Nov. 14, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. - Klay Thompson led all scorers with 20 points as the Washington State University men's basketball team defeated Mississippi Valley State, 94-66, Friday in Ken Bone's Cougar coaching debut.
Thompson finished with 20 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. He made his way to the free throw line nine times, converting on eight of them. It marked the first time he's shot more than four free throws in a game.
"I think I've mentioned this before, that Klay's been doing a great job of attacking the glass in practice," Bone said. "We're trying to get him to be more of a multi-dimensional scorer, not just a shooter. He's continually getting better and better at that."
Three other Cougars scored in double figures as DeAngelo Casto scored 18 points, including 6-for-7 from the free throw line. Sophomore Marcus Capers and freshman Reggie Moore each chipped in 10 points. Moore dished out six of WSU's 20 assists.
Tashan Newsome led the Delta Devils with 14 points, while D'Angelo Jackson added 12 and Michael Mayo chipped in 11.
"Sixty-six points is a little bit more than I thought we would give up tonight," Bone said. "But they're an improved team, they're not the same team they were last year. They're quicker and they're a better shooting team and they hit some 3's tonight, but our defense was decent at times. I think the biggest issue is we're not used to guarding guys that quick."
WSU doubled MVSU's rebound total with 50 boards, 24 of them coming on the offensive end. Abe Lodwick led the Cougars with nine rebounds, six offensively. The Cougars' 24 offensive rebounds mark the most since also pulling down 24 rebounds against Washington, Jan. 31, 2003.
"I think everybody contributed to that (the rebounding), we had a lot of tip outs and just kept the ball alive, so I was able to get some (rebounds), Abe was able to get some, Charlie (Enquist) was able to get some," Casto said. "Even some of the guards came back and got some, so I think it was a good team effort on the glass."
The Cougars jumped out to a 9-0 lead as the Delta Devils got their first points at the 14:35 mark. MVSU pulled within nine points at 33-24 with 2:49 to go, before WSU used an 8-0 run in 1:17 to extend its lead to 17 at 41-24. The Cougs entered halftime with a 43-26 advantage.
The home team remained in control the entire second half as it went on for its third victory over Mississippi Valley State in as many seasons.
The 94 points scored by the Cougars mark the most they've scored since putting up 98 against Washington, March 1, 2003.
Washington State hits the court once again Monday, Nov. 16, to host Eastern Washington at 7 p.m. at Friel Court.
"I don't know much about them (Eastern Washington), but I think they'd be pretty fired up playing a Pac-10 school on the same side of the state of them.," Thompson said. "I think they'll be excited and we'll be ready for it."