Jan. 11, 2011
COUGARS LOOK TO KEEP WINNING STREAK ALIVE AGAINST CALIFORNIA: After sweeping the Oregon schools last week, Washington State men's basketball (12-4, 2-2) looks for its first conference road victory as it travels to the Bay Area to take on California (8-7, 1-2), Thursday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. WSU will take on Stanford Saturday at 5 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State is coming off a 77-63 win over Oregon to complete its first Pac-10 home series and is now 12-4 overall and 2-2 in league play.
WSU is 6-3 away from Beasley Coliseum and 2-2 in true road games, having lost both of its Pac-10 games on the road this season at UCLA (Dec. 29) and at USC (Dec. 31).
The Cougars are averaging 73.8 points per game away from home, including a 69.5 average in true road games...WSU is out-scoring its opponent by one point in road games this season.
Klay Thompson leads the Cougars this season with 22.3 points per game, leading the league, while ranking 11th in the nation.
Thompson also ranks in the league's top-five in 3-point field goals made, free throw percentage, assists and steals.
First year player, junior college transfer, Faisal Aden is second on the team and ninth in the Pac-10 with 14.8 points per game.
DeAngelo Casto is close to double figures with 9.8 points per game while leading the team with 6.0 rebounds per game (T-15th in the Pac-10).
Point guard Reggie Moore, who missed the Cougars' first five games with a left wrist injury, is adding 8.6 points per game, along with 4.2 assists.
Forward/center Brock Motum leads the league in field goal percentage with a .658 clip...he's fifth on the team with 8.0 points per game.
AGAINST THE GOLDEN BEARS:
Washington State trails the all-time series against California 71-45.
The Golden Bears have won the last four meetings, the last Cougar victory was at California, Feb. 28, 2008.
The last time the two teams met at Haas Pavilion the Cougars fell to the Golden Bears, 86-70.
Klay Thompson scored a game-high 28 points which at the time tied for second most in a Pac-10 game for his career, and tied for the most in a regulation Pac-10 game.
WSU tied the school record with 12 blocked shots, the original record was set against Stanford, Feb. 8, 2007.
The Cougars' nine first-half blocks marked its most in a first period last season...previous high was four done three times.
Thompson's 23 first-half points marked his most in a first-half for his career. His previous high was 22 in the first half against IPFW (Nov. 19).
Thompson also set a career high with five 3-pointers in the first half.
The Cougars' 45 first-half points are their second-most first half points this season...high is 46 scored against Stanford (Jan. 16)...their .654 first-half field goal percentage (17-for-26) ties for the best first-half field goal percentage (vs. Portland State, Dec. 19).
DeAngelo Casto tied his career high with five blocked shots and added 13 points.
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 97-52 overall and 40-35 in conference play over the last four years and this season.
UCLA has the best four-year record at 115-43 overall and 54-22 in league play.
The Cougars need just two wins to catch up to second-ranked Washington and four conference wins to jump USC and tie with Washington for second.
THOMPSON MOVING UP SCORING LIST:
With 22 points at Oregon last season, Klay Thompson surpassed the 1,000-point for his career...he finished the season with 1,023 points.
He now has 1,379 points and currently ranks ninth on the Cougar all-time scoring list.
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.
If Thompson continues to average 22.3 points this season, he will finish his junior year with at least 1,713 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.
THOMPSON AMONG NATION'S LEADING SCORERS:
With 22.3 points this season Klay Thompson leads the Pac-10 and ranks 11th in the nation in scoring.
Thompson is also 29th in 3-point field goal percentage (.434) and 15th in 3-point field goals per game (3.1).
The other categories Thompson ranks in the top-100 is steals per game at 92nd and free-throw percentage at 94th.
DOUBLING UP IN A HALF:
Klay Thompson is dominating not just games, but halves over his career.
In his career Klay Thompson has had 63 halves with at least 10 points, 32 times in the first half and 31 in the second half.
He has scored 15 or more points in 21 halves, 10 in the first and 11 in the second.
Thompson has scored 20-plus points in a half five times, three in the first half, two in the second half.
In 17 games Thompson has scored in double figures in both halves, three as a freshman, eight as a sophomore and six so far as a junior.
This season Thompson has scored in double figures in 17 halves, tying his freshman total and 11 shy of his sophomore total.
Faisal Aden (nine halves), DeAngelo Casto (two halves), Brock Motum (two halves), Reggie Moore (two halves) and Patrick Simon (one half) have each reached double figures in at least one half this season as well.
Moore reached double figures in 16 halves last year as a freshman, one shy of Thompson's freshman mark.
LAST TIME OUT:
Washington State defeated Oregon, 77-63, its last time out, Saturday at Beasley Coliseum.
Klay Thompson led the Cougars in scoring and moved into ninth on WSU's career scoring list with 1,379 points passing Joe Wallace...he added eight rebounds.
Marcus Capers was one rebound shy of a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds.
Reggie Moore tied his season high with 15 points, all of which came in the first half.
DeAngelo Casto was also in double figures with 12 points.
Washington State had 16 assists, marking the second-straight game with 15 or more assists (18 against Oregon State).
Four Cougars scored in double figures, the most since five Cougars scored in double figures against then-No. 15 Baylor, Dec. 23.
WSU has shot 80 percent or better from the free throw lines in its last four games after it had not reached 80 percent in a game prior to the start of Pac-10 season.
The Cougars' sweep of the weekend Oregon series marked second year head coach Ken Bone's first weekend sweep.
THOMPSON FEASTS ON COMPETITION:
For the second year in a row, Klay Thompson captured Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for the week of the Thanksgiving holiday...this year the week was Nov. 22-28.
For the week, he averaged 28.5 points, while shooting 21-of-33 (.636) from the field, 5-of-10 (.500) from three-point range, and 10-of-12 (.833) from the free throw line...he also averaged 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the two contests.
This is the third honor for Thompson who becomes the first Cougar to earn a Player of the Week honor three times in his career...last year he became the first Cougar to earn the honors in back-to-back weeks as he was Pac-10 Player of the Week Nov. 23 and Nov. 30.
Four WSU student-athletes have earned the honor twice in their careers.
THOMPSON NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK AGAIN:
For the second time this season and the fourth in his career, Klay Thompson has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 6-12.
The junior guard helped lead the Cougars to wins over Gonzaga and Texas-Pan American last week.
For the week, he averaged 19.5 points, 5.0 assists, 3.5 steals and 3.0 rebounds.
THOMPSON NAMED WOODEN MIDSEASON CANDIDATE:
Klay Thompson is one of 30 midseason candidates for the 2010-11 John R. Wooden Award, The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Jan. 6.
Earlier this season, Thompson became the first Cougar to make the preseason list since Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver were both named to the preseason top-50 prior to the 2007-08 season.
He is the first to move on to the midseason top-30 since Low went on to make the midseason cut that year.
This season's midseason list contains student-athletes from nine different conferences, including three from the Pacific-10 Conference.
Thompson is joined by Isaiah Thomas (Washington) and Derrick Williams (Arizona).
THOMPSON, ADEN EXCEL IN FIRST FIVE GAMES:
Through the first five games of the season Klay Thompson and Faisal Aden held the third and fifth-best scoring out puts by a Cougar in his first five games of the season since the 3-point line in 1986-87.
Thompson also holds the second spot after scoring 127 in the first five games of his sophomore season.
Aden has the second-most points by a Cougar in his first five games of his career, second to Neil Derrick who scored 111 in his first five games after transferring prior to his junior year.
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
With its win Nov. 30, WSU finished the month 40-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court.
The Cougars have won 40-straight November games in Pullman and are 42-1 (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.
COUGARS GET EARLY RUN ON HORNETS:
The Cougars opened the game with a 27-0 run as they defeated Sacramento State, 84-36 Tuesday, Nov. 30 at Beasley Coliseum.
WSU held Sacramento State to .319 (15-for-47) shooting from the field and .067 (1-for-15) from beyond the 3-point arc.
WSU's 48-point margin of victory ties for third most since 1945...the largest was 54 points against Delaware in 1989.
Sacramento State's 15 first-half points are tied for 15th fewest points in a half (first or second half) since the 1968-69 season (when WSU joined the Pac-8).
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