Nov. 30, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University men's basketball scored the first 27 points to the start the game as it defeated Sacramento State, 84-36, Tuesday at Beasley Coliseum.
The Cougars (5-0) used a well-balanced effort to defeat the Hornets (2-4), as 11 of the 12 players to see the court for WSU scored. Junior Klay Thompson led all scorers with 16 points, adding five assists. He was joined in double figures by sophomore Brock Motum with 11 points and junior Faisal Aden also with 11. Motum was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field and is now 22-for-26 (.846) on the season.
Washington State's first points came from Motum 30 seconds into the game. Eight of the Cougars' first 10 baskets were made by seven different players, as Aden and Motum had multiple baskets in the first seven minutes of action. Sacramento State missed its first 12 shots and committed seven turnovers in the first 9:57 before Antoine Proctor snapped the drought with a layup at the 10:03 mark.
The Hornets were held to just 17 points in the first half and 19 in the second, shooting .319 (15-for-47) from the field and a mere .067 (1-for-15) from beyond the 3-point arc. The Cougars shot .524 (33-for-63) from the field on the night and .400 (8-for-20), but struggled from the free throw line with a .476 (10-for-21) clip.
Marcus Capers and Patrick Simon led Washington State with six rebounds apiece, chipping in nine and eight points, respectively. Capers also had a game-high six of WSU's 20 assists. Sultan Toles-Bey and Proctor each scored eight points to lead the Hornets, while Proctor finished with a game-high nine rebounds.
The Cougars remain at Pullman for their next two games as they welcome ranked opponents to Beasley Coliseum. Next up is No. 5 Kansas State (6-1), Friday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m.