Jan. 7, 2011
COUGARS LOOK FOR WEEKEND SWEEP AGAINST DUCKS: After picking up its first Pacific-10 Conference win of the season Thursday, Washington State men's basketball (11-4, 1-2) looks to even its league record as it hosts Oregon (7-8, 0-3), Saturday, Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised live on FSN Northwest.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State is coming off an 84-70 victory over Oregon State in its Pac-10 home openers and is now 11-4 overall and 1-2 in league play.
Last weekend the Cougars opened Pac-10 play at L.A., dropping close contests to UCLA and USC, respectively.
Washington State is 5-1 at Beasley Coliseum, its lone setback, a 63-58 loss to then-No. 5 Kansas State, Dec. 3.
The Cougars are averaging 80.2 points per game in home games this season, 22.5 more than their opponents averaging 57.7 points.
Klay Thompson leads the Cougars this season with 22.7 points per game, leading the league, while ranking 10th in the nation.
Thompson also ranks in the league's top-five in 3-point field goals made, free throw percentage, assists, steals and 3-point field goal percentage.
First year player, junior college transfer, Faisal Aden is second and the team and seventh in the Pac-10 with 15.4 points per game.
DeAngelo Casto is close to double figures with 9.6 points per game while leading the team with 5.9 rebounds per game (17th in the Pac-10).
Point guard Reggie Moore, who missed the Cougars' first five games with a left wrist injury, is adding 8.0 points per game, along with 4.1 assists.
Forward/center Brock Motum leads the league in field goal percentage with a .658 clip...he's tied for fourth on the team with 8.0 points per game.
AGAINST THE DUCKS:
Washington State trails the all-time series against Oregon 157-122.
The Ducks have won the last three meetings, all three last season.
The two teams have met nine times in the last three seasons, three in each of the last three seasons.
The Cougars had won six-straight over the Ducks until last season's Pac-10 opener Dec. 31 at Pullman.
The last time the two teams met in Pullman, in a heartbreaking game, the Cougars fell to the Ducks, 91-89 in double-overtime.
Klay Thompson led the team with 33 points, reaching 20 points for the 11th time in the Cougars' 13 games this season...he reached 30-plus points for the third time this season.
Thompson got fouled on three 3-point attempts, compiling nine of his 15 free throw attempts...finished 19-for-21 from the free throw line...his 19 free throws are a career high, as are his 21 free throw attempts.
DeAngelo Casto finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds, recording his fourth double-double of the season and his career.
WSU played its second-consecutive overtime game...first back-to-back overtime games since 1981-82...WSU defeated No. 16 UCLA in three overtimes (Jan. 2, 1982) and fell to USC in one overtime (Jan. 4, 1982).
The Cougars' overtime loss marked its first in OT since Feb. 2, 2008 to Stanford at home (had won four-straight in OT).
The game was WSU's first double overtime game since March 8, 2008.
WSU didn't lead in the game until 4:45 to go in the first overtime.
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 96-52 overall and 39-36 in conference play over the last three years and this season.
UCLA has the best four-year record at 115-42 overall and 54-21 in league play.
The Cougars need just two wins to catch up to second-ranked Washington and four 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 1,363 points and currently ranks 10th 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 22.7 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 AMONG NATION'S LEADING SCORERS:
With 22.7 points this season Klay Thompson leads the Pac-10 and ranks 10th in the nation in scoring.
Thompson is also 30th in 3-point field goal percentage (.437) and 17th in 3-point fields goals per game (3.0).
The other category Thompson ranks in the top-100 is steals per game at 71st.
DOUBLING UP IN A HALF:
Klay Thompson is dominating not just games, but halves over his career.
In his career Klay Thompson has had 62 halves with at least 10 points, 32 times in the first half and 30 in the second half.
He has scored 15 or more points in 21 halves, 10 in the first and 11 in the second.
Thompson has scored 20-plus points in a half five times, three in the first half, two in the second half.
In 17 games Thompson has scored in double figures in both halves, three as a freshman, eight as a sophomore and six so far as a junior.
This season Thompson has scored in double figures in 17 halves, tying his freshman total and 11 shy of his sophomore total.
Faisal Aden (nine halves), DeAngelo Casto (two halves), Brock Motum (two halves), Reggie Moore (one half) 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.
LAST TIME OUT:
Washington State picked up its first Pac-10 win of the season in its first game at Pullman since Dec. 8 with an 84-70 victory over Oregon State Thursday.
For the second-straight game, Klay Thompson had a double-double with 29 points and 10 rebounds...third career double-double...tied his career high with 10 rebounds.
Thompson scored in double figures in both halves for the 17th time in his career and the sixth this season...he had 13 in the first half and 16 in the second...his 16 in the second marked the 21st time he's scored 15 or more in a half and the 11th time he did it in the second half.
Marcus Capers made a career-high eight free throws...attempted a career-high 12.
Capers was four points shy of his career high, two of his season-high and one of his Pac-10 high with 12 points.
Reggie Moore had a season high nine assists...three shy of his career high of 12 and one shy of a double-double (11 points).
Washington State's 18 assists are its most since dishing out 21 in its last game at Beasley Coliseum against Gonzaga, Dec. 8.
WSU out-rebounded OSU, 39-37, marking just the fifth time this season the Cougs have out-rebounded their opponent.
Washington State's 84 points are the most against Oregon State since putting up 84 in an 84-79 victory, Jan. 16, 1999 at Pullman...the Cougars have won seven of the last nine meetings.
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 NAMED WOODEN MIDSEASON CANDIDATE:
Klay Thompson is one of 30 midseason candidates for the 2010-11 John R. Wooden Award, The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Jan. 6.
Earlier this season, Thompson became the first Cougar to make the preseason list 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 midseason top-30 since Low went on to make the midseason cut that year.
This season's midseason list contains student-athletes from nine different conferences, including three from the Pacific-10 Conference. Thompson is joined by Isaiah Thomas (Washington) and Derrick Williams (Arizona).
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.