March 4, 2009
WSU CONCLUDES PAC-10 SEASON AT WASHINGTON: The Washington State University men's basketball team (16-13, 8-9) will conclude its Pacific-10 Conference regular season as it heads to Seattle take on cross-state rival Washington (23-7, 13-4), Saturday, March 7 at 2:30 p.m. The game can be seen live on FSN.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE COUGS:
WSU upset No. 14/11 Arizona State, 51-49 in overtime, Saturday, Feb. 28 at Friel Court on `Senior Day.'
Taylor Rochestie hit the game-winning 3-pointer with three seconds to go in overtime with WSU trailing 49-48.
Klay Thompson led the Cougars with 17 points and seven rebounds.
Aron Baynes added 11 points and five rebounds, while Rochestie finished with nine points, six boards and five assists.
WSU's first five baskets were scored by five different players (Forrest, Rochestie, Baynes, Thompson, Casto).
WSU has won its last three games over ranked opponent (No. 14 Arizona State, No. 20/15 UCLA, No. 14/11 Arizona State).
The Cougars got their first win over a ranked opponent at home since defeating No. 23 USC, 88-86 in double overtime, also on senior day, March 3, 2007.
With his three 3-pointers Saturday, Klay Thompson took sole possession of the WSU freshman 3-point record...he now has 65.
The Cougars held the Pac-10's leading scorer, James Harden to 13 points...he was averaging 21.1 points per game.
Klay Thompson led the Cougars in scoring with 17 points, for the 11th time this season.
For the third-straight year, the Cougars played an overtime game on `Senior Day.'
WSU played just its second overtime game of the season...won previous game 61-57 at Oregon State, Jan. 15.
Thompson missed his first free throw of his college career (24-for-25).
The 10,712 crowd marks the second-largest attendance for a WSU home game this season.
Arizona State did not score any second-chance points and had just one offensive rebound.
A BRIEF LOOK AT THE LAST MEETING:
The Cougars fell to Washington, 68-48, Sat. Jan. 3 at Friel Court in the teams' Pac-10 opener.
Taylor Rochestie led the Cougars with 12 points and Aron Baynes added 11 points.
The loss was the Cougars' first to the Huskies in eight games...had won seven-straight dating back to the 2005-06 season.
WSU trails the all-time series to the UW, 90-168....61-70 at Pullman.
The Cougars fell to 11-20 all-time in Pacific-10 Conference openers and 4-5 against the Huskies in openers...3-2 when opening the season with UW at home.
Aron Baynes was perfect from the floor in the first half, 3-for-3 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free throw line.
WSU had a season-low 20 rebounds.
The Cougars tied a then season low with two 3-pointers.
WSU FRESHMEN AMONG TOPS IN PAC-10:
DeAngelo Casto leads all Pac-10 freshmen in blocks per game with 1.3 and is third overall in the category.
Klay Thompson is ranked in five different categories in the Pac-10. Below is a look at where he ranks among freshmen and overall in the league.
3-point FG Made - 1st-freshmen; 4th-overall (2.2 3pg)
3-point FG Pct. - 1st-freshmen; 7th-overall (.430)
Minutes Played - 1st-freshmen; 10th-overall (33.9 mpg)
Scoring - 2nd-freshmen; 20th-overall (13.1 ppg)
Blocked Shots - 3rd-freshmen; 10th-overall (0.6 bgp)
COUG VETS IN RANKINGS TOO:
Seniors Aron Baynes and Taylor Rochestie also rank in the tops of the Pac-10 in 10 different categories. Below is a look at where they rank.
Blocked Shots - 4th (1.1 bpg)
Field Goal Percentage - 5th (.566, 128-for-226)
Rebounding - 5th (7.3 rpg)
Defensive Rebounding - 5th (5.3 drpg)
Minutes Played - 2nd (37.2 mpg)
Assist/Turnover Ratio - 3rd (2.0 a/t ratio)
Free Throw Percentage - 2nd (.886, 78-for-88)
Assists - 4th (4.7 apg)
3-point Field Goals Made - t-8th (1.9 made pg)
Scoring - 19th (13.3 ppg)
AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS:
The Cougars are 45-206 all-time against the Associated Press Top-25....they are 37-194 against teams ranked in the top 20.
The Huskies are ranked 16th in this week's Associated Press Poll...the Cougars are 4-6 all-time against the No. 16 team in the AP Poll.
WSU's last meeting with No. 16 was also against Washington, a 77-64 victory, Feb. 4, 2006.
Below is a look at the Cougars' matchups against the 16th-ranked team:
Feb. 18, 1955 vs. Oregon State (L, 73-61)
Feb. 19, 1955 vs. Oregon State (W, 68-66)
Jan. 23, 1971 vs. Oregon (L, 95-68)
Jan. 2, 1982 vs. UCLA (W, 57-51, 3OT)
Feb. 18, 1990 vs. Oregon State (L, 83-63)
Feb. 28, 1991 vs. UCLA (L, 99-91)
Feb. 6, 1992 at USC (L, 75-62)
March 12, 1994 vs. California (W, 94-82)
Feb. 5, 1995 at Arizona State (L, 87-60)
Feb. 4, 2006 vs. Washington (W, 77-64)
Two of WSU's three wins over ranked opponents this season have come on the road (at No. 14 Arizona State, at No. 20 UCLA).
The Cougars have won their last three games they've played against ranked opponents.
WSU's three straight wins over ranked opponents are its most consecutive wins over ranked foes in a season.
The Cougars won against three consecutive ranked opponents they faced in the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons. (March 12, 1994 vs. No. 16 California; Jan. 5, 1995 vs. No. 17 California; Jan. 7, 1995 vs. No. 23 Stanford).
WSU is 3-4 against ranked opponents this season (losses to No. 4 Pittsburgh, No. 4 Gonzaga, No. 24 Baylor, No. 13 UCLA and wins over No. 14 Arizona State, No. 20 UCLA and No. 14 Arizona State).
COUGS SECOND-MOST WINNINGEST TEAM OVER LAST THREE YEARS:
Over the last three seasons (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09) the Cougars have the second-most overall and conference wins among Pac-10 schools.
WSU is 68-30 (.694) overall and 32-21 over the last three years.
UCLA has the best three-year record at 87-17 (.837) overall and 42-10 in league play.
Below is a look at where the teams rank since 2006-07 (games through Tuesday, March 3):
Team: Overall, Conference
UCLA: 87-17 (.837), 42-10
Washington State: 68-30 (.694), 32-21
Stanford : 62-32 (.660), 28-24
USC: 62-36 (.633), 29-23
Washington: 58-37 (.611), 28-25
Arizona: 57-37 (.606), 27-25
Oregon: 55-42 (.567), 22-30
California: 54-41 (.568), 22-30
Arizona State: 50-42 (.543), 21-31
Oregon State: 30-60 (.333), 10-42
GOING THE DISTANCE:
Taylor Rochestie has played 1,080 minutes in WSU's 29 games this season, averaging 36.6 minutes.
The senior has played all but 90 of the Cougars' 1,170 possible minutes this season.
In Pac-10 play Rochestie is averaging 39.9 minutes per game, playing in 678 of a possible 690 minutes.
Rochestie has played 10 complete games, including two 45-minute overtime games.
BAYNES EYEING 1,000 POINTS:
Senior center Aron Baynes is looking to become the 30th player in Washington State history to score 1,000 points in his WSU career.
Now with 987 career points, Baynes needs a total of 13 more points this season to reach the milestone.
The Australian-native tallied 365 last season averaging 10.4 per game.
FRESHMEN MARKING UP RECORD BOOKS:
Freshman DeAngelo Casto has swatted his way onto the WSU freshman class blocks list.
Fellow true freshman Klay Thompson is on his way to leaving his mark on a number of categories on the freshman class list.
Thompson is on the lists for scoring, 3-point shooting, blocks, field goals and rebounding.
A complete list can be found on page five.
SENIORS, BENNETT DEFEAT ALL NINE PAC-10 FOES:
With WSU's win over UCLA Saturday, Feb. 21, this year's senior class (Baynes, Forrest, Harmeling, Rochestie) defeated all nine other Pac-10 schools.
This year's senior class is the 10th Cougar senior class to accomplish the feat and the first since 1989.
Third-year head coach Tony Bennett has also defeated all nine Pac-10 opponents at least once in his time as head coach at WSU.
WSU CLAMPS DOWN ON LEADING SCORERS:
The Cougars have held 19 of their 29 opponents' leading scorers below their average points per game.
Thursday, Jan. 22 WSU held UCLA's Darren Collison to eight points...he was averaging 14.9 per game on the season.
WSU has held nine of its opponents' leading scorers to single-digit figures, including three in Pac-10 play (Collison, Cal's Jerome Randle-eight and Oregon's Tajuan Porter-seven).
The Cougars' opponents' leading scorers are scoring about 23 percent less than their average points per game coming into the game.
THOMPSON SETS FRESHMAN RECORD:
At Arizona State Thursday, Jan. 29, Klay Thompson set a WSU Freshman Record, tied another and recorded three other top-five freshman performances.
Thompson's eight 3-pointers marked a WSU freshman single-game record....the previous record was seven set by Bennie Seltzer against Texas Southern, Dec. 9, 1989.
His 10 made field goals tied the freshman record accomplished by Steve Puidokas twice during the 1973-74 season and once by Mark Hendrickson during the 1992-93 campaign.
Thompson's 28 points are tied for the third most by a WSU freshman in a single game and are the most by a Cougar freshman in a Pac-10 game. Isaac Fontaine holds the record with 33 against Michigan State, Nov. 27, 1993.
Thompson also recorded top five marks for single-game field goal attempts (17, tied for fifth) and 3-point field goal attempts (10, tied for fifth).
MORE ON THOMPSON'S 3-POINT PERFORMANCE:
Thompson's eight 3-pointers falls one shy of the WSU record of nine reached three times, last by Derrick Low against Oregon, Jan. 27, 2007.
His eight 3-pointers are also the most by an Arizona State opponent since Jeff Lauritzen of Indiana State also had eight on Dec. 1, 1988.
Thompson's eight 3-pointers are the most made by a Cougar this season...previous high was five accomplished twice, once by Thompson and once by Taylor Rochestie.
Thompson started the game going 7-for-7 from beyond the 3-point arc.
His single-game 80.0 3-point percentage is tied for the 18th best in NCAA Division I this season...the minimum is seven made 3's.
Thompson is also tied for 22nd in the country for most 3-pointers made in the game with his eight.
MIXING IT UP:
The Cougars have used six different starting lineups this season.
Last year head coach Tony Bennett used just three different starting lineups, including an all-senior lineup on `Senior Day'.
Here is a list at the different starting lineups.
Rochestie Thompson Koprivica Harmeling Baynes (11)
Rochestie Thompson Harmeling Forrest Baynes (5)
Rochestie Thompson Koprivica Forrest Baynes (5)
Rochestie Thompson Capers Forrest Baynes (5)
Rochestie Thompson Koprivica Casto Baynes (1)
Rochestie Thompson Harmeling Casto Baynes (1)
Rochestie Thompson Capers Harmeling Baynes (1)
Three different true freshmen have started for the Cougars (Thompson-29, Capers-6, Casto-2).
ROCHESTIE SCORES 1,000TH CAREER POINTS:
Redshirt senior Taylor Rochestie scored the 1,000th points of his career, Thursday, Jan. 15 at Oregon State.
His first bucket of the game at the 12:22 mark in the first half put him at 1,001 career points.
Between his freshman season at Tulane University and this three years at WSU, Rochestie has amassed 1,213 points.
After a junior season in which he tied Baynes for third on the team in scoring with 365 points, Rochestie will need 477 total points this season to get to 1,000 as a Cougar.
Rochestie has 909 points as a Cougar after scoring 304 at Tulane.
Four of the five players that started 11 games for the Cougars this season earned Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic accolades last season.
The only one of the five who didn't, Klay Thompson, was in high school last year.
Daven Harmeling and Taylor Rochestie earned first-team honors, while Aron Baynes and Nikola Koprivica picked up second-team accolades.
Harmeling is a three-time conference all-academic honoree, while Baynes has earned the honors twice.
THOMPSON OFFERS `FRESH' START:
With his start against MVSU Nov. 15, Klay Thompson became the first Cougar freshman to start a season opener since Kyle Weaver started against Montana State, Nov. 19, 2004.
He also became the first WSU freshman to start a game since Nikola Koprivica started against San Diego State, Dec. 21, 2006.
COUGARS SET FREE THROW RECORDS:
With a 28-for-28 performance from the free throw line Saturday, Jan. 17 at Oregon, WSU set a Pac-10 record for free throw percentage.
The previous record held by USC was set against Oregon, March 8, 2002.
The NCAA record is 34-for-34 set in 1981 by UC Irvine and in 1990 by Samford.
The Cougars broke the school record, bettering the 19-for-19 performance from the free throw line March 1, 1968 against Oregon.
WSU's 28-for-28 performance is the best in NCAA Division I this season, bettering Mississippi's 22-for-22 performance against South Alabama, Nov. 18.
Taylor Rochestie tied Marcus Moore for the WSU free throw percentage record, going 16-for-16 from the free throw line.
Moore set the record against Arizona State, Jan. 12, 2002.
Rochestie holds the second-best free throw performance in NCAA Division I this season...Jeremy Wise of Southern Mississippi went 19-for-19 from the free throw line, Dec. 18.
The Cougars had another perfect performance from the free throw line against USC Jan. 24, going 10-for-10 from the charity stripe.
Five of the Cougars' 16 players on the roster are left-handed on the basketball court. (Marcus Capers, Abe Lodwick, Nikola Koprivica, Taylor Rochestie and Nick Witherill).
Capers is only left-handed on the basketball court.
All five of the lefties are guards.
On top of that, Aron Baynes writes with his left hand, and can shoot with both.
The Cougars are led by a sharp-shooting left-handed point guard in head coach Tony Bennett.
ROCHESTIE NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Taylor Rochestie was named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 16-22.
Rochestie averaged 24.5 points, five rebounds, four assists and 1.5 steals in 39.5 minutes per game as 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 Feb. 21, 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...he 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 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).
HARMELING AND ROCHESTIE EARN ACADEMIC HONOR:
Seniors Daven Harmeling and Taylor Rochestie were named to the ESPN The Magazine District VIII All-Academic First Team as voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Harmeling has a 3.54 grade point average in health and fitness.
Rochestie has a 3.37 grade point average and is majoring in communication.
Harmeling received second team all-district honors as a sophomore in 2006-07...he is a two-time Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic First Team honoree.
Rochestie received Pac-10 All-Academic First Team honors last season as a junior.
Rochestie and Harmeling are the first Cougar duo to earn first team all-district honors in the same season.
COUGS AMONG YOUNGEST TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY:
With nine total freshman, WSU is tied with three other schools for the most freshmen on a roster in the country. The Cougs are tied with Presbyterian, High Point and The Citadel.
The Cougars' group of seven true freshmen is tied for the fourth most true freshmen on an NCAA Division I roster in the nation. Duquesne, Saint Louis and Iona each have eight true freshmen on their rosters.
WSU's seven scholarship freshmen also ties them for third in the country for most scholarship freshmen...Duquesne and Saint Louis each have eight scholarship freshmen.
Although freshmen-heavy, the Cougars older players make up for it. Among the youngest teams by average age, the Cougars rank 10th in the country with an average age of 19.87 years old. Arizona State (19.81 years old) ranks directly ahead of the Cougs, while Oregon (19.93 years old) is right behind WSU at 11th.
FOUR COUGARS PLAY 100TH GAMES:
WSU's game against USC Jan. 24 was the 100th of Caleb Forrest's career.
The Cougars' game Dec. 21 at Idaho was the 100th game of Aron Baynes' career.
WSU's Dec. 6 game against Baylor was the 100th game of Daven Harmeling's career.
WSU's Nov. 21 game against Sacramento State marked the 100th game of redshirt senior Taylor Rochestie's career.
Rochestie played 28 games as a freshman at Tulane.
COUGARS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS:
Six of WSU's opponents this season are ranked in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Polls, including the No. 3/4 team in the country, Pittsburgh.
Two others are receiving votes.
Pittsburgh (3/4), Arizona State (21), Gonzaga (14), LSU (12/11), Washington (16/13) , UCLA (20/17)...California is receiving votes in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today Polls...Arizona is receiving votes in the AP Poll.
WSU is also receiving votes in the AP Poll, having received four votes, one more than Arizona.
UWSP COURT NAMED IN HONOR OF BENNETTS:
UW-Stevens Point honored former Pointer coaches Dick Bennett and Jack Bennett by naming the men's basketball court "Bennett Court."