Nov. 9, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. - Klay Thompson scored 19 points to lead Washington State University to a 73-51 win against Lewis-Clark State College in an exhibition game Monday at Friel Court.
Thompson was 6-of-9 from the field, including 4-for-4 from behind the arc. The sophomore from Ladera Ranch, Calif. also added two rebounds, two assists and a steal in his team-high 27 minutes of action.
"It felt good to get out there and be in like a real game atmosphere because we've been working all fall to be in a situation like this." Thompson said. "Now we know how to play as a team and we've got a lot of young guys, so it was good for them to get an exhibition game in. We played against a pretty good team, so it was fun just to compete."
Two classmates joined Thompson in double-figure scoring. DeAngelo Casto and Michael Harthun scored 14 and 10, respectively. Casto also pulled in 11 rebounds to register a double-double. Harthun was 5-of-6 from the floor in 22 minutes.
"I'm glad and proud of the guys that they went out and competed and came out ahead," WSU head coach Ken Bone said. "I felt like some guys just did a really good job for the minutes they were out there. I think it's good for them to gain some confidence by getting out there in front of the crowd and getting some minutes under their belts."
Daniel Williams lead the Warriors with 15 points, while Tanner MacIntosh came one rebound and one point shy of a double-double with nine of each in 28 minutes of action.
The Cougars jumped out to a 13-0 lead less than five minutes into the game and never looked back. LCSC got on the board with a pair of free throws at the 14:07 mark, and WSU held the Warriors without a field goal for the first 6:46.
LCSC closed the gap to nine with six minutes left in the first half before freshman Reggie Moore asserted himself for the Cougars. Moore finished a layup in the lane then followed it up with a steal and found fellow freshman Xavier Thames for a transition basket on the other end. A corner 3-pointer from Thompson with five seconds left in the half sent the Cougars into the break with a 42-24 advantage.
WSU kept the pressure on in the second half, holding the Warriors scoreless for stretches of at least a minute and a half on seven different occasions. The Cougars also protected the ball after intermission, committing just four turnovers in the second period,
Sophomore Marcus Capers grabbed eight rebounds and had two steals despite playing just 19 foul-plagued minutes. Moore started at point guard for the Cougars and dished out a game-high eight assists. The Seattle native also had three steals and four rebounds.
WSU opens the regular season against Mississippi Valley State at 7 p.m. Friday at Friel Court.
"We've got a bunch to work on still," Thompson said. "We're young, but we've got a lot of talent. I think we've got a good future, we work hard. We've just got to stay focused every practice and every game. We've got a lot of guys who can play, so we're just going to come out and play hard every game, that's all we can do."