Nov. 18, 2009
COUGARS HOST MASTODONSM: The Washington State University men's basketball team concludes its three-game homestand as it hosts IPFW, Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at Friel Court.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
The Cougars enter the game 2-0 after their season opening victory over Mississippi Valley State (94-66, Nov. 13) and win over Eastern Washington (67-61, Nov. 16).
Sophomore Klay Thompson leads the team in scoring averaging 22.0 points per game...he scored 20 in his season debut and 24 in the Cougs' last contest.
Thompson's also been solid on the boards as he is tied for the team lead with 5.5 rebounds an outing...he also leads the team with 2.0 steals a game.
Redshirt sophomore Abe Lodwick is tied with Thompson with 5.5 rebounds a game after grabbing a career-high nine boards in the season opener.
Sophomore DeAngelo Casto is pitching in 17.0 points and 5.0 rebounds a game.
Reggie Moore, the freshman starting point guard, leads the team with 4.5 assists a game, adding 12.5 points per game.
Next up, the Cougars hit the road for five-straight games away from Pullman.
They start with three games at the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage, followed by road trips to Gonzaga and Kansas State.
ABOUT THE MASTODONS:
Located in Fort Wayne, Ind. and a member of the Summit League, IPFW is led by fifth-year head coach Dane Fife.
The Mastodons are 1-1 overall after falling at Wisconsin Nov. 15 and defeating Madonna, 86-57, Tuesday evening.
Deilvez Yearby leads the Mastodons with 20.0 points per game, having missed the season opener.
Jeremy Mixon is adding 15.5 points a game, having scored 14 points in just 18 minutes in IPFW's last game...he came off the bench in both games.
Antwone Snead leads IPFW with 8.0 rebounds an outing, adding 3.0 points.
According to the Webster Dictionary, a Mastodon is any of various extinct mammals of the elephant family existing from the Miocene through the Pleistocene that are distinguished from the related mammoths chiefly by molar teeth with cone-shaped cusps.
THE SERIES WITH IPFW:
Thursday's matchup is just the second all-time between the Cougars and Mastodons.
The only other meeting occurred Dec. 1, 2003, with WSU winning 66-46.
Thomas Kelati led the Cougars in that game with 18 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field, all beyond the 3-point arc.
IPFW's Ric Wyand led the Mastodons with 15 points on solid shooting from beyond the arc as well, as he went 4-for-6 from three.
WSU AGAINST THE SUMMIT LEAGUE:
WSU holds a 7-4 record against current members of the Summit League.
The Cougars have faced Southern Utah and Centenary both twice, having gone 2-1 against Southern Utah and 1-2 against Centenary.
The last current Summit League member WSU faced was Oral Roberts in the NCAA Tournament, March 15, 2007.
MORE ON MONDAY'S WIN OVER EWU:
Klay Thompson started the game 0-for-6 from the field, before making five of his next six shots...he led all scorers with 24 points.
DeAngelo Casto attempted a career-high 16 field goals, finishing with 16 points.
Freshman Reggie Moore has scored in double figures in both his games as a Cougar.
WSU improved to 53-11 all-time versus Eastern Washington...notched its third-straight victory over the Eagles.
First year WSU head coach Ken Bone improved to 5-5 all-time against EWU, after going 4-5 as head coach at Portland State.
After scoring 20 in the season opener against Portland, EWU's Benny Valentine was held to five points (two of them from the free throw line...was 1-for-7 from the field).
Redshirt freshman James Watson saw his first action as a Cougar, recording a blocked shots and three rebounds.
A NEW SEASON, A NEW KLAY:
After a tremendous freshman season, Klay Thompson has added a new dimension to his game.
Thompson has developed more of an inside game and has found ways to get to the hoop.
Through two games this season, Thompson has attempted 23 free throws...last year he shot 31 free throws the entire season.
In the season opener he shot nine free throws, marking the first time in his career he shot more than four in one game.
Last year through two games Thompson had yet to attempt a free throw.
He was averaging just 8.5 points per game through two games last year, compared to his 22.0 points per game average this year.
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
WSU is 36-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court.
The Cougars have won 33-straight November games in Pullman and are 38-1 (the loss came before the Cougars moved into Beasley Coliseum).
WSU's only loss in Pullman in November came against Colorado State, Nov., 30, 1963, by a score of 77-47.
TRUE FRESHMEN PUT TO THE TEST:
Reggie Moore became the second Cougar freshman to start a season opener in as many seasons.
Last season Klay Thompson became the first to accomplish that feat since Kyle Weaver started the season opener, Nov. 19, 2004.
Five current Cougars have gotten a starting nod as freshmen (Marcus Capers, DeAngelo Casto, Nikola Koprivica, Reggie Moore and Klay Thompson).
The last time two WSU freshmen started a game came March 17, 2009 when Marcus Capers and Klay Thompson started at Saint Mary's in the NIT.
COUGS SECOND-MOST WINNINGEST TEAM OVER LAST THREE YEARS:
Over the last four seasons (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10) the Cougars have the second-most overall and conference wins among Pac-10 schools. WSU is 71-33 (.683) overall and 32-22 in conference play over the last three years.
UCLA has the best three-year record at 91-20 (.820) overall and 44-10 in league play.
COUGS CONQUER THE GLOBE:
This summer the WSU basketball program had four team members represent their native countries in international competition.
Three Cougars participated in the FIBA U19 World Championships, as DeAngelo Casto and Klay Thompson brought home the gold for Team USA.
Brock Motum and Australia took fourth place.
Nikola Koprivica spent his summer representing Serbia for the second-straight year, this time in the World University Games, as the Serbians took home the gold.
Over the last three years, eight different Cougars have represented their respective countries nine times, with four of them having represented the United States.
Five of the Cougars' 16 players on the roster are left-handed on the basketball court (Anthony Brown, Marcus Capers, Nikola Koprivica, Abe Lodwick and Brock Motum).
Capers is only left-handed on the basketball court.
Last season the Cougars also had five lefties on their roster, but lost two following the conclusion of the season (Taylor Rochestie and Nick Witherill).