Cougars Look to Bounce Back Against Beavers
Jan. 1, 2010
COUGARS RING IN NEW YEAR HOSTING BEAVERS: Washington State (10-3, 0-1) looks to bounce back after falling in its Pac-10 opener Thursday as it hosts Oregon State (6-6, 0-1), Saturday, Jan. 2 at 4:30 p.m. at Pullman's Friel Court.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State fell to Oregon, 91-89 in double overtime, Thursday at Friel Court, snapping its four-game winning streak.
The Cougars are 10-3 overall and 0-1 in conference action.
Sophomore Klay Thompson leads the team and the conference with 25.6 points per game, adding 5.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists a game....he's scored in double figures in all 13 games this season and reached 20-plus points in 11 of the 13 contests.
Freshman point guard Reggie Moore leads the team with 4.9 assists a game, along with a team second-best 12.4 points an outing.
Sophomore DeAngelo Casto leads the Cougs on the boards with 7.6 rebounds a game, adding 11.1 points per game.
ABOUT THE BEAVERS:
Oregon State is 6-6 on the season and 0-1 in Pac-10 play after falling at Washington, 76-70, Thursday.
The Beavers are 1-4 on the road, not including a 1-1 neutral-site record.
Senior Seth Tarver leads the team with 12.9 points, adding 5.2 rebounds a game.
Calvin Haynes, who has come off the bench in five of the team's 12 games, is adding 11.6 per 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.
FOLLOWING A PAC-10 OPENING LOSS:
The Cougars fell to 11-21 all-time in Pacific-10 Conference openers (beginning in the 1978-79 season) with Thursday's loss.
This season marks the first year WSU opened up Pac-10 Conference play with either of the Oregon schools.
The Cougs have won three of their last games following a loss in the Pac-10 opener (2006-07, 2005-06, 2003-04).
Prior to 2003-04, WSU had lost all 15 of its Pac-10 games following a loss in the conference opener.
AGAINST THE BEAVERS:
OSU holds a 161-117 advantage over WSU in the all-time series, as WSU has won five of the last six meetings, having its five-game winning streak snapped last season.
In the first meeting last year, WSU used overtime to defeat OSU, 61-57...Aron Baynes recorded his first double-double of the season and the fourth of his career.
The Cougars let a 12-point halftime lead slip away as they fell to Oregon State, 54-52, Feb. 14 at Pullman...Klay Thompson scored 20-plus points for the second-consecutive game.
Oregon State and Washington State have met at least once every year since 1909, marking the ninth longest continuous rivalry in the country.
Columbia holds the two longest continuous rivalries with both Yale and Princeton, having met each of those schools every year since 1902.
The two teams also met in 1907, but did not face each other in 1908.
WSU also holds the sixth longest continuous series in the country, having met Idaho every year since 1906.
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 12.4 points per game.
Not only is he second in scoring, but he leads the team in assists with 4.9 dishes per game.
At Kansas State, Dec. 5, Moore set a WSU freshman record with 12 free throws made....he is currently ranked 18th in the country with 58 made free throws this season.
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 fourth in scoring average, right behind Klay Thompson.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE COUGS:
In a heartbreaking game, the Cougars fell to the Ducks of Oregon, 91-89 in double-overtime, Thursday at Friel Court.
Klay Thompson led the team with 33 points, reaching 20 points for the 11th time in the Cougars' 13 games this season...he reached 30-plus points for the third time this season.
Thompson got fouled on three 3-point attempts, compiling nine of his 15 free throw attempts...finished 19-for-21 from the free throw line...his 19 free throws are a career high, as are his 21 free throw attempts.
DeAngelo Casto finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds, recording his fourth double-double of the season and his career.
WSU played its second-consecutive overtime game...first back-to-back overtime games since 1981-82...WSU defeated No. 16 UCLA in three overtimes (Jan. 2, 1982) and fell to USC in one overtime (Jan. 4, 1982).
The Cougars' overtime loss marked its first in OT since Feb. 2, 2008 to Stanford at home (had won four-straight in OT).
The game was WSU's first double overtime game since March 8, 2008.
WSU didn't lead in the game until 4:45 to go in the first overtime.
The Ducks snapped a six-game losing streak to the Cougars.
WSU fell to 11-21 in Pac-10 openers.
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 13 games.
He's also reached double figures in 20 of WSU's 26 halves this season and in all 13 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 Thursday, Dec. 31, Klay Thompson ranked second in the nation with 25.6 points per game.
He is tied for the nation's lead with 333 total points.
Following Thursday's game, Thompson jumped from 17th in the country to tied for fourth in made free throws...he's made 88-of-108 from the charity stripe this season. 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 79-36 (.687) overall and 32-23 in conference play over the last three years and this season.
UCLA has the best three-year record at 97-26 (.789) overall and 44-10 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.