Nov. 19, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. Klay Thompson scored a career-high 37 points to lead the Cougars to an 89-70 victory over the IPFW Mastodons Thursday at Friel Court.
"It felt really good, I've never shot that well in a game this year or last year," said Thompson. "I've got to give a lot of credit to my teammates because they got me the ball and got me the ball when I was open. Most importantly we got the win."
Thompson went 15-of-20 from the field including two-for-three from downtown. The sophomore star added three rebounds, three assists and two steals during his team-high 29 minutes.
"When he (Klay) shot it, it seemed like the hoop was five feet in diameter, they were just dropping in," said WSU Head Coach Ken Bone. "Anything he was going to put up was going to go in. He put on a show and hopefully it is not the last time he does it."
Freshman Reggie Moore was Cougars' second-leading scorer with nine points, including a two-handed slam, bringing the Pullman fans to their feet. Steven Bjornstad and James Watson each scored the first points of their young collegiate careers. Charlie Enquist led the Cougars in rebounding for the first time in his career with five.
Deilvez Yearby pulled down nine boards to go with his 17 points, leading the Mastodons in both categories. Ben Botts, Nick Daniels and Zach Plackemeier each finished with 13 points for IPFW.
After Moore buried an open three to start the game, Thompson came out hot, sinking his first five shots helping the Cougars to an early 16-9 lead. Thompson did not stop there, finishing the first half 10-of-12 with 22 points. After WSU mounted its largest lead of the half (18), the Mastodons responded by scoring nine points in the final 2:16 to trail by 13 at the half.
The teams went back-and-forth to start the second half until the Cougars went on a 12-2 run, capped by two free throws from Thompson following a technical foul charged to IPFW Head Coach Dane Fife. A layup by Yearby brought the lead down to 15 with 12:06 left in the game, but that was as close as the Mastodons would get.
WSU will head to Anchorage, Alaska to take part in the Great Alaska Shootout Nov. 25-28. The Cougars will take on host University of Alaska Anchorage in the opening round.