Nov. 21, 2008
PULLMAN, Wash. - Senior Taylor Rochestie and freshman Klay Thompson combined for 10 3-pointers and shared game-high honors with 17 points apiece as the Washington State University men's basketball team defeated Sacramento State, 76-55, Friday at Friel Court.
The Cougars (3-0) shot 50 percent from beyond the 3-point arc, going 15-for-29 from downtown. The Hornets (0-3) had a solid shooting night, shooting 46.8 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from 3-point range. WSU's 15 made 3-pointers are the most since tying a school record with 18 at home against Gonzaga Dec. 7, 2002.
"We certainly have stuff to work on," WSU Head Coach Tony Bennett said. "I've said that after every game, but it certainly stuck out in my opinion. Fortunately we moved the ball well and got nice shots and guys shot lights out, but you can't always count on that. That's why you've always got to be rock solid and crash the glass."
Rochestie, playing in his 100th collegiate game, notched his first double-double of his Cougar career, adding 10 assists, to just one turnover. He now has 23 assists in three games this season. Rochestie shot 60 percent from the field and went 5-for-6 from beyond the 3-point arc.
"I think these guys made me look real good, as far as assists are concerned," Rochestie said. "We had a hot night shooting and I liked to pass up some shots that were more contested for these guys to shoot it because they were just stroking, Daven and Klay and Baynes, just kind of everybody. It was just our night shooting, so we made it look easy."
Thompson finished 5-for-9 from 3-point and added a game-high six boards, four assists and two steals, while senior Daven Harmeling hit three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points. Senior center Aron Baynes went 5-for-7 from the field and finished with 13 points while tying Thompson with six rebounds.
Mike Edwards was the lone Hornet in double figures with 10 points. Justin Eller, Loren Leath and Antonio Flaggs added nine points apiece.
Six freshmen saw the court for WSU, including Mike Harthun, who scored two points in his first career appearance.
The Cougars jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead, but the Hornets clawed back, tying the game at 12 points apiece. WSU trailed for the first time this season when Sacramento State took a 13-12 lead with 12:23 left in the first half.
With the game tied at 18 with 8:14 to go in the half, Rochestie hit a 3-pointer for a 21-18 lead. After a free throw by DeAngelo Casto, Rochestie flew out of bounds for a save, which sparked the Cougs as they went on a 14-2 run to take a 32-20 lead with four and a half minutes to go in the period.
Harmeling scored seven and Rochestie put in eight in the second half as the Cougars held on for the 21-point win.
The Cougars conclude their four-game homestand as they host Canisius, Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. at Friel Court.