March 18, 2011
WSU HOSTS OKLAHOMA STATE IN SECOND ROUND OF NIT: Second-seeded Washington State University men's basketball (20-12) continues its season as it hosts No. 3 Oklahoma State (20-13), in the second round of the NIT, Monday, March 21 at 8:30 p.m. PT at Pullman's Beasley Coliseum. The game can be seen live on ESPN2. The winner of Monday's game will take on the winner of the No. 1 Boston College-No. 4 Northwestern game that will be played Saturday.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
The Cougars hold a 20-12 overall record and finished sixth in the Pacific-10 Conference with a 9-9 league mark.
WSU advanced to the NIT Second Round with an 85-74 victory over Long Beach State March 16 at Beasley Coliseum.
The Cougs are 11-4 at Beasley Coliseum this season and were 6-3 at home in conference play.
WSU's home losses came to NCAA-Tournament participants Kansas State, Arizona and UCLA, along with Stanford.
Prior to Wednesday's victory, WSU had lost its last two games, the Pac-10 tournament game to Washington and a home loss to UCLA in overtime March 5...the Cougs have not won more than two-straight games since December.
Junior Klay Thompson leads the team, the conference and ranks eighth in the country with 22.2 points per game.
He also ranks in the league's top-five in 3-point field goals made per game (ninth in the country), free throw percentage, 3-point field goal percentage and steals.
Junior transfer Faisal Aden is second on the team and 14th in the league with 13.3 points per game...he's scored in double-figures in the last three games.
Junior DeAngelo Casto leads the Cougs in rebounding and ranks eighth in the league with 6.9 boards a game...he's third on the team and 18th in the league in scoring with 12.1 points, while ranking second in the conference with 1.7 blocks per game.
Sophomore point guard Reggie Moore, who has missed six games this season, is adding 9.3 points and a league ninth-best 3.6 assists an outing.
IN THE NIT:
Washington State is making its second appearance in the National Invitation Tournament in three years and the fifth time in its history.
The Cougars are now 5-4 all-time in NIT games and have won at least one game in the tournament in four of their fve our appearances.
Two seasons ago (2008-09), WSU entered the NIT as the No. 7 seed and feel to No. 2 Saint Mary's, 68-57, in the first round at Moraga, Calif.
Three current Cougars played in WSU's last NIT game, Marcus Capers, DeAngelo Casto and Klay Thompson...all three were freshmen...Thompson finished with seven points, while Capers and Casto each contributed six.
WSU has won all four NIT games it has hosted at Pullman...all four were first round games.
In 1992 WSU defeated Minnesota in the first round at home, in 1995 it was a victory over Texas Tech at home and in 1996 the Cougars defeated Gonzaga in the first round at Pullman...now this year WSU defeated Long Beach State at home.
WSU has faced two other Big 12 teams in the NIT, and is 1-1 against the league in the tournament...the Cougars defeated Texas Tech, 94-82, in the first round of the 1995 NIT at Pullman...WSU fell to Nebraska, 82-73, in the second round of the 1996 NIT at Lincoln, Neb.
WSU and California represent the Pac-10 in the NIT this year...the two teams tie for the most from the league in the NIT since 1998-99, when three teams went.
Three Pac-10 teams have won the NIT Championship, UCLA in 1985, Stanford in 1991 and California in 1999...just five times has a Pac-10 team advanced to the semifinals, the last to do so was Oregon in 2004, finishing third.
For more information on WSU in the NIT see pages 5-6 of these notes.
AGAINST THE COWBOYS:
Washington State and Oklahoma State have met just once in the two schools' histories.
OSU won the only meeting in decisive fashion, 81-29, Dec. 4, 2004 at Stillwater.
WSU holds a 11-17 record against current members of the Big 12 Conference.
Oklahoma is the only current Big 12 member that WSU has never faced.
The Cougars have winning records against Baylor (2-1), Texas A&M (1-0) and Texas Tech(1-0).
Of all the Big 12 teams, WSU has faced Nebraska the most with a 2-6 record against the Huskers. The Cougars are 1-1 against Big 12 teams this season, having lost to No. 5 Kansas State Dec. 3 and defeated No. 15 Baylor, Dec. 23 at the Diamond Head Classic.
THOMPSON'S RECORD-BREAKING SEASON:
Junior Klay Thompson has already five WSU career and single-season records this year.
He is WSU's all-time single-season scoring leader with 689 points so far this season...he passed Isaac Fontaine who set the record in 1997 with 657 points.
Thompson is also the Cougars' career leader for 3-point field goals made...he now has 239 made 3-pointers and took the crown from Eddie Hill who played at WSU from 1991-94 and made 233.
Thompson also holds the career record for 3-point field goals attempted (600), and the season records for 3-point field goals made (95) and field goal attempts (508).
THOMPSON BECOMES THIRD ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER:
Klay Thompson has 1,712 points in 95 career games, ranking third in WSU's career record books.
As a sophomore he became the 31st Coug and third-fastest to reach 1,000 points as he did it in his 63rd career game March 6, 2010.
Isaac Fontaine holds the school record with 2,003 points in his career from 1994-97.
Steve Puidokas ranks second with 1,894 points from 1974-77.
If Thompson were to score his career average of 18.0 points per game as a senior, he would add 558 points next year, giving him 2,245 points...that would rank sixth all-time in conference history.
Thompson's current 1,712 points ranks 49th in Pac-10 history for career scoring.
KLAY TEARS UP PAC-10 TOURNAMENT RECORD BOOKS TOO:
Although the Cougars played just one game in the 2011 Pac-10 Tournament, Klay Thompson left his mark, setting or tying five single-game tournament records.
Thompson set the single-game scoring record with 43 points, passing California's Leon Powe's 41 which he accomplished in two overtimes against Oregon, March 10, 2006...Reggie Miller of UCLA had the regulation record with 39 points against Arizona State, March 6, 1987.
Thompson also bettered Miller's single-half record of 24 points with 25 of his own in the second half.
Thompson's eight 3-point field goals is a record as well, bettering seven done by Arizona's Salim Stoudamire and Oregon's Bryce Taylor.
He also tied Reggie Miller's field goal record (15) and the 3-point field goal attempt record (14), done four times, most recently by former Coug Derrick Low.
Two of Washington State's last three losses have been decided by four points or less and both came with the Cougars down at least one starter or significant contributor.
The Cougars' 58-54 overtime loss to UCLA March 5 came without starters Klay Thompson and Reggie Moore...Thompson was suspended, while Moore injured his ankle in the previous game.
WSU's 71-69 loss at Arizona State Feb. 19 came without sixth-man Faisal Aden, who has been battling knee problems all season.
LAST TIME OUT:
Washington State advanced to the second round of the NIT with an 85-74 victory over Long Beach State, Wednesday, March 16 at Beasley Coliseum.
Klay Thompson's 25 points rank second in WSU's record books for single-game NIT scoring...he bettered Isaac Fontaine's 23 against Illinois State, March 20, 1995 and Mark Hendrickson's 24 March 14, 1996 against Gonzaga.
Thompson's nine free throws (9-for-10) are tied for the third most in a single NIT game by a WSU player.
Washington State's eight blocked shots tie for second-most by the Cougars this season and set a school single-game NIT record.
WSU improved to 5-4 in the NIT...is 4-0 when hosting an NIT game.
Faisal Aden scored in double-figures for the fourth-consecutive game, finished with 19 points. DeAngelo Casto moved into fifth on WSU's single-season blocks list with four blocks...he now has 51 on the season...his four blocks tie his season high.
Long Beach State's 18 first half points are tied for third fewest by a Cougar opponent in a first half this season.
Their 18 first-half points are the 49ers' fewest in a first half this season.
THOMPSON RETURNS TO PAC-10 40-POINT CLUB:
Klay Thompson is one of just two Pac-10 Players to reach the 40-point plateau over the last five seasons...he has reached it twice.
Thompson scored 43 against Washington March 10 at the Pac-10 Tournament and 43 against San Diego at the Great Alaska Shootout as a sophomore, Nov. 28, 2009.
James Harden of Arizona State scored 40 points against UTEP, Nov. 30, 2008.
Thompson's 43 are the most points scored by a Pac-10 player since Jason Kapono of UCLA scored 44 against WSU, Jan. 4, 2003.
Below is a look at 40-point scorers in the Pac-10 since 2002-03. 2010-11:
Klay Thompson (WSU) - 43 vs. Washington - 3/10/11
Klay Thompson (WSU) - 43 vs. San Diego - 11/28/09
James Harden (ASU) - 40 vs. UTEP - 11/30/08
Leon Powe (Cal) - 41 vs. Oregon - 3/10/06
Luke Jackson (Ore) - 42 vs. Arizona - 02/19/04
Desmon Farmer (USC) - 40 vs. Arizona - 01/15/04
Luke Jackson (Ore) - 40 vs. Colorado - 03/17/04
Jason Kapono (UCLA) - 44 vs. WSU - 01/04/03
Marcus Moore (WSU) - 42 vs. Gonzaga - 12/07/02
COUGARS EARN ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS:
Klay Thompson was named to the 2010-11 All-Pac-10 Team...he is the fourth player in Cougar history to be named to the first team during multiple seasons.
DeAngelo Casto was named to the All-Pac-10 second team as well as the Pac-10 All-Defensive Team.
Last year Casto was named honorable mention and to the all-defensive team.
Both Cougars earned Pac-10 All-Freshmen Accolades as rookies in 2008-09.
WSU REACHES 20 WINS:
At 20-12, Washington State has reached 20-wins for the 18th time in school history.
It's just the third time since 1994-95 that the Cougars have reached 20 wins in a season.
The 20 wins are tied for 16th most wins by a Cougar team.
Ken Bone is just the sixth WSU head coach to lead his team to a 20-win season.
DOUBLING UP IN A HALF:
Klay Thompson is dominating not just games, but halves over his career.
In his career Klay Thompson has had 80 halves with at least 10 points, 39 times in the first half and 41 in the second half.
He has scored 15 or more points in 28 halves, 12 in the first and 16 in the second.
Thompson has scored 20-plus points in a half eight times, three in the first half, five in the second half.
In 23 games Thompson has scored in double figures in both halves, three as a freshman, eight as a sophomore and 12 so far as a junior.
This season Thompson has scored in double figures in 38 halves.
Faisal Aden (16 halves), DeAngelo Casto (nine halves), Reggie Moore (five halves), Brock Motum (three 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.
THOMPSON EARNS NABC AND USBWA HONORS:
Klay Thompson was named to both the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and United States Basketball Writers' Association (USBWA) all-district teams.
Thompson became one of three Cougars to earn NABC first team all-district honors in their career.
He is the first Cougar to be honored by the USBWA multiple times.
THOMPSON NAMED WOODEN AND NAISMITH MIDSEASON CANDIDATE:
Klay Thompson was one of 30 midseason candidates for the 2010-11 John R. Wooden Award and Naismith Award.
Earlier this season, Thompson became the first Cougar to make the preseason lists 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 Wooden midseason top-30 since Low went on to make the midseason cut that year...the first to make the Naismith top-30 cut since Weaver in 2007-08.
Thompson was joined by Isaiah Thomas (Washington) and Derrick Williams (Arizona) on both lists.
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 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.
For the week, he averaged 19.5 points, 5.0 assists, 3.5 steals and 3.0 rebounds.