Location||Pullman, Wash. | Galen Center|
|Radio||Cougar Sports Network | Listen Online|
|wsucougars.com||Gametracker | Crimson ZZU Blog | Game Notes|
|All-Time Series||USC leads 66-41|
ABOUT THE COUGS: Washington State avoided its first three-game losing streak of the season as it defeated Stanford, 77-73, Saturday at Pullman's Beasley Coliseum.
The Cougars are now 13-5 on the season and 3-3 in Pacific-10 Conference action, sitting tied for fourth place in the league standings.
The Cougars split each of their first three Pac-10 weekends.
WSU is 2-3 on the road this season and 1-1 on the road in Pac-10 play...the Cougs are 3-0 in neutral site games.
Sophomore Klay Thompson leads the team and conference and ranks fifth in the nation with 22.9 points per game...he's scored double figures in 16 of the Cougs' 18 games this season and reached 20-plus points in 12 of the 18 contests.
Freshman point guard Reggie Moore leads the team with 4.6 assists a game, adding a team second-best 13.4 points an outing...he's averaging 15.2 points per game in Pac-10 play this season.
Sophomore DeAngelo Casto leads the Cougs on the boards with 7.3 rebounds a game, adding 10.4 points per game.
ABOUT THE USC TROJANS:
Under first-year head coach Kevin O'Neill, USC holds an 11-6 mark and 3-2 league record.
The Trojans are currently tied with California for second place in the conference, just a half a game behind 4-2 Arizona State.
USC swept the first Pac-10 series, defeating both Arizona and Arizona State at home, but then was swept by Stanford and California in the Bay Area.
The Trojans defeated their rivals UCLA, 67-46, in their last meeting Saturday at Pauley Pavilion.
Senior guard Dwight Lewis leads the team with 13.8 points per game.
Sophomore forward Nikola Vucevic is adding 12.2 points and 9.2 rebounds an outing, while shooting .544 (81-for-149) from the field.
Junior forward Alex Stepheson is adding 10.2 points along with 7.9 boards an outing.
AGAINST THE TROJANS:
USC holds a 66-41 advantage in the all-time series and has won the last two meetings against WSU.
The Trojans lead 42-12 at home in the series against the Cougars.
Last year WSU was swept by USC in the two meetings.
In the first meeting, WSU fell 46-44 at home, Jan. 24 as the teams teamed up for the fewest combined points in the history of the series.
Aron Baynes came one rebound shy of his fourth-consecutive double-double, finishing with 12 points and nine boards.
Klay Thompson led the Cougs with 15 points on 5-for-11 shooting from the field.
Daniel Hackett led USC with 14 points, while Taj Gibson had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
The 44 points marked the fewest points scored by USC in the all-time series against WSU...previous was 51 twice.
In the second meeting, WSU fell at USC, 61-51, Feb. 19.
Taylor Rochestie led WSU with 16 points, along with five rebounds and four assists.
Rochestie became the first Cougar that season to lead the team in points, rebounds, assists, steals and minutes played in a single game.
Caleb Forrest scored the first six points for the Cougars...he finished with 12 points.
Dwight Lewis led the Trojans with 17 points, while Taj Gibson and Daniel Hackett added 16 and 12, respectively.
ABOUT THE UCLA BRUINS:
Under seventh-year head coach Ben Howland, UCLA holds a 7-10 overall record and 2-3 Pac-10 mark heading into its game against Washington Thursday.
The Bruins are tied with three other teams for seventh in the league.
UCLA has dropped three of its last four games, having defeated California at Berkeley, Jan. 6.
The Bruins are 6-4 at home and 1-2 at home in Pac-10 action.
Sophomore guard Malcom Lee leads the team with 13.8 points per game, adding 4.6 rebounds a game.
Senior Michael Roll is right behind Lee with 13.4 points, shooting .433 from beyond the 3-point arc.
Three other Bruins are adding double figures...senior Nikola Dragovic, freshman Reeves Nelson and sophomore Jerime Anderson are adding 11.2, 10.5 and 10.2 points per game, respectively.
MOORE OUT OF REGGIE:
The Pac-10's lone starting freshman point guard, Reggie Moore has gotten off to a hot start for the Cougars in his rookie campaign, ranking second on the team with 13.4 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, assists/turnover ratio and free throw percentage and ranks second among freshmen in scoring.
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 and held on for a 77-73 victory over Stanford Saturday at Friel Court.
Klay Thompson got back to his scoring ways as he led the Cougars with 27 points on 11-for-20 shooting from the field.
Marcus Capers and Nikola Koprivica joined Thompson in double figures with 10 points apiece.
Thompson scored 20-plus points for the 12th time this season and the first since going for 33 in WSU's double-overtime loss to Oregon (Dec. 31)...he finished with 27.
WSU's 20-point (46-26) lead after the first 20 minutes marked its largest halftime lead of the season.
Thompson scored 13 of WSU's first 20 points...scored double figures in both halves.
Thompson made more than two 3-pointers for the first time in Pac-10 play this season...first time he'd made more than two 3-pointers in a game since Dec. 19 against Portland State.
Thompson's 17 first-half points mark his second-most in a first half this season and most in Pac-10 play...had 22 in the first half against IPFW (Nov. 19).
The Cougars blocked a season-high 10 shots...previous was six against San Diego and Eastern Washington.
Charlie Enquist played a personal Pac-10 most 13 minutes...previous high was eight at Oregon State last season...he scored the first Pac-10 points of his career (finished with four).
Thompson tied his career high and had a season and Pac-10 high three blocked shots.
Xavier Thames tied his career high with five assists...was one minute shy of his career high for minutes played with 23...had a career high four rebounds.
Five of WSU's six Pac-10 games have been decided by five or less points.
KOPRIVICA AMONG WINNINGEST COUGARS:
Senior Nikola Koprivica has been a part of WSU men's basketball teams that have combined for 82 wins (2007-present).
With 82 wins to his name, Koprivica is tied with Ed Gayda for the second most wins by an individual student-athlete in WSU history.
The number of wins does not include wins during a student-athlete's redshirt year, and the player doesn't have to have played in all of the games during the season.
Below is a list of the top-five winningest players in WSU history:
1. George Hamilton (1945, 1947-49), 86
2. Ed Gayda (1947-50), 82
Nikola Koprivica (2007-10), 82
4. Daven Harmeling (2005, 2007-09), 81
5. Aaron Baynes (2006-09), 80
Caleb Forrest (2006-09), 80
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 82-38 (.683) overall and 35-25 in conference play over the last three years and this season.
UCLA has the best three-year record at 98-29 (.772) overall and 46-13 in league play.
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.
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 12 of WSU's 18 games.
He's also reached double figures in 24 of WSU's 36 halves this season and in 16 of the team's 18 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.
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.
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