Dec. 17, 2009
BONE FACES FORMER TEAM IN KENNEWICK: Washington State men's basketball (8-2) will travel to Kennewick, Wash. to host Portland State (5-5) at the Toyota Center, Saturday, Dec. 19, in the second game of a women's-men's doubleheader. The game will be seen on FSN NW, except in the Spokane area where it will be shown on SWX.
First year head coach Ken Bone will face Portland State for the first time at the helm for the Cougars after serving as head coach for four seasons at PSU.
Bone's former assistant, Tyler Geving took over after Bone's departure in April after serving on Bone's staff for the previous four seasons.
In his four seasons at PSU, Bone compiled a 77-49 record while leading the team to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments in 2008 and 2009.
As the head coach at Portland State, Bone faced WSU just once, a 72-60 loss in Pullman, Dec. 9, 2007.
|Game 11 | Portland State (5-5) vs. Washington State (8-2)|
|Date||Saturday, Dec. 19 | 4:30 p.m. PST|
|Location||Kennewick, Wash. | Toyota Center|
|Radio||Cougar Sports Network | Listen Online|
|wsucougars.com||Gametracker | Crimson ZZU Blog | Game Notes|
|All-Time Series||WSU leads 6-0|
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State is off to an 8-2 start this season having won its last two games over Air Force (12/12) and Idaho (12/9).
The Cougars have just two nonconference games remaining (including Saturday) before opening Pac-10 play Dec. 31 against Oregon in Pullman.
Sophomore Klay Thompson leads the team and the conference with 25.1 points per game, adding 5.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists a game....he's scored in double figures in all 10 games this season and reached 20-plus points in eight of the 10 contests.
Freshman point guard Reggie Moore leads the team with 4.5 assists a game, along with a team second-best 13.5 points an outing.
Sophomore DeAngelo Casto leads the Cougs on the boards with 6.7 rebounds a game, adding 10.7 points per game.
Head coach Ken Bone is in his first season with the Cougars after four years at Portland State.
ABOUT THE VIKINGS:
Portland State is off to a 5-5 overall start and 1-0 Big Sky mark after defeating Eastern Washington in the two team's conference opener Dec. 5.
PSU fell at Saint Mary's in its last outing, 101-80, after winning its previous four games.
Dominic Waters leads the team with 17.9 points and 5.3 assists a game.
Melvin Jones, Phil Nelson and Jamie Jones are also in double figures with 13.0, 12.5 and 12.2 points per game, respectively.
Jamie Jones also has a team-high 5.8 rebounds a game.
BACK-TO-BACK STELLAR STARTS FOR WSU COACHES:
First-year Cougar head coach Ken Bone got his team off to a 6-0 start, making him the second-straight WSU coach to start 6-0 in his rookie campaign.
Bone's 6-0 mark ranks as the fifth-best start by a Pacific-10 Conference coach in his debut in the post-World War II era.
It ties as the 18th-best start by a head coach at a current Pac-10 institution.
Four seasons ago, Tony Bennett got off to a 7-0 start for the Cougars, which ties for the 13th-best start by a Pac-10 coach.
AGAINST THE VIKINGS; BIG SKY:
WSU is a perfect 6-0 against Portland State.
The Cougars defeated the Vikings 72-60, Dec. 9, 2007 with Ken Bone at the helm for PSU.
PSU is one of three opponents that WSU is undefeated against with a minimum of six games played in the series, as the other two are Puget Sound (6-0) and Seattle Pacific (7-0).
Portland State is the second Big Sky Conference member WSU faces this year.
The Cougars defeated the Eagles of Eastern Washington, 67-61, Nov. 16 at Pullman's Friel Court.
WSU holds a 175-48 record against current members of the Big Sky.
Last season the Cougars defeated three Big Sky teams (Sacramento State, Idaho State and Montana State).
HOME AWAY FROM HOME:
WSU will host three `home' games outside of Pullman this year (Spokane, Kennewick and Seattle), marking the first time since the 1981-82 series that WSU will host games in three different cities outside of Pullman.
The Cougars' game in Kennewick marks their first visit to the city since falling to Eastern Washington, 83-82, Dec. 22, 1997 in Kennewick.
MOORE OUT OF REGGIE:
Point guard Reggie Moore has gotten off to a hot start for the Cougars in his rookie campaign, ranking second on the team with 13.5 points per game.
Not only is he second in scoring, but he leads the team in assists with 4.5 dishes per game.
At Kansas State, Dec. 5, Moore set a WSU freshman record with 12 free throws made....he is currently ranked 18th in the country with 58 made free throws this season.
Against Air Force Dec. 12 in Spokane, Moore had the first double-double of his young career...he had a career high 10 assists, the second-most single game assists by a Cougar freshman.
Moore leads all Pac-10 freshmen in assists, free throw percentage, steals, and assists/turnover ratio and ranks second among freshmen in scoring.
He is currently on pace for the WSU freshman record for assists which is 114 set by Bennie Seltzer in 1990.
If the season ended today, Moore would capture the freshman record for assists average and rank second in scoring average.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE COUGS:
The Cougars took a week of for finals, but defeated Air Force, 75-68, Saturday, Dec. 12 at Spokane Arena in their last outing.
Klay Thompson led the Cougs with 19 points, adding eight rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Reggie Moore had his first career double-double with a career high 10 assists adding 16 points.
Nikola Koprivica had a career high 11 rebounds...led WSU in rebounding for the first time this season and the second time in his career.
For the first time this season and first since Feb. 28, 2009 a WSU opponent did not attempt a free throw in a half as Air Force did not get to the charity stripe in the first period. The Cougars held Air Force to an opponent season-low 24 points in the first half.
WSU had a season-low three first half turnovers.
Charlie Enquist and Michael Harthun played career high minutes with 23 and 22, respectively.
THOMPSON MAKES ALASKA HIS `KLAY'GROUND:
Klay Thompson had the week of his young career at the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage, Nov. 25-28.
Thompson broke the Great Alaska Shootout single-game and championship game records with 43 points in WSU's win over San Diego...the old record was set by Glenn Robinson of Purdue also in the championship game against Portland in 1993.
His 16 field goals mark a championship game record, besting Robinson's mark of 15 in 1993.
Thompson also set championship game records for field goals made (16), 3-pointers made (eight) and 3-pointers attempted (13).
His 89 total points were tied for second most in the tournament with Casey Green of Southwest Louisiana (1997).
Thompson's 14 3-pointers stand at fifth best all-time in the Great Alaska Shootout.
He was named the Carrs/Safeway Player of the Game in all three WSU games.
He earned the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award.
He led the tournament in points, scoring average, 3-point field goals made, 3-point field goals attempted and free throws, and was ranked in the top five in assists, steals, blocks and minutes played.
COUGARS DOMINATE SHOOTOUT AS WELL:
The Cougars not only won the Great Alaska Shootout title, but they also notched their names in the record books along the way.
WSU's .575 field goal percentage in its three games is the third-best in Shootout history and just .011 behind the record.
The Cougs' .511 3-point field goal percentage is the fifth-best 3-point shooting performance all time.
They set the championship game record for largest margin of victory with a 37-point defeat (93-56) of San Diego...the old record was 29 (76-47) points as San Diego State defeated Hampton last season.
WSU tied the tournament championship game record for most second half points with 54, held by Illinois vs. New Mexico State in 1992 and Iowa vs. Northeastern in 1986.
WSU led the tournament in scoring offense (86.0 ppg), scoring defense (64.3 papg), field goal percentage (.575), field goal percentage defense (.391), 3-point field goal percentage (.511), blocked shots (4.7 bpg) and assists (19.0 apg).
To put it in perspective, there have been 381 Shootout games over 32 years.
THOMPSON JOINS FONTAINE IN 20-PLUS POINT GAMES:
Klay Thompson scored 20-plus points in Washington State's first six games this season.
It marks the most consecutive 20-plus point performances by a Cougar since the school's all-time leading scorer, Isaac Fontaine, scored 20-plus in six-straight games Dec. 7-29, 1996.
Thompson became the fifth Cougar to notch six-consecutive 20-point games, joining Jim Meredith (Dec. 11-26, 1970), Don Collins (Feb. 24-Dec. 5, 1970), Joe Wallace (Dec. 20, 1984-Jan. 5, 1985) and Fontaine.
He's now reached 20-plus points in eight of WSU's 10 games.
He's also reached double figures in 17 of WSU's 20 halves this season and in all 10 games.
THOMPSON EARNS BACK-TO-BACK PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS:
Klay Thompson was named the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the week for the weeks of Nov. 16-22 and Nov. 23-29.
He is just the third Cougar to earn a Pac-10 Player of the Week award twice in the same season as Daven Harmeling did so in 2006-07 and Joe Wallace accomplished the feat in 1985-87.
He's just the second Cougar to earn the honor over the last three seasons.
He became the 17th men's basketball player student-athlete to earn back-to-back Player of the Week honors, as Patrick Christopher of California and James Harden, formerly of Arizona State, accomplished it last season.
Thompson joins elite company, as he became the 13th sophomore to earn multiple Player of the Week awards.
James Harden, Ryan Anderson, Darren Collison, Daven Harmeling, Gilbert Arenas, Baron Davis, Jason Kidd, Harold Miner, Chris Mills, Adam Keefe, Gary Payton and Reggie Miller also accomplished that feat in their sophomore campaigns.
THE PAC-10 40 POINT CLUB:
With his 43 points against San Diego (Nov. 28), Klay Thompson became just the third Pac-10 player to score 40 points in the last five seasons...James Harden of ASU scored 40 in 2008-09 and Leon Powe of California scored 41 in 2005-06.
It's the most points scored by a Pac-10 player since Jason Kapono of UCLA scored 44 against WSU, Jan. 4, 2003.
THOMPSON ONE OF NATION'S TOP SCORERS:
As of games through Wednesday, Dec. 16, Klay Thompson ranked fourth in the nation with 25.1 points per game.
He ranks third in the country in field goals made with 84.
Thompson is also fourth with 251 total points.
For a complete list of where he ranks, and where he ranks in the Pac-10 see the box on the right side of the previous page.
COUGARS AMONG WINNINGEST TEAMS IN PAC-10:
Over the last four seasons (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10) the Cougars have the second-most overall and conference wins among Pac-10 schools.
WSU is 77-35 (.688) overall and 32-22 in conference play over the last three years and this season.
UCLA has the best three-year record at 94-25 (.790) overall and 44-10 in league play.
COUGS AMONG YOUNGEST TEAMS IN NATION:
With 15 underclassman and just one upperclassman, Washington State's men's basketball team is among the youngest in the country, according to research done by Central Florida's SID.
WSU has the most underclassmen with 15, followed by Harvard with 14 and UCF and Toledo with 13 apiece.
The Cougars are also tied for the fewest amount of upperclassmen in the country as they and Saint Louis each have one.
For the second-straight season, WSU has five left-handed shooters on its team in 2009-10.
Anthony Brown, Marcus Capers, Nikola Koprivica, Abe Lodwick and Brock Motum are all left-handed on the basketball court.
Last season WSU also had five lefties on the team with Taylor Rochestie and Nick Witherill before the arrival of freshmen Brown and Motum.
COUGAR HARDWOOD CLASSIC TO BE ON TV:
The 2009 Cougar Hardwood Classic which pits WSU up against Southeastern Conference-member LSU will be televised live on CBS College Sports.
The game will take place at Seattle's KeyArena, Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m.