Feb. 4, 2011
COUGARS LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK AGAINST BEAVERS: Washington State men's basketball (15-7, 5-5) looks to bounce back after its loss at Oregon Thursday, as it heads to Corvallis to take on Oregon State (9-12, 4-6), Saturday, Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. at Gill Coliseum. The game will be televised live on FSN Northwest.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State is currently 15-7 overall and fifth in the Pac-10 with a 5-5 league mark.
WSU is 3-4 on the road this year and 1-4 in conference road games this season...the Cougars' lone road win was a 61-58 victory at Stanford, Jan. 15.
Klay Thompson leads the Cougars this season with 21.9 points per game, leading the league, while ranking ninth in the nation.
Thompson also ranks in the league's top-five in 3-point field goals made, free throw percentage, 3-point field goal percentage, assists and steals.
First year player, junior college transfer, Faisal Aden is second on the team and 12th in the Pac-10 with 13.8 points per game.
DeAngelo Casto is the third Coug in double figures with 10.6 points per game while leading the team with 6.4 rebounds per game (10th in the Pac-10)...he also leads the team and is second in the league with 1.7 blocks a game.
Point guard Reggie Moore, who missed the Cougars' first five games with a left wrist injury, and the Stanford game due to a suspension, is adding 9.6 points per game, along with 4.1 assists.
AGAINST THE BEAVERS:
Washington State and Oregon State are meeting for the 103rd-consecutive men's basketball season.
The two schools are tied for the eighth-longest continuous rivalry.
The Cougars also hold the sixth oldest continuous rivalry, as they faced Idaho for the 106th-straight basketball season this year.
Oregon State holds a 162-119 advantage in the all-time series.
WSU won the first meeting this season, 84-70, Jan. 6 at Beasley Coliseum.
The two teams have split the season series each of the last two seasons.
WSU has won seven of the last nine meetings.
In the first meeting, for the second-straight game, Klay Thompson had a double-double with 29 points and 10 rebounds...third career double-double...tied his career high with 10 rebounds.
Marcus Capers made a career-high eight free throws...attempted a career-high 12.
Capers was four points shy of his career high, two of his season-high and one of his Pac-10 high with 12 points.
Reggie Moore had a season high nine assists...three shy of his career high of 12 and one shy of a double-double (11 points).
Washington State's 84 points were the most against Oregon State since putting up 84 in an 84-79 victory, Jan. 16, 1999 at Pullman.
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 1,504 points and currently is fourth on the Cougars' all-time scoring list...he just passed Mark Hendrickson in fourth.
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 21.9 points this season, he will finish his junior year with at least 1,715 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 AMONG WINNINGEST TEAMS IN PAC-10:
Over the last four seasons (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10) the Cougars have the fourth most overall and fourth most conference wins among Pac-10 schools.
WSU is 100-55 overall and 43-39 in conference play over the last four years and this season.
UCLA has the best four-year record at 121-44 overall and 59-23 in league play.
The Cougars need three wins to catch up to second-ranked Washington.
THOMPSON AMONG NATION'S LEADING SCORERS:
With 21.9 points this season Klay Thompson leads the Pac-10 and ranks ninth in the nation in scoring.
Thompson is also 24th in 3-point field goal percentage (.421) and 10th in 3-point field goals per game (3.1).
The other categories Thompson ranks in the top-100 are steals per game at 47th and assists per game at 98th.
DOUBLING UP IN A HALF:
Klay Thompson is dominating not just games, but halves over his career.
In his career Klay Thompson has had 70 halves with at least 10 points, 35 times in the first half and 35 in the second half.
He has scored 15 or more points in 22 halves, 10 in the first and 12 in the second.
Thompson has scored 20-plus points in a half six times, three in the first half, three in the second half.
In 19 games Thompson has scored in double figures in both halves, three as a freshman, eight as a sophomore and nine so far as a junior.
This season Thompson has scored in double figures in 28 halves, 11 more than his freshman total and the same number as his sophomore total.
Faisal Aden (12 halves), DeAngelo Casto (five halves), Reggie Moore (four halves), Brock Motum (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.
DEJA VU?...HOPEFULLY NOT:
This season the Cougars faced the Huskies in their final game of the first go-around of the Pac-10 slate, Jan. 30 with a 14-6 overall record and 4-4 league mark.
Last year WSU also faced UW, it's final first-time conference foe, Jan. 30 with a 14-6 overall record and 4-4 league mark...last year's game was at Seattle.
The Cougs lost that game, 92-62, after holding a halftime lead.
This year the Cougs won the game, 87-80.
After going 4-5 in the first nine Pac-10 games last year, the Cougs went just 2-7 in the second half of league play to finish 6-12 in conference action.
The loss at UW last Jan. 30 contributed to a 2-10 record in WSU's final 12 games of the season.
This year Washington State is 5-4 after the first half of the Pac-10 season.
LAST TIME OUT:
Washington State fell at Oregon, 69-43, Thursday in its first game at the new Matthew Knight Arena.
With a team-high 12 points Klay Thompson moved into fourth place on WSU's all-time scoring list, passing Mark Hendrickson...he now has 1,504 career points.
The Cougars shot a season-low .259 (14-for-54) from the field...previous low was .367 (22-for-60) at USC, Dec. 31.
WSU also shot a season-low .160 (4-for-25) from 3-point...previous low was .188 (3-for-16) against Kansas State (Dec. 3).
WSU's 26-point loss marks its largest margin of defeat since falling by 28 at Washington (92-64), Jan. 30, 2010.
The Cougars scored a season-low 43 points...previous low was 56 points at USC (Dec. 31)...fewest points since also scoring 43 against then-No. 4 Pittsburgh, Nov. 29, 2008.
Washington State scored one more point (23) than its first-half season low...season low is 22 points done twice, last at USC and against Kansas State.
The Cougars shot a season-low .214 (6-for-28) from the field in the first half...previous low was .292 (7-for-24) against Kansas State, Dec. 3.
WSU faced its largest halftime deficit this year of 10 points, 33-23...also trailed by 10 at California (Jan. 13).
The Cougars tied their season low with just three first-half turnovers.
WSU also scored a season-low 20 second half points...previous low was 30 against Butler, Dec. 25.
KLAY A CANDIDATE FOR SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR:
Klay Thompson was one of five candidates for the 2010 Male Sports Star of the Year presented by ROOT SPORTS, put on by the Seattle Sports Commission.
The award was given to Olympic speed skater Apolo Ono at the awards show held Jan. 26.
The Male Sports Star of the Year is awarded to a male athlete or coach for outstanding achievement in 2010 in a non-professional sport.
Also nominated for the award are University of Washington student-athletes Quincy Pondexter (basketball) and Mason Foster (football), and Olympic speed skaters Apolo Ono and J.R. Celski.
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.
Men's Basketball Points Through First Five Games of Season (since 1986-87)
NAME POINTS SEASON CLASS
Marcus Moore 128 2002-03 RS-Junior
Klay Thompson 127 2009-10 Sophomore
Neil Derrick 111 1990-91 Junior (TR)
Klay Thompson 111 2010-11 Junior
Faisal Aden 104 2010-11 Junior (TR)
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