Nov. 12, 2010
COUGARS HOST SOUTHERN IN SEASON OPENER: The Washington State University men's basketball team gets the 2010-11 season underway as it hosts Southern out of Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum's Friel Court. This marks the third-straight year the Cougars will open up the season with an opponent out of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, after hosting Mississippi Valley State each of the last two seasons.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
All five starters return for the Cougars in 2010-11, including the backcourt trio of sophomore point guard Reggie Moore and juniors Marcus Capers and Klay Thompson...In the front court juniors Abe Lodwick and DeAngelo Casto each make their return.
WSU returns nine letterwinners from last season's squad that went 16-15 while finishing 10th in the Pac-10.
Without a senior on the team, the Cougar roster includes nine juniors, three sophomores and four freshmen, among them are seven newcomers.
Head coach Ken Bone is in his second season with Washington State.
ABOUT THE JAGUARS:
Located in Baton Rouge, La., Southern is a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
SU is coached by Rob Spivery, in his seventh year.
The Jaguars open the season at Gonzaga the night before coming to Pullman.
Last season Southern finished 5-25 overall and 3-15 in conference action.
Washington State and Southern have met just once, an 80-77 WSU victory, Dec. 4, 1999...that year the Cougars faced a second SWAC opponent, Grambling State, in its second game of the season.
The Cougars are 13-0 all-time against the SWAC, holding their best record, 3-0, against Mississippi Valley State.
COUGARS IN SEASON OPENERS:
The Cougars are 89-20 all-time in season openers and have won their last seven.
They have won 22-consecutive Friel Court openers with their last loss coming to BYU by a score of 60-53, Dec. 3, 1987.
WSU is 2-0 against members of the SWAC in season openers after defeating Mississippi Valley State each of the last two seasons.
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
WSU is 37-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court.
The Cougars have won 34-straight November games in Pullman and are 39-1 (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.
TRUE FRESHMEN PUT TO THE TEST:
Over the past two seasons freshmen have made their marks on the WSU freshmen record books.
Last season Reggie Moore became the second true freshman to start a WSU season opener in as many years.
Klay Thompson became the first true freshman to start a WSU season opener since Kyle Weaver, Nov. 19, 2004 against Montana State, when he got the starting nod against Mississippi Valley State in the 2008-09 season.
Thompson also became the first WSU freshman to start a game since Nikola Koprivica started against San Diego State, Dec. 21, 2006.
Each of the last two seasons, six freshmen made their debuts in the season opener (2009: Reggie Moore, Xavier Thames, Brock Motum, Anthony Brown, Steven Bjornstad, John Allen-RS; 2008: DeAngelo Casto, Marcus Capers and Nick Witherill and Klay Thompson, while Charlie Enquist and Abe Lodwick played as redshirt freshmen).
The most points scored by a freshman in his debut is 19 put up by Aron Baynes, Nov. 19, 2005 against UC Riverside.
Four current Cougars got a starting nod as freshmen (Marcus Capers, DeAngelo Casto, Reggie Moore and Klay Thompson).
YOUNG BUT EXPERIENCED:
Although there are no seniors on this year's Cougar squad, there is still a wealth of experience amongst the team.
This year's team has a total of 333 games played between them, including 184 starts.
The projected season opener starting lineup has a total of 271 games played among them, including 183 starts.
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
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 fourth most conference wins among Pac-10 schools.
WSU is 85-49 (.634) overall and 38-34 in conference play over the last three years and this season.
UCLA has the best four-year record at 106-37 (.741) overall and 53-20 in league play.
WSU DEFEATS LCSC IN EXHIBTION ACTION:
Led by 22 points from junior college transfer Faisal Aden, Washington State defeated Lewis-Clark State, 89-49, Friday, Nov. 5.
Klay Thompson added 21 points on 8-for-12 shooting from the field...he added seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
DeAngelo Casto added 18 points on 7-for-8 shooting.
Although he didn't score, sophomore point guard Reggie Moore had a game-high seven assists and three steals with no turnovers.
All 14 Cougs suited up saw action in the game, including six newcomers.
THOMPSON BECOMES THIRD FASTEST TO 1,000 AS A SOPHOMORE:
With 22 points at Oregon, sophomore Klay Thompson surpassed the 1,000-point for his career...he finished the season with 1,023 points.
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.
He currently ranks 29th in the WSU career record books for scoring.
If Thompson averages 19.6 points again this season, he will finish his junior year with at least 1,632 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.
THREE COUGS EARN PAC-10 HONORS IN 2009-10:
For the second-straight season, three Cougars earned Pacific-10 Conference Honors in 2009-10.
Sophomore Klay Thompson was named to the All-Pac-10 First Team.
Thompson was one of three underclassmen to be named to the first team.
Sophomore DeAngelo Casto was named All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention and to the all-defensive team.
Casto also becomes the 10th WSU player to be named All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention.
Reggie Moore earned Pac-10 All-Freshman Team accolades.