Feb. 10, 2009
WSU RETURNS TO FRIEL COURT: The Washington State University men's basketball team (12-11, 4-7) returns home to host Oregon (6-17, 0-11), Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at Friel Court. The Cougars will host Oregon State(10-12, 4-7), Saturday, Feb. 14 at 4 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE COUGS:
WSU fell at California, 71-63, Saturday, Feb. 7.
Taylor Rochestie led the Cougars with 19 points playing his seventh complete game of the season and third in four games.
Nikola Koprivica recorded a career-high five assists with no turnovers in 29 minutes of action.
The Cougars made seven of their first nine shot attempts...California started 3-for-8.
Neither team attempted a free throw in the first half...the first time by both WSU and its opponent this season...first free throw of the game taken by California at the 18:17 mark in the second half.
Four Cougars reached double figures for the first time in Pac-10 play this season...the first since Dec. 13 against Montana State.
A BRIEF LOOK AT THE LAST MEETING:
The Cougars defeated Oregon, 74-62, Jan. 17 in Eugene.
The Cougars went perfect from the free throw line (28-for-28) for the first time since Feb. 1, 2007 (9-for-9)...best free throw performance by the Cougars in school history...previous best was 19-for-19 from the free throw line March 1, 1968 against Oregon...Pacific-10 Conference record, previous best was 22-for-22 (USC vs. Oregon, March 8, 2002)...best performance in NCAA this season.
Marcus Capers got the first start of his career...played a career-high 31 minutes...previous high was 26 minutes against Mississippi Valley State (Nov. 15). The Cougars used their fifth starting lineup of the season.
Taylor Rochestie scored in double figures for the ninth-straight game...hit the 20-point plateau for the second time in a week (21 against Stanford-Jan. 10)...scored a career-high 30 points...previous high was 24 points last year against Oregon State...first Cougar with 30 points since Derrick Low scored 37 Jan. 27, 2007 vs. Oregon.
Rochestie set a career high with 16 free throws made...went 16-for-16 from free throw line...previous high was nine...Ties school record...Marcus Moore also went 16-for-16 Jan. 12, 2002, against Arizona State.
Aron Baynes recorded his second-consecutive double-double, the second of the season and the fifth of his career (19 points and 12 rebounds).
Baynes hit his first career 3-pointer...1-for-3 in his career.
WSU held Oregon to tie its season-low first-half point total with 17.
THOMPSON SETS FRESHMAN RECORD:
At Arizona State Thursday, Jan. 29, Klay Thompson set a WSU Freshman Record, tied another and recorded three other top-five freshman performances.
Thompson's eight 3-pointers marked a WSU freshman single-game record....the previous record was seven set by Bennie Seltzer against Texas Southern, Dec. 9, 1989.
His 10 made field goals tied the freshman record accomplished by Steve Puidokas twice during the 1973-74 season and once by Mark Hendrickson during the 1992-93 campaign.
Thompson's 28 points are tied for the third most by a WSU freshman in a single game and are the most by a Cougar freshman in a Pac-10 game. Isaac Fontaine holds the record with 33 against Michigan State, Nov. 27, 1993.
Thompson also recorded top five marks for single-game field goal attempts (17, tied for fifth) and 3-point field goal attempts (10, tied for fifth).
MORE ON THOMPSON'S 3-POINT PERFORMANCE:
Thompson's eight 3-pointers falls one shy of the WSU record of nine reached three times, last by Derrick Low against Oregon, Jan. 27, 2007.
His eight 3-pointers are also the most by an Arizona State opponent since Jeff Lauritzen of Indiana State also had eight on Dec. 1, 1988.
Thompson's eight 3-pointers are the most made by a Cougar this season...previous high was five accomplished twice, once by Thompson and once by Taylor Rochestie.
Thompson started the game going 7-for-7 from beyond the 3-point arc.
MIXING IT UP:
The Cougars have used six different starting lineups this season.
Last year head coach Tony Bennett used just three different starting lineups, including an all-senior lineup on `Senior Day'.
Here is a list at the different starting lineups.
Rochestie Thompson Koprivica Harmeling Baynes (11)
Rochestie Thompson Harmeling Forrest Baynes (4)
Rochestie Thompson Koprivica Forrest Baynes (3)
Rochestie Thompson Koprivica Casto Baynes (1)
Rochestie Thompson Capers Forrest Baynes (3)
Rochestie Thompson Harmeling Casto Baynes (1)
Three different true freshmen have started for the Cougars (Thompson-23, Capers-3, Casto-2).
WSU FRESHMEN AMONG TOPS IN PAC-10:
DeAngelo Casto leads all Pac-10 freshmen in blocks per game with 1.2 and is third overall in the category.
Klay Thompson is third among Pac-10 freshmen in scoring with 12.5 points per game and ranked 20th overall.
Thompson is leading all freshmen in the conference with 33.2 minutes played per game.
He is the only freshman ranked in 3-point field goal percentage at seventh with a .417 clip.
He is also leading the Pac-10 freshman in 3-point field goals made with 2.0 per game, ranking fifth in the conference.
COUG VETS IN RANKINGS TOO:
Seniors Aron Baynes and Taylor Rochestie also rank in the tops of the Pac-10 in 10 different categories. Below is a look at where they rank.
Field Goal Percentage - 2nd (.593, 108-for-182)
Defensive Rebounding - 4th (5.4 drpg)
Blocked Shots - 5th (1.1 bpg)
Rebounding - 5th (7.5 rpg)
Offensive Rebounding - 10th (2.1 orpg)
Minutes Played - 2nd (36.8 mpg)
Free Throw Percentage - 3rd (.896, 60-for-67)
Assist/Turnover Ratio - 3rd (2.0 a/t ratio)
Assists - 6th (4.7 apg)
Scoring - 17th (12.6 ppg)
FRESHMEN MARKING UP RECORD BOOKS:
Freshman DeAngelo Casto has swatted his way onto the WSU freshman class blocks list.
Fellow true freshman Klay Thompson is on his way to leaving his mark on a number of categories on the freshman class list.
Thompson is on the lists for scoring, 3-point shooting, blocks field goals and rebounding.
A complete list can be found on page five.
ROCHESTIE HEATS UP FOR PAC-10 PLAY:
Taylor Rochestie has scored 170 points in WSU's 11 Pac-10 games this season, averaging 15.5 points per game.
He has led the Cougars in scoring in six of their 11 conference games.
Rochestie scored 120 points in the Cougars first 12 games, averaging 10.0 points per game during nonconference play.
BAYNES EYEING 1,000 POINTS:
Senior center Aron Baynes is looking to become the 30th player in Washington State history to score 1,000 points in his WSU career.
Now with 930 career points, Baynes needs a total of 70 more points this season to reach the milestone.
The Australian-native tallied 365 last season averaging 10.4 per game.
WSU CLAMPS DOWN ON LEADING SCORERS:
The Cougars have held 16 of their 23 opponents' leading scorers below their average points per game.
Thursday, Jan. 22 WSU held UCLA's Darren Collison to eight points...he was averaging 14.9 per game on the season.
WSU has held eight of its opponents' leading scorers to single-digit figures, including two in Pac-10 play (Collison and Cal's Jerome Randle-eight).
The Cougars' opponents' leading scorers are scoring about 28 percent less than their average points per game coming into the game.
A complete chart of each team's leading scorer and point information is on page five of today's notes.
ROCHESTIE SCORES 1,000TH CAREER POINTS:
Redshirt senior Taylor Rochestie scored the 1,000th points of his career, Thursday, Jan. 15 at Oregon State.
His first bucket of the game at the 12:22 mark in the first half put him at 1,001 career points.
Between his freshman season at Tulane University and the last two years at WSU, Rochestie has amassed 1,117 points.
After a junior season in which he tied Baynes for third on the team in scoring with 365 points, Rochestie will need 477 total points this season to get to 1,000 as a Cougar.
Rochestie has 813 points as a Cougar after scoring 304 at Tulane.
COUGARS SET FREE THROW RECORDS:
With a 28-for-28 performance from the free throw line Saturday, Jan. 17 at Oregon, WSU set a Pac-10 record for free throw percentage.
The previous record held by USC was set against Oregon, March 8, 2002.
The NCAA record is 34-for-34 set in 1981 by UC Irvine and in 1990 by Samford.
The Cougars broke the school record, bettering the 19-for-19 performance from the free throw line March 1, 1968 against Oregon.
WSU's 28-for-28 performance is the best in NCAA Division I this season, bettering Mississippi's 22-for-22 performance against South Alabama, Nov. 18.
Taylor Rochestie tied Marcus Moore for the WSU free throw percentage record, going 16-for-16 from the free throw line.
Moore set the record against Arizona State, Jan. 12, 2002.
Rochesite holds the second-best free throw performance in NCAA Division I this season...Jeremy Wise of Southern Mississippi went 19-for-19 from the free throw line, Dec. 18.
The Cougars had another perfect performance from the free throw line against USC Jan. 24, going 10-for-10 from the charity stripe.
HARMELING AND ROCHESTIE EARN ACADEMIC HONOR:
Seniors Daven Harmeling and Taylor Rochestie were named to the ESPN The Magazine District VIII All-Academic First Team as voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Harmeling has a 3.54 grade point average in health and fitness.
Rochestie has a 3.37 grade point average and is majoring in communication.
Harmeling received second team all-district honors as a sophomore in 2006-07...he is a two-time Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic First Team honoree.
Rochestie received Pac-10 All-Academic First Team honors last season as a junior.
Rochestie and Harmeling are the first Cougar duo to earn first team all-district honors in the same season.
Both Harmeling and Rochestie are now eligible for a chance to become CoSIDA Academic All-Americans...the last Cougar Academic All-American was Carlos Daniel who was named to the third team in both 1997 and 1998.
UWSP COURT NAMED IN HONOR OF BENNETTS:
UW-Stevens Point will honor former Pointer coaches Dick Bennett and Jack Bennett by naming the men's basketball court "Bennett Court."
The naming ceremony will take place Feb. 7 at halftime of the UW-Stevens Point vs. UW -Superior men's basketball game.
The court naming in honor of the Bennetts for their dedication to basketball, leadership, and character is part of a recent successful campaign at UWSP aimed at showcasing the storied tradition of greatness in athletics and the Pointer basketball program.