Nov. 25, 2008
PULLMAN, Wash. - Senior Taylor Rochestie put up 17 points for the second-straight game to help lead the Washington State University men's basketball team to a 67-41 victory over Canisius Tuesday evening at Friel Court.
Washington State (4-0) improved to 18-0 all-time in the month of November under third-year head coach Tony Bennett. The Cougars moved to 4-1 in the series against the Golden Griffins (1-2). WSU took advantage of 17 offensive rebounds for 12 second chance points, going on to win the battle on the boards, 44-27.
Rochestie led the team in scoring for the second-straight game. He was joined in double figures by freshman Klay Thompson with 15 points and seven boards and senior Daven Harmeling with 10 points off 2-for-3 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc. After hitting 15 3-pointers in Friday's win against Sacramento State, the Cougars looked to be on pace for double-figure three's for the second-straight game with five at the half, but were only able to convert on one in the second period to end with six.
Chris Gadley, Canisius' leading scorer on the season, was the lone Griff in double-figures with 13 points. The team's leading rebounder with 9.7 per game , Gadley was shutout on the class by the Cougs in the win. Helping shut things down on the glass for WSU were Aron Baynes and Caleb Forrest with eight and seven boards, respectively. DeAngelo Casto added six boards and tied Marcus Capers for game-high honors with two blocked shots.
Canisius scored first to open the game and moved on to a 9-7 advantage with 15:28 to go in the first half. From that point, the Cougars used a 24-0 run to take a 31-9 lead with just under five minutes to play in the half. WSU took a 39-15 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
Gadley scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half for Canisius, while the team combined for five 3-pointers, but the Gold Griffins couldn't come back from the deficit.
Washington State travels to Newark, N.J. to for the Legends Classic, Nov. 28-29. First up for the Cougars is Mississippi State (5-0), Friday at 2:30 PT at the Prudential Center.