Jan. 30, 2009
COUGARS TAKE ON WILDCATS SATURDAY MORNING: Fresh off a win over 14th-ranked Arizona State, the Washington State University men's basketball team (12-8, 4-4) heads to Tucson to take on Arizona (13-8, 3-5), Saturday, Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. PST at the McKale Center. The game can be seen regionally on CBS.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE COUGS:
The Cougars defeated No. 14 Arizona State, 65-55, Thursday, Jan. 29 at Wells Fargo Arena.
Klay Thompson scored a career-high 28 points...previous best was 19 against Mississippi State (Nov. 28).
Thompson's eight 3-pointers are the most by a Cougar this season...the school record is nine done four times (last Derrick Low vs. Oregon, Jan. 27, 2007).
It was Thompson's best 3-point field goal percentage this season when making at least two (.800)...previous was .667 (2-for-3) against California...was .600 (3-for-5) against USC.
His eight 3-pointers is a WSU freshman record...his 28 points are tied for third-most by a WSU freshman.
Thompson's 10 field goals made ties the WSU freshman record.
Aron Baynes and Klay Thompson became the first Cougar duo this season to score 20-plus points...Baynes finished with a season-high 22...first duo to score 20-plus since Taylor Rochestie (24) and Derrick Low (21) at Oregon State, Feb. 14, 2008.
Taylor Rochestie added 11 points and four assists, all his points in the final six and a half minutes of the game.
The Cougars got their first win over a top-25 opponent since defeating No. 15 Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament March 22, 2008...first road win over a top-25 win since defeating No. 24 Arizona State Jan. 26, 2008...first win over a ranked opponent when WSU wasn't ranked since defeating No. 7 Arizona, Jan. 6, 2007.
Mike Harthun saw his first action since playing two minutes against Washington (Jan. 5)...just the third time all season he's appeared in the first half.
A BRIEF LOOK AT LAST SEASON:
Arizona swept the series season last year with victories in both Tucson and Pullman.
In the first meeting, the Wildcats handed the sixth-ranked Cougars their second loss of the season, 76-64.
The 12-point loss was WSU's first double-digit loss in Pac-10 play under Tony Bennett.
Daven Harmeling made his first and only start of the season and scored 13 points.
Aron Baynes and Kyle Weaver led the Cougars with 15 points each.
UA knocked down 12 three-pointers, three coming from Jerryd Bayless who led all scorers with 23 points. Chase Budinger hit four 3-pointers on his way to 22 points.
Arizona ended a four-game WSU win streak, defeating the Cougars 65-55, at Friel Court, Feb. 23.
Taylor Rochestie (14), Derrick Low (12) and Kyle Weaver (10) each scored in double figures.
Chase Budinger scored 22 points against the Cougars for the second time and Jerryd Bayless added 20.
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.
Rochesite 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.
WSU has made 61 of its last 63 free throws dating back to the last three free throws at Oregon State Jan. 15.
In the last four games the Cougars have gone 59-61 from the free throw line (dating back to Jan. 17 at Oregon).
MIXING IT UP:
The Cougars have used five 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 (10)
Rochestie Thompson Harmeling Forrest Baynes (4)
Rochestie Thompson Koprivica Forrest Baynes (2)
Rochestie Thompson Koprivica Casto Baynes (1)
Rochestie Thompson Capers Forrest Baynes (3)
Three different true freshmen have started for the Cougars (Thompson-20, Capers-3, Casto-1).
WSU FRESHMAN AMONG TOPS IN PAC-10:
DeAngelo Casto leads all Pac-10 freshmen in blocks per game with 1.4 and is third overall in the category.
Klay Thompson is second among Pac-10 freshmen in scoring with 12.3 points per game...he is 18th overall in the category.
Thompson is the only freshman ranked in the top-10 in minutes played...he's tied for 10th with 33.0 minutes played per game.
Thompson is the only freshman ranked in 3-point field goal percentage in 10th with a .409 clip.
He is also leading the Pac-10 freshman in 3-point field goals made with 1.9 per game, ranking sixth in the conference.
Thompson is third among Pac-10 freshmen in blocks per game with 0.7 an outing and is 10th overall.
COUG VETS IN RANKINGS TOO:
Seniors Aron Baynes and Taylor Rochestie also rank in the tops in the Pac-10 in 10 different categories. Below is a look at where they rank.
Field Goal Percentage - 2nd (.586, 92-for-157)
Blocked Shots - 5th (1.1 bpg)
Rebounding - 5th (7.2 rpg)
Defensive Rebounding - 5th (5.0 drpg)
Offensive Rebounding - 8th (2.2 orpg)
Scoring - 17th (12.4 ppg)
Minutes Played - 2nd (36.7 mpg)
Free Throw Percentage - 3rd (.905, 57-for-53)
Assist/Turnover Ratio - 3rd (2.0 a/t ratio)
Assists - 6th (4.7 apg)
FRESHMEN MARKING UP RECORD BOOKS:
Freshman DeAngelo Casto ranks tied for second in the WSU freshman class record book in blocks with 27...he is tied with Robbie Cowgill nine away from the freshman record of 36 set by Rob Corkrum in 1991.
With 246 points this season, freshman Klay Thompson ranks eighth in the WSU freshman class record books in scoring...he is four points from Gail Bishop in seventh with 250 points.
Thompson is third on the 3-point list with 38 3-point field goals...he is three 3-pointers shy of second held by Donminic Ellison (1994) with 41.
With 13 blocks, Thompson is matched with Aron Baynes for 10th on the list. He's one from eighth place (14), two from sixth place (15) and three from meeting Caleb Forrest at fifth place (17).
ROCHESTIE HEATS UP FOR PAC-10 PLAY:
Taylor Rochestie has scored 122 points in WSU's eight Pac-10 games this season, averaging 15.3 points per game.
He has led the Cougars in scoring in four of their eight conference games.
He's shooting .897 from the free throw line in the eight league games.
Rochestie scored 120 points in the Cougars first 12 games, averaging 10.0 points per game during nonconference play.
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 892 career points, Baynes needs a total of 108 more points this season to reach the milestone.
The Australian-native tallied 365 last season averaging 10.4 per game.
WSU CLAMPS DOWN ON LEADING SCORERS:
The Cougars have held 14 of their 20 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 eight of its opponents' leading scorers to single-digit figures, including two in Pac-10 play (Collison and Cal's Jerome Randle-eight).
The Cougars' opponents' leading scorers are scoring 30 percent less than their average points per game coming into the game.
A complete chart of each team's leading scorer and point information is on page five of today's notes.
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 the last two years at WSU, Rochestie has amassed 1,069 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 765 points as a Cougar after scoring 304 at Tulane.
Four of the five players that started the first 10 games for the Cougars 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.
A total of six freshmen saw action in the season opener for the Cougs (Marcus Capers, DeAngelo Casto, Charlie Enquist, Abe Lodwick, Klay Thompson, Nick Witherill).
Four of the freshmen are true freshman (Capers, Casto, Thompson, Witherill). The last time four true freshman played in the season opener was in 2004 (Josh Akognon, Robbie Cowgill, Daven Harmeling, Kyle Weaver).
Five or more freshmen have seen action in eight of WSU's 14 games.
Last season just two freshmen played for the Cougars, making a total of 20 appearances (one true freshman, one redshirt freshman).
This year seven WSU freshmen have combined for 91 appearances in the first 19 games.
Against Idaho State, Dec. 2 and Montana State, Dec. 13, seven freshmen and a total of eight first-year players saw action in each game.