Cougars Return Home to Host Bruins Thursday
Feb. 16, 2010
WSU RETURNS HOME FOR THREE-STRAIGHT GAMES: After being swept on the road in the Bay Area last weekend, the Washington State University men's basketball team (15-10, 5-8) looks to bounce back as it hosts UCLA (11-13, 6-6), Thursday, Feb. 18 and USC (15-9, 7-5), Saturday, Feb. 20. Thursday's game will tip at 5:30 p.m. and can be seen nationally on Fox Sports Net, while Saturday's will tip at 2 p.m. and can be seen via a webcast on wsucougars.com.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
The Cougs were swept in a Pac-10 series for the first time this season as they fell at Stanford (Feb. 11) and at California (Feb. 13).
The Cougars are now 15-10 on the season and 5-8 in Pacific-10 Conference action, tied with Stanford for eighth.
Prior to this past weekend, the Cougars had split all five of the previous Pac-10 weekend series this season.
WSU is 9-3 at home and 3-3 at home in conference action...the Cougs are 3-0 in neutral site games.
Sophomore Klay Thompson leads the team and ranks second in the conference with 21.4 points per game...he's scored double figures in 22 of the Cougs' 25 games this season and reached 20-plus points in 15 of the 25 contests.
Freshman point guard Reggie Moore leads the team with 4.2 assists a game, adding a team second-best 13.6 points an outing.
Sophomore DeAngelo Casto leads the Cougs on the boards with 7.1 rebounds a game, adding 10.2 points per game.
The Cougars' lone senior, Nikola Koprivica, is chipping in 9.0 points per game and is second in the Pac-10 in 3-point field goal percentage at .442 (34-for-77).
ABOUT THE UCLA BRUINS:
Under seventh-year head coach Ben Howland, UCLA is 11-13 overall and holds an 6-6 Pac-10 mark.
The Bruins sit alone in sixth place in the league, just out of a three-way tie for third.
UCLA has lost its last two games and three of its last five contests after falling at USC, 68-64, Sunday evening.
The Bruins are 2-4 on the road and 2-3 in away conference games.
Senior Michael Roll leads UCLA with 13.9 points per game while shooting .469 from the field and .442 from beyond the 3-point arc.
Sophomore Malcom Lee is adding 12.3 points and 4.5 rebounds a game.
Freshman Tyler Honeycutt leads the Bruins on the boards with 6.3 boards a game in 18 games this season.
AGAINST THE BRUINS:
The Cougars trail the all-time series 14-96 and 11-43 at home...WSU has not defeated UCLA at Friel Court since Feb. 6, 1993.
UCLA defeated WSU 74-62 in the first meeting this season, Jan. 23 at Pauley Pavilion.
Reggie Moore led WSU with 24 points...scored 20 or more points for the fourth time in the last six games.
At that point, Moore led the team in scoring in five of the last seven games.
For the first time this season, Moore did not attempts a free throw.
Klay Thompson moved into sole possession of 15th place in the WSU record books for career 3-pointers with two on theday...he now has 115.
Nikola Koprivica finished with 11 points and has scored in double figures in the last four games for the Cougs.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE COUGS:
The Cougars once again let a double-figure lead slip away as they fell at California Saturday.
Klay Thompson scored a game-high 28 points...ties for second most in a Pac-10 game for his career, tied for the most in a regulation Pac-10 game...scored 33 in double-overtime against Oregon (Dec. 31).
WSU tied the school record with 12 blocks...also blocked 12 shots against Stanford Feb. 8, 2007.
WSU's nine first-half blocks mark its most in a first period this season...previous high was four done three times.
Thompson's five 3-pointers are tied for his second-most of the season and the most hitting eight against San Diego (Nov. 28).
Thompson's 23 first-half points mark his most in a first half for his career...his previous high was 22 in the first half against IPFW (Nov. 19)...his five 3-pointers are his most in a first half over his career.
The Cougars have lost four-straight to the Golden Bears...drop to 45-71 in the all-time series.
The Cougars' 45 first-half points are their second-most first half points this season...high is 46 scored against Stanford (Jan. 16)...their .654 first-half field goal percentage (17-for-26) ties for the best first-half field goal percentage (vs. Portland State, Dec. 19).
Marcus Capers had a season-high five assists...one shy of his career high of six...blocked a career high four shots.
DeAngelo Casto tied his career high with five blocked shots...added 13 points.
With nine points, Reggie Moore moved into a tie for fourth on the WSU freshman record list for points...he now has 339.
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 13.6 points per game.
Not only is he second in scoring, but he leads the team in assists with 4.2 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.
KOPRIVICA AMONG WINNINGEST COUGARS:
Senior Nikola Koprivica has been a part of WSU men's basketball teams that have combined for 84 wins (2007-present).
With 84 wins to his name, Koprivica ranks for 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. Nikola Koprivica (2007-10), 84
3. Ed Gayda (1947-50), 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 third most overall and conference wins among Pac-10 schools.
WSU is 84-44 (.656) overall and 37-30 in conference play over the last three years and this season.
UCLA has the best four-year record at 103-32 (.763) overall and 51-16 in league play.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES:
Twenty three games into this season, sophomore Klay Thompson has already matched his point total from the 33 games of his freshman season.
Thompson scored 414 as a freshman, averaging 12.5 points a game...he currently has 534 points this season, averaging 21.4.
He's shot nearly five times more free throws this year than the entire last season...he's shot 153 as a sophomore, compared to just 31 as a freshman.
Senior Nikola Koprivica's stats have gone up this season as well, as his 224 points are 33 points shy of his total from his freshman, sophomore and junior season combined (257).
With 34 trey's on the season, he surpassed his total number of 3-pointers made from his first three seasons (26).
THOMPSON APPROACHING 1,000:
Sophomore Klay Thompson currently has 948 points and is just 52 points away from becoming the 31st Cougar to reach 1,000 career points.
If Thompson can keep up his 21.4 points per game average or his 18.0 points per game Pac-10 average, he will reach 1,000 points Feb. 27 at Washington...that would be his 61st career game.
Either way, Thompson would become the third-fastest Coug to 1,000 points behind Steve Puidokas (52 games) and Jim McKean (57 games)...Larry Beck is currently third as he did it in 66 games.
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.
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 15 of WSU's 25 games.
He's also reached double figures in 29 of WSU's 50 halves this season and in 22 of the team's 25 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.
COUGARS DOMINATE SHOOTOUT:
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.