Feb. 18, 2011
COUGS END DESERT STAY AT ARIZONA STATE:
Washington State men's basketball (17-9, 7-7) looks to rebound from Thursday's loss as it heads to Tempe, Ariz. to take on Arizona State (9-16, 1-12), Saturday, Feb. 19 at noon MT, 11 a.m. PT. The game at Wells Fargo Arena can be seen live on FSN Northwest and FSN Arizona.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State is currently 17-9 overall and holds sole possession of fourth place in the Pac-10 with a 7-7 league mark.
WSU is 4-5 on the road this season and 2-5 in Pac-10 play on the road this year...WSU has not swept a Pac-10 road series this year.
Klay Thompson leads the Cougars this season with 21.0 points per game, leading the league, while ranking 13th 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 15th in the Pac-10 with 13.3 points per game.
DeAngelo Casto is the third Coug in double figures with 11.3 points per game (20th in Pac-10) while leading the team with 6.4 rebounds per game (11th in the Pac-10)...he also leads the team and is second in the league with 1.7 blocks a game.
Point guard Reggie Moore, who missed the Cougars' first five games with a left wrist injury, and the game at Stanford due to a suspension, is adding 9.7 points per game, along with 3.7 assists (ninth in the Pac-10).
AGAINST THE SUN DEVILS:
The all-time series between Washington State and Arizona State is tied at 34-34.
The Sun Devils lead the series at home, 21-13...WSU has won three of the last four games at Tempe.
Last season ASU defeated WSU at Tempe, 71-46.
In the first meeting this year, the Cougs defeated the Sun Devils, 78-61.
DeAngelo Casto scored a career-high 25 points...marks the first time he's scored 20-plus points in his career...he added four blocked shots, tying his season high.
Casto made a career-high 11 field goals on a career-high 18 attempts...his previous highs were eight made and 16 attempted.
Klay Thompson tied his career high with nine assists...one assist and two rebounds away from the second double-double in school history with 22 points and eight rebounds.
Thompson tied his season high with five 3-pointers made.
Washington State shot a season Pac-10 best .517 (30-for-58) from the field and its best since also shooting .517 (28-for-49) against Baylor Dec. 23.
The Cougars out-rebounded their opponent for the first time in three games and the seventh time this season with 41 rebounds to the Sun Devils' 34.
All four of Marcus Capers' field goals came off dunks.
WSU's 17-point victory is its largest margin of victory since defeating Mississippi State by 26 points Dec. 22.
Faisal Aden didn't play due to a sore left knee.
THOMPSON BECOMES THIRD LEADING SCORER:
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 1,568 points and currently is third on the Cougars' all-time scoring list...he scored 30 points at Arizona (Feb. 17) to pass Don Collins who has 1,563 points.
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 21.0 points this season, he will finish his junior year with at least 1,660 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.
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 wins among Pac-10 schools.
WSU is 102-57 overall and 45-41 in conference play over the last four years and this season.
UCLA has the best four-year record at 124-45 overall and 61-24 in league play.
The Cougars need three wins to catch up to second-ranked Washington.
THOMPSON AMONG NATION'S LEADING SCORERS:
With 21.0 points this season Klay Thompson leads the Pac-10 and ranks 13th in the nation in scoring.
Thompson is also 25th in 3-point field goal percentage (.411) and 16th in 3-point field goals per game (2.9).
Thompson also ranks in the top-100 in steals per game at 60th.
Washington State currently ranks 12th in the nation and first in the Pac-10 with a .390 field goal percentage defense.
Just two WSU teams in the last 10 years has held an opponent to less than .390 shooting from the field at the end of the season.
In 2008-09, the Cougs led the nation in points allowed per game, but finished with a .387 field goal percentage defense, ranking 10th in the nation.
The only other WSU team to hold an opponent to a shooting clip under .400 was the 2005-06 squad that finished with a .389 mark.
WSU EQUALS 2009-10 WIN TOTALS:
With its victory over Oregon State, Feb. 5, Washington State improved to 16-7 overall and 6-5 in Pac-10 action.
The Cougars matched their win totals from last season, as they went 16-15 overall and 6-12 in league action a year ago.
Just four games ago WSU entered its game against Washington with its same record from a year prior, 14-6 overall and 4-4 in the Pac-10.
Last year the Cougs lost that game, 92-62, after holding a halftime lead.
This year the Cougs won the game, 87-80.
After going 4-5 in the first nine Pac-10 games last year, the Cougs went just 2-7 in the second half of league play to finish 6-12 in conference action.
The loss at UW last Jan. 30 contributed to a 2-10 record in WSU's final 12 games of the season.
This year Washington State was 5-4 during the first half of the Pac-10 season.
DOUBLING UP IN A HALF:
Klay Thompson is dominating not just games, but halves over his career.
In his career Klay Thompson has had 72 halves with at least 10 points, 36 times in the first half and 36 in the second half.
He has scored 15 or more points in 23 halves, 10 in the first and 13 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 20 games Thompson has scored in double figures in both halves, three as a freshman, eight as a sophomore and 10 so far as a junior.
This season Thompson has scored in double figures in 30 halves.
Faisal Aden (13 halves), DeAngelo Casto (six halves), Reggie Moore (four halves), Brock Motum (three 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 to No. 12/13 Arizona, 79-70, Feb. 17 at Tucson's McKale Center.
Klay Thompson led the Cougs with 30 points...first 20-point game since scoring 25 against Washington (Jan. 30)...fourth 30-plus point performance of the season and 15th 20-plus point performance of the season.
Thompson passed Don Collins and holds third on WSU's all-time scoring list...he now has 1,568.
Thompson tied his season high with five 3-pointers made.
For the first time since Jan. 30 against Washington (in five games), Thompson reached double figures in the first half...just the second time in the last nine games...11th time overall this season.
DeAngelo Casto's 14 points is tied for fourth-most all-time for WSU among birthday performances (Casto celebrated his birthday today)...tied for most against a Pac-10 foe.
Casto has reached double figures in nine of WSU's last 11 games.
Brock Motum had a personal Pac-10 high six rebounds...career high is seven done twice.
Twenty-four of Arizona's 79 points came from the free throw line...finished 24-for-26 from the free throw line.
WSU suffered its first sweep of the season, lost both to Arizona.
KLAY A CANDIDATE FOR SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR:
Klay Thompson was one of five candidates for the 2010 Male Sports Star of the Year presented by ROOT SPORTS, put on by the Seattle Sports Commission.
The award was given to Olympic speed skater Apolo Ono at the awards show held Jan. 26.
The Male Sports Star of the Year is awarded to a male athlete or coach for outstanding achievement in 2010 in a non-professional sport.
Also nominated for the award are University of Washington student-athletes Quincy Pondexter (basketball) and Mason Foster (football), and Olympic speed skaters Apolo Ono and J.R. Celski.