Nov. 5, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. - Friday night at Beasley Coliseum Washington State University men's basketball defeated the Lewis-Clark State College Warriors in an exhibition game, 89-49.
"I like the fact that we stayed focused for almost a complete 40 minutes and that was important to us to try and play possession by possession and build on those possessions," WSU head coach Ken Bone said. So not be content with getting two or three stops in a row, but let's try to get four or try to get five or try to get six."
A transfer-student from Hillsborough Community College, Faisal Aden topped the game with 22 total points in 19 minutes. Partnering up with shots from beyond the arc was returning junior Klay Thompson shooting 4-for-5. Named the Player of the Game following the contest, Thompson left the victory with 21 points for the game with a game-high seven rebounds. Aden and Thompson were a combined 8-for-11 from beyond the arc, each making four three's.
"Faisal led us in scoring with 22 points and sometimes he makes it look effortless," Bone said. "I think LCSC got very tired. They played last night at Montana, so I'm sure that had something to do with it. I don't want to take anything away from our guy though, they played hard and did a good job."
Dre' Winston Jr., a freshman from Lakewood, Wash. matched Thompson's game-high seven boards in 13 minutes, grabbing three of them in the final 24 seconds. DeAngelo Casto finished the game with 18 points keeping the team strong in the key as he was 7-for-8 from the field and 4-for-5 from the free throw line. Although he didn't score, Reggie Moore filled his stat line with seven assists and three steals in 24 minutes, attempting just three shots.
"What I was impressed with was Reggie Moore," Bone said. "Here's a guy that was on the Pac-10 all-freshman team last year, and he doesn't score a point, but he has seven assists, no turnovers and was very involved in the game. Scoring was not a priority for him tonight because he got other guys the ball that were scoring. I think that's really important for our team's success, that unselfish attitude."
Darin Stewart led the Warriors with 12 points, while David Johnson a junior was one basket shy with 10 points. The top two rebounders for the Warriors were the two juniors, Donte Roberts and Devon Adams, both grabbing four boards.
WSU opens the regular season Saturday, Nov. 13 against Southern (La.) at 5 p.m. at Friel Court.