Cougars Face Beavers and Ducks in Final Regular Season Pac-10 Series
March 2, 2010
COUGARS CONCLUDE PAC-10 SEASON AT OREGON SCHOOLS: Washington State University men's basketball (16-12, 6-10) takes the road for it's final regular-season road trip as it takes on Oregon State ( 13-15, 7-9), Thursday, March 4 and Oregon (14-14, 6-10), Saturday, March 6. Thursday's game is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen via webcast at osubeavers.com, while Saturday's game is slated for a 5 p.m. tip and will be shown live on the Oregon Sports Network.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Despite a strong second-half comeback, WSU fell to Washington, 59-52, Saturday in its regular-season home finale at Friel Court.
The Cougars are now 16-12 on the season and 6-10 in Pacific-10 Conference action, sitting tied with Oregon for ninth place in the league.
WSU has lost seven of its last nine games and its last four road games.
WSU is 3-7 on the road and 2-5 on the road in conference action...the Cougs are 3-0 in neutral site games.
Sophomore Klay Thompson leads the team and ranks third in the conference with 19.8 points per game...he's scored double figures in 22 of the Cougs' 28 games this season and reached 20-plus points in 15 of the 28 contests.
Freshman point guard Reggie Moore leads the team with 4.0 assists a game, adding a team second-best 13.2 points an outing.
Sophomore DeAngelo Casto leads the Cougs on the boards with 6.9 rebounds a game, adding 10.6 points per game.
The Cougars' lone senior, Nikola Koprivica, is chipping in 8.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.
ABOUT THE OREGON STATE BEAVERS:
Under second-year head coach Craig Robinson, the Beavers are 13-15 overall and 7-9 in Pac-10 play.
Oregon State is currently seventh in the league, just ahead of 7-10 Stanford in eighth.
The Beavers split their road series in Los Angeles last weekend with a 65-56 loss at UCLA Thursday and a 49-44 victory over USC Saturday.
Oregon State is 8-5 at home this season and 4-3 at home in league action...it has won three of its last five home games.
Junior guard Calvin Haynes leads the Beavers with 13.1 points per game...he has made a team-best 47 3-pointers this season.
Senior guard Seth Tarver is adding 10.7 points and 4.7 rebounds an outing...he is shooting .495 from the field.
Senior center Roeland Schaftenaar is chipping in 8.6 points and 3.9 boards per game.
AGAINST THE BEAVERS:
The Cougars trail the all-time series 161-118...OSU holds a 99-37 advantage in Corvallis in the series.
Washington State has won the last three road games in the series, as Oregon State's last win at Gill Coliseum over the Cougs came Feb. 16, 2006.
In the first meeting this season, WSU held on for a 65-60 victory over OSU, Jan. 2.
Reggie Moore led WSU with a then-career high 19 points...he added three steals.
Marcus Capers added his lone career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in a team-most 35 minutes.
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...marked the 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 tied for the lowest by a Cougar opponent this season at that point.
WSU scored a then-season-low 65 points.
First year WSU head coach Ken Bone got his first Pac-10 win as the Cougar coach.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE COUGS:
WSU battled back from a 14-point halftime deficit and took a late second-half lead, but couldn't hold on as it fell to Washington, 59-52, Saturday, in the Cougs' regular season home finale.
DeAngelo Casto led WSU and tied his career high with 19 points...he also had 19 points against Arizona (Feb. 6)...he attempted a career-high 16 field goals.
Casto finished with one blocked shot and has blocked at least one shot in 28 of WSU's 29 games this season....has 99 career blocks.
Marcus Capers recorded a career-high five steals.
Senior Nikola Koprivica had six points and a team-high eight rebounds in his final regular season home game as a Cougar.
The Cougars shot a season-low .295 (18-for-61) from the field...previous low was .298 (17-for-57).
Washington State's 21 first-half points mark its fewest in the first period this season...previous low was 23 in its last game, against USC (Feb. 20).
WSU's .182 (6-for-33) field goal percentage in the first half marked its lowest in a half this season.
The Pac-10's second (Quincy Pondexter) and third (Klay Thompson) leading scorers scored seven and five points, respectively...coming in averaged 20.3 and 20.1 points per game, respectively.
The Cougars held the Huskies to a second-fewest 59 points this season...the Cougars' 52 points are their fourth fewest this season.
A GLANCE AT THE PAC-10 TOURNAMENT:
There's still nine games left to be played in regular season Pac-10 action and a lot can happen before the league tournament begins Wednesday, March 10.
Heading into this weekend, the Cougars can capture anywhere from the fifth to ninth seed in the Pac-10 Tournament.
If WSU sweeps this weekend it can be as high as the fifth seed and as low as the seventh seed, avoiding the first-day game between the eighth and ninth seeds.
If the Cougs split, they can end up anywhere between the seventh and ninth seeds.
If WSU is swept this weekend, it will end up with the ninth seed.
KOPRIVICA AMONG WINNINGEST COUGARS:
Senior Nikola Koprivica has been a part of WSU men's basketball teams that have combined for 85 wins (2007-present).
With 85 wins to his name, Koprivica ranks second for 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), 85
3. Ed Gayda (1947-50), 82
4. Daven Harmeling (2005, 2007-09), 81
5. Aaron Baynes (2006-09), 80
Caleb Forrest (2006-09), 80
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 13.2 points per game.
Not only is he second in scoring, but he leads the team in assists with 4.0 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 one steal away from the WSU freshman record for assists which is 114 set by Bennie Seltzer in 1990.
If the season ended today, Moore finish second in the WSU record books for assists average and scoring average.
Moore has already crushed the WSU freshman record for free throws made with 139 this season...the previous record was 92 set by Marcus Moore in 2001.
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 third most conference wins among Pac-10 schools.
WSU is 85-46 (.649) overall and 38-32 in conference play over the last three years and this season.
UCLA has the best four-year record at 105-34 (.755) overall and 53-18 in league play.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES:
Twenty-eight games into this season, sophomore Klay Thompson has already surpassed 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 549 points this season, averaging 19.6.
He's shot five times more free throws this year than the entire last season...he's shot 160 as a sophomore, compared to just 31 as a freshman.
Senior Nikola Koprivica's stats have gone up this season as well, as his 244 points are 13 points shy of his total from his freshman, sophomore and junior season combined (257).
With 37 treys 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 career 963 points and is just 37 points away from becoming the 31st Cougar to reach 1,000 career points.
If Thompson can keep up his 19.6 points per game average, he will reach 1,000 points March 6 at Oregon...that would be his 63rd career game.
If he keeps up his 15.6 points per game Pac-10 average, he will reach 1,000 career points in WSU's first game of the Pac-10 Tournament, his 64th 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.
CASTO'S BLOCK PARTY:
With 60 blocked shots as a sophomore and 39 during his rookie campaign, DeAngelo Casto has 99 career blocks.
His 99 blocks rank sixth in the WSU career record books.
His 60 blocked shots this season are a sophomore record and rank him fourth in the Cougar single-season record books...the most blocks since Stuart House swatted 69 shots in 1979-80.
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 28 games.
He's also reached double figures in 29 of WSU's 56 halves this season and in 22 of the team's 28 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.