Nov. 28, 2010
COUGARS OPEN THREE-GAME HOMESTAND TUESDAY: Washington State University men's basketball (4-0) begins a three-game home stand to conclude its Pullman portion of the nonconference schedule as it hosts Sacramento State (2-3), Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State is off to a 4-0 start, 2-0 at home (Southern and Idaho), 1-0 at neutral-site games (Portland at Seattle) and 1-0 on the road (at Fresno State).
Juniors Klay Thompson and Faisal Aden are sharing the scoring load, averaging 23.8 and 23.3 points perspectively...the sharpshooting duo accounts for the top two scorers in the Pac-10.
Thompson also leads the league and the team in assists per game with 5.3...he dished out a career-high nine assists against Idaho (Nov. 16).
Aden leads the conference in 3-point fields goals made with 14 total and 3.5 per game...he's third in the league and leads the team in steals with 2.5 an outing.
Sophomore forward Brock Motum ranks third on the team with 9.8 points per game, while leading the league in 3-point percentage with a .800 clip (4-for-5).
DeAngelo Casto, who missed the Cougars' last game with a sprained foot, is adding 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds an outing.
Junior Marcus Capers leads the team and is sixth in the league with 7.8 rebounds a game, adding 6.5 points...he grabbed a career-high 15 boards in the season opener against Southern.
Point guard Reggie Moore missed the first three games after aggravating a wrist injury...he is out indefinitely.
ABOUT THE HORNETS:
Sacramento State is 2-3 overall with wins over Cal Poly and Bethany, both at home.
The Hornets are 0-1 on the road with a loss at North Dakota, Nov. 19.
Senior Sultan Toles-Bey leads the team with 14.8 points per game, along with 4.6 assists per game.
Fellow senior Duro Bjegovic is chipping in 12.2 points and a team-high 6.2 rebounds per game.
Sophomore John Dickson rounds out the double-figure scorers with 10.8 points per game.
COUGS AGAINST THE HORNETS:
This season marks the eighth all-time meeting between Washington State and Sacramento State, as the Cougars hold a 6-1 advantage.
The Cougars have won the last six meetings after the Hornets took the series opener, 45-44, Dec. 17, 1953.
All six of WSU's victories have come by double-figures.
In the last meeting the Cougars defeated the Hornets, 76-55, Nov. 21, 2008 at Beasley Coliseum.
WSU has not lost to Sacramento State at home, holding a 6-0 record at home.
WSU AGAINST THE BIG SKY:
WSU holds a 176-38 record against current members of the Big Sky Conference.
Northern Colorado is the only current WAC member that WSU has never faced.
The Cougars have a winning record against every WAC team they've faced and are undefeated against Northern Arizona (3-0), Portland State (7-0) and Weber State (1-0).
Of the 224 games against members of the Big Sky Conference, 107 of them have come against Montana.
WSU Ken Bone, former head coach at Big Sky member Portland State, holds a 5-3 record against the Hornets.
COUGARS LAST UNDEFEATED TEAM IN LEAGUE:
With a 4-0 start to the season, Washington State is the last remaining undefeated Pac-10 team.
Arizona suffered its first loss of the season Saturday when it fell to Kansas...the Wildcats were 5-0 before suffering their first setback.
California is the only other one-loss Pac-10 team at 3-1, while all but USC each have two losses...the Trojans are 4-3.
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 89-48 (.650) overall and 38-34 in conference play over the last three years and this season.
UCLA has the best four-year record at 109-39 (.736) overall and 53-20 in league play.
The Cougars need just one win to catch up to second-ranked Washington and two conference wins to jump USC and tie with Washington for second.
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
WSU is 39-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court.
The Cougars have won 39-straight November games in Pullman and are 41-1 (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 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
LAST TIME OUT:
The Cougars defeated Fresno State, 66-55, in their first true road game of the season at Fresno.
WSU trailed at halftime for the first time this season, but used a 10-minute field goal drought by the Bulldogs in the second half for the victory.
Junior Faisal Aden led the Cougars with a career-high 28 points on 6-for-12 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc and 11-for-22 from the field.
Fellow junior Klay Thompson added 22 points, 16 of them in the first half, chipping in five rebounds and three assists.
Brock Motum played a career-high 30 minutes and scored 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the field.
The Cougars held the Bulldogs to .212 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc (7-for-33).
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 1,118 points and currently ranks 20th on the Cougar all-time scoring list...he needs 29 points to tie Steve Harriel for 19th.
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 23.8 points again this season, he will finish his junior year with at least 1,760 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.