Feb. 23, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington State University men's basketball senior Taylor Rochestie has been named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 16-22, conference commissioner Tom Hansen announced Monday.
A native of Santa Barbara, Calif., Rochestie returned to his home state in style as he averaged 24.5 points, five rebounds, four assists and 1.5 steals in 39.5 minutes per game. The Cougars dropped their game at USC Thursday, 61-51, but defeated No. 20/15 UCLA, 82-81, Saturday at Pauley Pavilion.
In the upset of UCLA Saturday, Rochestie had the game of his career, scoring a career-high 33 points, while adding five rebounds, four assists and two steals playing all 40 minutes. He shot .714 from beyond the three point arc, hitting 5-of-7 and was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line. The point guard accounted for over half of WSU's 40 second-half points, scoring 21 in the final period. His 33-point performance marked the second 30-plus scoring game of the season for Rochestie, as he became the first Cougar to score 30 or more points in multiple games since Marcus Moore had three 30-plus games during the 2002-03 season. Rochestie is the only player to accomplish the feat in the Dick and Tony Bennett era.
Against USC Thursday, Rochestie led the Cougars in scoring with 16 points, adding five rebounds, four assists and one steal and just one turnover in 39 minutes of action. He led the team in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and minutes played, becoming the first WSU player this season to lead the team in those five categories.
After Saturday's win over UCLA, Rochestie's senior class became one of 10 WSU senior classes to defeat all nine other Pac-10 teams during their careers and the first since 1989. The win Saturday was also just the second all-time win for WSU at UCLA (2-50) as the only other win came Feb. 5, 2004 under head coach Dick Bennett. It marked the first win over a ranked UCLA opponent at Pauley Pavilion.
The honor is the first for Rochestie, who is one of 15 Cougars to receive the accolades and it marks the 19th time Washington State has earned the award. The last Cougar to be named player of the week was Daven Harmeling who received it twice during the 2006-07 season (Dec. 10 and Feb. 4).
2008-09 U.S. Bank Pac-10 Players of the Week: Nov. 17 - Darren Collison, Sr., G, UCLA; Nov. 24 - James Harden, So., G, ASU; Dec. 1 - James Harden, So., G, ASU; Dec. 8 - Dwight Lewis, Jr., G, USC; Dec. 15 - Jordan Hill, Jr., F, ARIZ; Dec. 22 - Jerome Randle, Jr., G, CAL; Dec. 29 - Jamelle Horne, So., F, ARIZ; Jan. 5 - Patrick Christopher, Jr., F, CAL; Jan. 12 - Patrick Christopher, Jr., F, CAL; Jan. 19 - Lawrence Hill, Sr., F, STAN; Jan. 26 - Roeland Schaftenaar, Jr., F/C, OSU; Feb. 2 - Chase Budinger, Jr., F, ARIZ; Feb. 9 - Alfred Aboya, Sr., C/F, UCLA; Feb. 16 - Nic Wise, Jr., G, ARIZ; Feb. 23 - Taylor Rochestie, Sr., G, WSU