Jan. 30, 2010
SEATTLE - Xavier Thames scored a career-high 15 points, 11 of them in the first half, as the Washington State University men's basketball team fell at Washington, 92-64, Saturday at Bank of America Arena.
Washington State and Washington now boast identical records, each at 14-7 overall and 4-5 in Pacific-10 Conference action.
Thames (Sacramento, Calif.) finished 6-for-8 from the field and 2-for-3 from beyond the 3-point arc. His two 3-pointers marked his first of the Pac-10 season and just his fifth and sixth of his career. Nikola Koprivica (Belgrade, Serbia) added the first double-double of his career with 13 points and 11 rebounds. He scored all 13 of his points in the first half.
Washington's Quincy Pondexter added a double-double of his own with a game-high 29 points and 12 rebounds. He was 9-for-10 from the free throw line and 10-for-18 from beyond the 3-point arc.
The Cougars jumped out to an early advantage and took a 40-36 into halftime. Koprivica and Thames combined for 24 of WSU's 40 first-half points and held Washington to .333 (12-for-36) shooting from the field and just .111 (1-for-9) from beyond the 3-point arc.
Holding a 40-36 advantage at intermission, WSU scored the first point of the second period, a free throw by Marcus Capers, but UW went on to score the next 15. The Cougars missed their first 13 field goal attempts in the second half, after shooting .444 in the first period. The lead slipped away quickly from the Cougs who couldn't stop the Huskies' fast break on defense and couldn't get the ball to go in the rim on offense.
In the first half WSU allowed just 14 UW points in the paint, in the second Washington doubled with 28 in the half. Washington also got 14 fast break points in the second period after WSU allowed just two by the Huskies in the first. By the 12-minute mark in the game, the Cougars were trailing 58-45, having been outscored 22-5 in the first eight minutes.
Thames got his third career start after WSU's leading scorer, Klay Thompson, didn't start after showing up late for the bus Friday.
Washington State returns home after three-straight road games to host Arizona State Thursday and Arizona Saturday at Friel Court.