Dec. 31, 2010
WSU CONCLUDES 14-DAY ROAD TRIP AT USC: Washington State University men's basketball (10-3, 0-1) concludes its six-game road trip New Year's Eve as it takes on USC (8-6, 0-1) in Pacific-10 Conference action, Friday, Dec. 31 at 3 p.m. at the Galen Center. The game can be seen on FSN Northwest and West.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State fell to UCLA, 80-71, Wednesday in both teams' Pac-10 openers.
WSU is 10-3 overall and 0-1 in league play and receiving votes in the Associated Press Poll and the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll.
The Cougars have played three road games this season, at Fresno State (11/26), at Santa Clara (12/19) and at UCLA (12/29)...WSU is 2-1 on the road and 3-1 in neutral-site games.
Juniors Klay Thompson and Faisal Aden are sharing the scoring load, averaging 22.6 and 16.3 points per game, respectively...the sharpshooting duo account for two of the top five scorers in the Pac-10.
Thompson leads the team and is second in the league in assists per game with 4.2...he dished out a career-high nine assists against Idaho (Nov. 16).
Thompson is second in the league with 2.1 steals per game and third in 3-point field goals made with 36 total and 2.8 per game...he's second in the league in free throw percentage with an .833 clip.
Sophomore forward Brock Motum ranks fourth on the team with 8.6 points per game, while leading the league in field goal percentage with a .653 mark (47-for-72).
DeAngelo Casto, who missed two of the Cougars' games with a sprained foot, is adding 9.2 points and 5.8 rebounds an outing, while Reggie Moore scored 10 points in his first outing of the season against K-State (Dec. 3)...Moore is averaging 7.8 points a game.
AGAINST THE TROJANS:
The Cougars trail the all-time series 43-66 and 13-42 on the road...WSU is 3-1 all-time against USC at the Galen Center, the only loss Feb. 19, 2009.
WSU has won five of the last seven games at USC, falling in 2008-09 and 2005-06.
WSU has won 11 of the last 15 games between the Cougars and Trojans.
Last year at the Galen Center, WSU came back after trailing by 10 at halftime to defeat USC 76-70 at the Galen Center Jan. 21.
Reggie Moore and Klay Thompson combined for 41 of WSU's 76 points as Moore finished with a game-high 21 and Thompson added 20 points...the duo had 21 of WSU's 24 first-half points.
DeAngelo Casto led the Cougs on the boards with eight rebounds.
Marcus Johnson led USC with 16 points, joined by Dwight Lewis (13 points) and Mike Gerrity (10 points) in double figures.
Nikola Vucevic had a game-high 10 boards but just four points.
All 13 of Nikola Koprivica's points came in the second half.
WSU ON NEW YEAR'S EVE:
This season's game on Dec. 31 marks just the 14th New Year's Eve game in Washington State men's basketball history, but marks the second-straight season the Cougs will play on Dec. 31.
The Cougars have ended the year on a high note 10 times and are 10-4 on Dec. 31.
Last year WSU snapped a New Year's Eve winning streak that went back more than 80 years as the Cougars fell to Oregon in double-overtime in the Pac-10 opener.
COUGARS AMONG WINNINGEST TEAMS IN PAC-10:
Over the last four seasons (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10) the Cougars have the third most overall and fourth most conference wins among Pac-10 schools.
WSU is 95-51 (.655) overall and 38-35 in conference play over the last three years and this season.
UCLA has the best four-year record at 115-41 (.732) overall and 54-20 in league play.
The Cougars need just one win to catch up to second-ranked Washington and three conference wins to jump USC and tie with Washington for second.
THOMPSON MOVING UP SCORING LIST:
With 22 points at Oregon last season, Klay Thompson surpassed the 1,000-point for his career...he finished the season with 1,023 points.
He now has 1,317 points and currently ranks 11th on the Cougar all-time scoring list.
Thompson became the 31st Cougar to reach 1,000 career points and the third-fastest, accomplishing the feat in his 63rd career game.
The only two Cougars to do it faster than Thompson were Steve Puidokas (52 games) and Jim McKean (57 games)...Thompson surpassed Larry Beck who was previously third as he did it in 66 games.
If Thompson continues to average 22.6 points again this season, he will finish his junior year with at least 1,685 points, making him the third-leading scorer in Washington State history....Isaac Fontaine holds the school record with 2,003 points, while Steve Puidokas scored 1,894 in his career.
THOMPSON JOINS FONTAINE IN 20-PLUS POINT GAMES:
Klay Thompson has scored 20-plus points in WSU's last five games...if he can score 20-plus today, he will tie his career high for consecutive 20-plus point performances.
Last year Thompson scored 20-plus points in Washington State's first six games this season.
It marked 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.
SOME NOTES ON KLAY'S SCORING:
In his career Klay Thompson has scored 15 or more points in both halves three times, including twice this year.
He has scored 10 or more points in both halves 16 times, including five this year.
He has 59 halves with at least 10 points, 20 with at least 15 and five with at least 20...this year he's at 14-7-1.
He has 31 first halves with at least 10 points, 10 with at least 15 and three with at least 20...this year he's at 7-4-0.
He has 28 second halves with at least 10 points, 10 with at least 15 and two with at least 20...this year he's at 7-3-1.
THOMPSON FEASTS ON COMPETITION:
For the second year in a row, Klay Thompson captured Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for the week of the Thanksgiving holiday...this year the week was Nov. 22-28.
For the week, he averaged 28.5 points, while shooting 21-of-33 (.636) from the field, 5-of-10 (.500) from three-point range, and 10-of-12 (.833) from the free throw line...he also averaged 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the two contests.
This is the third honor for Thompson who becomes the first Cougar to earn a Player of the Week honor three times in his career...last year he became the first Cougar to earn the honors in back-to-back weeks as he was Pac-10 Player of the Week Nov. 23 and Nov. 30.
Four WSU student-athletes have earned the honor twice in their careers.
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 last week.
For the week, he averaged 19.5 points, 5.0 assists, 3.5 steals and 3.0 rebounds.
THOMPSON, ADEN EXCEL IN FIRST FIVE GAMES:
Through the first five games of the season Klay Thompson and Faisal Aden held the third and fifth-best scoring out puts by a Cougar in his first five games of the season since the 3-point line in 1986-87.
Thompson also holds the second spot after scoring 127 in the first five games of his sophomore season.
Aden has the second-most points by a Cougar in his first five games of his career, second to Neil Derrick who scored 111 in his first five games after transferring prior to his junior year.