Jan. 21, 2011
WSU LOOKS TO MOVE UP IN STANDINGS AGAINST ARIZONA SATURDAY: Washington State men's basketball (14-5, 4-3) has a chance to move into second place in the Pacific-10 Conference standings as it hosts Arizona (15-4, 4-2), which is ranked 25th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, Saturday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. That game can be seen on FSN Northwest.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State has won four of its last five games, most recently defeating Arizona State at home Thursday, 78-61.
WSU is 7-1 at Beasley this year and 3-0 at home in Pac-10 play...the Cougars' lone loss at Beasley this season came at the hands of then-No. 5 Kansas State, Dec. 3.
The Cougars swept their first Pac-10 home series against Oregon State (84-70) and Oregon (77-63) Jan. 6 and Jan. 8.
Klay Thompson leads the Cougars this season with 22.9 points per game, leading the league, while ranking eight in the nation.
Thompson also ranks in the league's top-five in 3-point field goals made, free throw percentage, 3-point field goal percentage, assists and steals.
First year player, junior college transfer, Faisal Aden is second on the team and eighth in the Pac-10 with 14.6 points per game.
DeAngelo Casto is the third Coug in double figures with 10.6 points per game while leading the team with 6.3 rebounds per game (12th in the Pac-10)...he also leads the team and league with 1.6 blocks a game.
Point guard Reggie Moore, who missed the Cougars' first five games with a left wrist injury, and the Stanford game due to a suspension, is adding 8.9 points per game, along with 4.2 assists.
AGAINST THE WILDCATS:
Washington State trails the all-time series to Arizona, 16-51, but has won the last three meetings between the two teams.
Arizona leads the series 24-7 at WSU, including a 3-0 mark at Spokane.
The Cougars have won three of the last four meetings at Beasley Coliseum, including the last two.
Last year WSU swept the season series and capped it off with a 78-60 victory at Pullman Feb. 6.
DeAngelo Casto finished with a career-high 19 points in the victory, leading the Cougars.
Brock Motum scored a then-career-high 10 points in a career high 17 minutes.
WSU snapped a three-game losing streak.
The Cougars' 18-point victory marked their first double-figure victory in Pac-10 play this season.
Four Cougars scored in double figures for the second-consecutive game.
COUGARS AMONG WINNINGEST TEAMS IN PAC-10:
Over the last four seasons (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10) the Cougars have the fourth most overall and fourth most conference wins among Pac-10 schools.
WSU is 99-53 overall and 42-37 in conference play over the last four years and this season.
UCLA has the best four-year record at 118-43 overall and 56-22 in league play.
The Cougars need just two wins to catch up to second-ranked Washington and are tied for third in conference wins with USC and Arizona.
THOMPSON MOVING UP SCORING LIST:
With 22 points at Oregon last season, Klay Thompson surpassed the 1,000-point for his career...he finished the season with 1,023 points.
He now has 1,458 points and currently is tied for fifth on the Cougars' all-time scoring list...his next points will put him past Marcus Moore in sole possession of fifth...he's 38 points from Mark Hendrickson in fourth.
Thompson became the 31st Cougar to reach 1,000 career points and the third-fastest, accomplishing the feat in his 63rd career game.
The only two Cougars to do it faster than Thompson were Steve Puidokas (52 games) and Jim McKean (57 games)...Thompson surpassed Larry Beck who was previously third as he did it in 66 games.
If Thompson continues to average 22.9 points this season, he will finish his junior year with at least 1,715 points, making him the third-leading scorer in Washington State history....Isaac Fontaine holds the school record with 2,003 points, while Steve Puidokas scored 1,894 in his career.
THOMPSON AMONG NATION'S LEADING SCORERS:
With 22.9 points this season Klay Thompson leads the Pac-10 and ranks eighth in the nation in scoring.
Thompson is also 20th in 3-point field goal percentage (.442) and sixth in 3-point field goals per game (3.2).
The other categories Thompson ranks in the top-100 are steals per game at 74th and free-throw percentage at 59th.
DOUBLING UP IN A HALF:
Klay Thompson is dominating not just games, but halves over his career.
In his career Klay Thompson has had 68 halves with at least 10 points, 34 times in the first half and 34 in the second half.
He has scored 15 or more points in 22 halves, 10 in the first and 12 in the second.
Thompson has scored 20-plus points in a half six times, three in the first half, three in the second half.
In 18 games Thompson has scored in double figures in both halves, three as a freshman, eight as a sophomore and eight so far as a junior.
This season Thompson has scored in double figures in 23 halves, six more than his freshman total and five shy of his sophomore total.
Faisal Aden (11 halves), DeAngelo Casto (four halves), Reggie Moore (three halves), Brock Motum (two halves) and Patrick Simon (one half) have each reached double figures in at least one half this season as well.
Moore reached double figures in 16 halves last year as a freshman, one shy of Thompson's freshman mark.
LAST TIME OUT:
DeAngelo Casto scored a career-high 25 points...marks the first time he's scored 20-plus points in his career...he added four blocked shots, tying his season high.
Casto made a career-high 11 field goals on a career-high 18 attempts...his previous highs were eight made and 16 attempted.
Klay Thompson tied his career high with nine assists...one assist and two rebounds away from the second double-double in school history with 22 points and eight rebounds.
Thompson tied his season high with five 3-pointers made.
Washington State shot a season Pac-10 best .517 (30-for-58) from the field and its best since also shooting .517 (28-for-49) against Baylor Dec. 23.
The Cougars out-rebounded their opponent for the first time in three games and the seventh time this season with 41 rebounds to the Sun Devils' 34.
All four of Marcus Capers' field goals came off dunks.
WSU's 17-point victory is its largest margin of victory since defeating Mississippi State by 26 points Dec. 22.
Faisal Aden didn't play due to a sore left knee.
KLAY A CANDIDATE FOR SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR:
Klay Thompson is one of five candidates for the 2010 Male Sports Star of the Year presented by ROOT SPORTS, the Seattle Sports Commission announced.
The Male Sports Star of the Year is awarded to a male athlete or coach for outstanding achievement in 2010 in a non-professional sport. Also nominated for the award are University of Washington student-athletes Quincy Pondexter (basketball) and Mason Foster (football), and Olympic speed skaters Apolo Ono and J.R. Celski.
The winner will be announced Wednesday, Jan. 26 at the 76th Annual Sports Star of the Year presented by ROOT SPORTS in conjunction with the Seattle Sports Commission at Seattle's Benaroya Hall.
THOMPSON FEASTS ON COMPETITION:
For the second year in a row, Klay Thompson captured Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for the week of the Thanksgiving holiday...this year the week was Nov. 22-28.
For the week, he averaged 28.5 points, while shooting 21-of-33 (.636) from the field, 5-of-10 (.500) from three-point range, and 10-of-12 (.833) from the free throw line...he also averaged 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the two contests.
This is the third honor for Thompson who becomes the first Cougar to earn a Player of the Week honor three times in his career...last year he became the first Cougar to earn the honors in back-to-back weeks as he was Pac-10 Player of the Week Nov. 23 and Nov. 30.
Four WSU student-athletes have earned the honor twice in their careers.
THOMPSON NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK AGAIN:
For the second time this season and the fourth in his career, Klay Thompson has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 6-12.
The junior guard helped lead the Cougars to wins over Gonzaga and Texas-Pan American last week.
For the week, he averaged 19.5 points, 5.0 assists, 3.5 steals and 3.0 rebounds.
THOMPSON NAMED WOODEN MIDSEASON CANDIDATE:
Klay Thompson is one of 30 midseason candidates for the 2010-11 John R. Wooden Award, The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Jan. 6.
Earlier this season, Thompson became the first Cougar to make the preseason list since Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver were both named to the preseason top-50 prior to the 2007-08 season.
He is the first to move on to the midseason top-30 since Low went on to make the midseason cut that year.
This season's midseason list contains student-athletes from nine different conferences, including three from the Pacific-10 Conference.
Thompson is joined by Isaiah Thomas (Washington) and Derrick Williams (Arizona).
THOMPSON, ADEN EXCEL IN FIRST FIVE GAMES:
Through the first five games of the season Klay Thompson and Faisal Aden held the third and fifth-best scoring out puts by a Cougar in his first five games of the season since the 3-point line in 1986-87.
Thompson also holds the second spot after scoring 127 in the first five games of his sophomore season.
Aden has the second-most points by a Cougar in his first five games of his career, second to Neil Derrick who scored 111 in his first five games after transferring prior to his junior year.
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
With its win Nov. 30, WSU finished the month 40-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court.
The Cougars have won 40-straight November games in Pullman and are 42-1 (the loss came before the Cougars moved into Beasley Coliseum).
WSU's only loss in Pullman in November came against Colorado State, Nov., 30, 1962, by a score of 77-47.
COUGARS GET EARLY RUN ON HORNETS:
The Cougars opened the game with a 27-0 run as they defeated Sacramento State, 84-36 Tuesday, Nov. 30 at Beasley Coliseum.
WSU held Sacramento State to .319 (15-for-47) shooting from the field and .067 (1-for-15) from beyond the 3-point arc.
WSU's 48-point margin of victory ties for third most since 1945...the largest was 54 points against Delaware in 1989.
Sacramento State's 15 first-half points are tied for 15th fewest points in a half (first or second half) since the 1968-69 season (when WSU joined the Pac-8).
COUGARS PICKED TO FINISH FIFTH:
WSU was chosen to finish fifth in the Pacific-10 Conference in 2010-11, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 basketball.
2010-11 Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Poll
1. Washington (33) 348
2. Arizona (1) 296
3. UCLA (1) 281
4. Arizona State 215
5. Washington State 191
6. USC 178
7. California 151
8. Oregon State 120
9. Stanford 98
10. Oregon 47
First place votes in parentheses