Nov. 15, 2010
COUGARS HOST VANDALS TUESDAY: Fresh off its win against Southern, the Washington State University men's basketball team will host cross-border rival Idaho, Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum's Friel Court. Tuesday's matchup between the Cougars and Vandals continues the nation's sixth-longest continuous series, as it dates back to Jan. 1, 1906.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State is off to a 1-0 start after defeating Southern, 86-47, Saturday evening at Beasley Coliseum.
Newcomer Faisal Aden has shown that he can help take some of the scoring load after leading the team with 18 points in the opener.
Klay Thompson and DeAngelo Casto have picked up where they left off as they scored 15 and 16 points, respectively.
Point guard Reggie Moore missed the opener after aggravating a wrist injury...his status is day-to-day.
WSU returns nine letterwinners from last season's squad that went 16-15 while finishing 10th in the Pac-10.
Without a senior on the team, the Cougar roster includes nine juniors, three sophomores and four freshmen, among them are seven newcomers.
Head coach Ken Bone is in his second season with Washington State.
ABOUT THE VANDALS:
Located just across the border in Moscow, Idaho is a member of the Western Athletic Conference.
Idaho is coached by third-year head coach Don Verlin.
The Vandals opened the season with an 86-74 victory over Eastern Oregon, Saturday, Nov. 13.
Shawn Henderson and Djim Bandoumel led the scoring attack with 14 points apiece...Henderson added seven rebounds.
Luiz Toledo added 13 points, while Brandon Wiley and Deremy Geiger chipped in 11 apiece.
Idaho finished 15-16 overall last year and 6-10 in the WAC.
Washington State and Idaho are meeting for the 106th-consecutive men's basketball season.
The two schools have the oldest continuous rivalry West of the Mississippi River.
It is the sixth longest continuous rivalry nationally behind Columbia/Yale (110th season), Princeton/Yale (110th season), Pennsylvania/Princeton (109th season), Columbia/Pennsylvania (108th season) and Cornell/Pennsylvania (108th season).
The Cougars also hold the ninth oldest continuous rivalry, as they will face Oregon State for the 103rd-straight basketball season this year.
Last season the Cougs defeated the Vandals, 76-64, at Pullman.
WSU holds a 158-107 advantage in the all-time series, including 96-37 advantage at home.
WSU AGAINST THE WAC:
WSU holds a 186-123 record against current members of the Western Athletic Conference.
New Mexico State is the only current WAC member that WSU has never faced.
The Cougars have a winning record against every WAC team they've faced except Utah State, holding just a 1-7 mark against the Aggies.
Of the 309 games against WAC opponents, 265 have come against the Vandals.
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
WSU is 38-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court.
The Cougars have won 35-straight November games in Pullman and are 40-1 (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.
YOUNG BUT EXPERIENCED:
Although there are no seniors on this year's Cougar squad, there is still a wealth of experience amongst the team.
Heading into the season this year's team has a total of 333 games played between them, including 184 starts.
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
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 85-49 (.634) overall and 38-34 in conference play over the last three years and this season.
UCLA has the best four-year record at 106-37 (.741) overall and 53-20 in league play.
WSU DEFEATS SOUTHERN IN OPENER:
The Cougars defeated Southern out of Louisiana, 86-47, Friday in their season opener.
Faisal Aden finished his Cougar debut with 18 points, the most by a junior college transfer since Ivory Clark scored 19 against Oral Roberts, March 15, 2007...the most in a JC's debut season since Clark scored 23 in his second game as a Cougar against BYU, Nov. 22, 2005.
Klay Thompson tied his career high with six assists...added 15 points and six rebounds on 6-for-10 shooting from the field.
Marcus Capers grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds...just two points shy of a double-double with eight.
Brock Motum tied his career high with 14 points...he got his first career start.
Two freshmen (Patrick Simon and Dre Winston, Jr.) and two junior college transfers (Faisal Aden and Chris McNamara-walk-on) made their debuts for the Cougars...Simon added nine points and eight rebounds.
Ben Loewen played a career-high nine minutes...he doubled his total career minutes of eight played in 2009-10.
DeAngelo Casto made a career-high eight free throws...he finished with 16 points and was 4-for-5 from the field.
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 1,036 points and is ranked 27th in the WSU record books.
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 averages 19.6 points again this season, he will finish his junior year with at least 1,632 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.