Dec. 9, 2010
COUGARS HOST BRONCS AT SPOKANE: Washington State University men's basketball (6-1) hosts the University of Texas-Pan American (3-7), Friday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at Spokane Arena.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State is coming off a big win at home over Gonzaga, an 81-59 victory, Wednesday at Beasley Coliseum...the Cougars are now 6-1 overall.
WSU is 4-1 at home (wins against Southern, Idaho, Sacramento State and Gonzaga; loss to Kansas State), 1-0 at neutral-site games (Portland at Seattle) and 1-0 on the road (at Fresno State).
Juniors Klay Thompson and Faisal Aden are sharing the scoring load, averaging 21.6 and 18.0 points per game respectively...the sharpshooting duo accounts two of the top three scorers in the Pac-10.
Thompson leads the league and the team in assists per game with 5.0...he dished out a career-high nine assists against Idaho (Nov. 16).
Aden is fourth in the conference in 3-point fields goals made with 17 total and 2.4 per game...he's third in the league and leads the team in steals with 2.3 an outing.
Sophomore forward Brock Motum ranks fifth on the team with 8.7 points per game, while leading the league in field goal percentage with a .735 mark (25-for-34).
DeAngelo Casto, who missed the Cougars' two games with a sprained foot, is adding 9.0 points and 5.2 rebounds an outing, while Reggie Moore scored 10 points in his first outing of the season against K-State (Dec. 3).
Junior Marcus Capers leads the team and is 11th in the league with 6.6 rebounds a game, adding 6.6 points...he grabbed a career-high 15 boards in the season opener against Southern.
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 90-49 (.652) overall and 38-34 in conference play over the last three years and this season.
UCLA has the best four-year record at 109-41 (.727) overall and 53-20 in league play.
The Cougars need just two wins to catch up to second-ranked Washington and two conference wins to jump USC and tie with Washington for second.
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.
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.
LAST TIME OUT:
Washington State defeated Gonzaga, 81-59, Wednesday.
WSU's 22-point victory over Gonzaga marked its largest over the Bulldogs since a 22-point victory Dec. 1, 1982.
The Cougars snapped a two-game losing streak to the Bulldogs, have won three of the last five.
Klay Thompson had a career-high seven steals...led the team in rebounds (six), assists (six) and points (24).
Washington State held Gonzaga scoreless for the first seven minutes of the game...the second time the Cougs held an opponent scoreless for seven or more minutes this season.
Patrick Simon was one point shy of his career-high with 11 points...was 3-for-5 from beyond the 3-point arc.
The Cougars tied their season high with 11 3-pointers made...tied season high of .524 (11-for-21) from beyond the 3-point arc (both against Portland 11/23).
As a team the Cougars had a season-high 14 steals and tied their season high of 21 assists.
Reggie Moore made his first start of the season...he missed the first five games of the season with a wrist injury, played the last two.
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.
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).
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 1,174 points and currently ranks 16th 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 21.6 points again this season, he will finish his junior year with at least 1,685 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.
COUGARS LAST UNDEFEATED TEAM IN LEAGUE...ONE OF 22 IN THE COUNTRY:
Before falling Friday, Washington State was the last undefeated Pac-10 team with a 5-0 start.
Arizona suffered its first loss of the season Nov. 27 when it fell to Kansas...the Wildcats were 5-0 before suffering their first setback....Arizona is the only other one-loss team in the Pac-10.
WSU was one of 22 undefeated teams in the country as of games Dec. 1...as of Dec. 5 19 undefeated teams remained.
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