Jan. 14, 2011
COUGARS LOOK FOR FIRST PAC-10 ROAD VICTORY AT STANFORD: After a heartbreaking, 88-81 overtime loss at California Thursday, Washington State men's basketball (12-5, 2-3) will look for its first Pacific-10 Conference road victory as it takes on Stanford (10-5, 3-1), Saturday at 5 p.m. at Maples Pavilion. The game is not on television, but can be heard on the Washington State IMG College Radio Network.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State is coming off an 88-81 loss at California in overtime and is now 12-5 overall and 2-3 in league play.
WSU is 6-4 away from Beasley Coliseum and 2-3 in true road games, having lost all three of its Pac-10 games on the road this season at UCLA (Dec. 29) and at USC (Dec. 31).
Klay Thompson leads the Cougars this season with 23.1 points per game, leading the league, while ranking ninth in the nation.
Thompson also ranks in the league's top-five in 3-point field goals made, free throw percentage, assists and steals.
First year player, junior college transfer, Faisal Aden is second on the team and ninth in the Pac-10 with 14.3 points per game.
DeAngelo Casto is close to double figures with 9.9 points per game while leading the team with 6.0 rebounds per game (12th in the Pac-10)...he also leads the team and league with 1.7 blocks a game.
Point guard Reggie Moore, who missed the Cougars' first five games with a left wrist injury, is adding 8.8 points per game, along with 4.1 assists.
Forward/center Brock Motum leads the league in field goal percentage with a .659 clip...he's fifth on the team with 7.6 points per game.
AGAINST THE CARDINAL:
Washington State trails the all-time series against Stanford, 68-57.
The Cardinal also leads the series at home, 39-21, having won the last five meetings at Stanford.
WSU has dropped nine of the last 12 meetings between the two teams, going back to March 10, 2005.
The Cougars last won at Maples Pavilion three head coaches ago, a 59-48 win by Dick Bennett's squad, March 3, 2005...Tony Bennett never won at Stanford as WSU's head coach.
All but two of the last 10 meetings between the two teams have been decided by single digits...two of them in overtime.
Last season at Stanford, WSU blew an 18-point lead with 11:44 to go for the 60-58 loss.
The Cougars led 44-26, before the Cardinal used a 10-0 run to pull within eight, 44-36, with 9:18 to go.
Stanford took its first lead of the half at 53-52 on a 3-pointer by Jeremy Green with 2:43 to go.
The Cougars trailed until a dunk by DeAngelo Casto tied the game at 58 with 12 seconds to go.
Green hit the game-winner jumper with four seconds to go for the victory.
Casto finished with 15 points, reaching double figures for the second-straight game...the first time in his career he's had back-to-back double figure scoring games.
Casto had his second-consecutive double-double adding a game-high 10 rebounds.
Klay Thompson led WSU with 19 points.
Nikola Koprivica had his 14th-consecutive game with a 3-pointer, was 1-for-4 from 3-point range.
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 97-53 overall and 40-36 in conference play over the last four years and this season.
UCLA has the best four-year record at 115-43 overall and 54-22 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 1,415 points and currently ranks seventh on the Cougar all-time scoring list...just eight points out of Bennie Seltzer's sixth spot.
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 23.1 points this season, he will finish his junior year with at least 1,715 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 22.3 points this season Klay Thompson leads the Pac-10 and ranks ninth in the nation in scoring.
Thompson is also 26th in 3-point field goal percentage (.439) and 10th in 3-point field goals per game (3.2).
The other categories Thompson ranks in the top-100 are steals per game at 96th and free-throw percentage at 72nd.
DOUBLING UP IN A HALF:
Klay Thompson is dominating not just games, but halves over his career.
In his career Klay Thompson has had 65 halves with at least 10 points, 33 times in the first half and 32 in the second half.
He has scored 15 or more points in 22 halves, 10 in the first and 12 in the second.
Thompson has scored 20-plus points in a half six times, three in the first half, three in the second half.
In 18 games Thompson has scored in double figures in both halves, three as a freshman, eight as a sophomore and seven so far as a junior.
This season Thompson has scored in double figures in 19 halves, tying his freshman total and nine shy of his sophomore total.
Faisal Aden (nine halves), DeAngelo Casto (two halves), Brock Motum (two halves), Reggie Moore (two halves) 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 fell at California in overtime, 88-81.
Klay Thompson tied the game at 74 with 15 seconds to go on a long 3-pointer, forcing overtime.
Thompson reached 30 points for the third time this season with 36 points...the most points by a Pac-10 player this season...his 36 points are both Pac-10 and season highs.
WSU played its second overtime game of the season...moved to 1-1 this season and 1-3 under second-year head coach Ken Bone in OT.
DeAngelo Casto had his second double-double of the season and the ninth of his career with 11 points and 11 rebounds...his 11 rebounds are a season-high.
Thompson's 12 field goals mark his Pac-10 high...he was perfect from the free throw line for the eighth time this season (7-for-7).
Patrick Simon scored a personal Pac-10 high eight points.
The Cougars trailed at the half for the seventh time this season...are now 3-4 this season when trailing at the half.
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.
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
With its win Nov. 30, WSU finished the month 40-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court.
The Cougars have won 40-straight November games in Pullman and are 42-1 (the loss came before the Cougars moved into Beasley Coliseum).
WSU's only loss in Pullman in November came against Colorado State, Nov., 30, 1962, by a score of 77-47.
COUGARS GET EARLY RUN ON HORNETS:
The Cougars opened the game with a 27-0 run as they defeated Sacramento State, 84-36 Tuesday, Nov. 30 at Beasley Coliseum.
WSU held Sacramento State to .319 (15-for-47) shooting from the field and .067 (1-for-15) from beyond the 3-point arc.
WSU's 48-point margin of victory ties for third most since 1945...the largest was 54 points against Delaware in 1989.
Sacramento State's 15 first-half points are tied for 15th fewest points in a half (first or second half) since the 1968-69 season (when WSU joined the Pac-8).
COUGARS PICKED TO FINISH FIFTH:
WSU was chosen to finish fifth in the Pacific-10 Conference in 2010-11, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 basketball.
2010-11 Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Poll
1. Washington (33) 348
2. Arizona (1) 296
3. UCLA (1) 281
4. Arizona State 215
5. Washington State 191
6. USC 178
7. California 151
8. Oregon State 120
9. Stanford 98
10. Oregon 47
First place votes in parentheses