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Feb. 13, 2009

     

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WSU HOSTS OREGON STATE SATURDAY: The Washington State University men's basketball team (13-11, 5-7) looks to maintain its momentum as it hosts Oregon State (10-13, 4-8), Saturday, Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. at Friel Court. The game will be televised live on FSN Northwest.

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE COUGS:
• WSU snapped its three-game losing streak with a 67-38 defeat of Oregon, Thursday at Friel Court.
Klay Thompson scored a game-high 25 points, hitting 5-for-6 from beyond the 3-point arc.
Taylor Rochestie added 16 points and five assists while shooting .833 (5-for-6) from the field.
Aron Baynes added 11 points and nine rebounds.
• Oregon's 38 points are the fewest allowed by WSU in Pac-10 play since holding California to 37 Jan. 14, 1988...third-fewest allowed overall this season...fewest points scored by Oregon this season (previous 52 at Arizona Jan. 8).
• The Cougars made their first five 3-point attempts (three by Thompson, two by Rochestie).
• At the 17:15 mark in the second half Thompson had outscored the Ducks, 17-15.
• Oregon's 15 first-half points are the fewest by a WSU Pac-10 opponent this season...previous was 17 also by Oregon in Eugene (Jan. 17).
• Thompson went 2-for-2 from the free throw line to remain perfect from the charity stripe as a Cougar (24-for-24).
• WSU's 29-point victory is the largest for the Cougars in Pac-10 play this season...second largest overall (largest is 51 vs. MVSU).
• Thompson, Rochestie and Baynes combined for 41 of the Cougars' 67 points.
• The Cougars shot a season-high .692 from 3-point (9-for-13).

A BRIEF LOOK AT THE LAST MEETING:
• The Cougars got their second-straight Pac-10 win with a 61-57 overtime victory over Oregon State in Corvallis Thursday, Jan. 15.
Taylor Rochestie scored his 1,000th career points at the 12:22 mark in the first half...finished with 14 points.
Aron Baynes recorded his first double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds...the fourth of his career.
• Freshman DeAngelo Casto got the first start of his collegiate career.
• Cougars played first overtime game of the season...first since double-overtime against Washington, March 8, 2008.
• Rochestie scored in double-figures for the seventh-straight game.
Daven Harmeling scored his first points since scoring three points at Idaho (Dec. 21)...first Pac-10 points of the season...hit first field goal since Idaho with a 3-pointer to tie the game at 50 with 1:50 to go in regulation.
• Cougars started game shooting 5-for-6 from the field (.883) to open the first half (until the first media timeout at 13:42).
Marcus Capers scored his first points since scoring four at Idaho Dec. 21...first Pac-10 points of his career.
Charlie Enquist saw his first action since playing four minutes against Montana State (Dec. 13)...the first Pac-10 appearance of his career...played eight minutes.
• The Cougars shot a season first-half-high .647 (11-for-17) from the field...previous best was .583 (14-for-24) against Montana State (Dec. 13).
Marcus Capers played 20 minutes...the second most minutes of his career...most is 26 against MVSU in season opener.

THOMPSON SETS FRESHMAN RECORD:
• At Arizona State Thursday, Jan. 29, Klay Thompson set a WSU Freshman Record, tied another and recorded three other top-five freshman performances.
• Thompson's eight 3-pointers marked a WSU freshman single-game record....the previous record was seven set by Bennie Seltzer against Texas Southern, Dec. 9, 1989.
• His 10 made field goals tied the freshman record accomplished by Steve Puidokas twice during the 1973-74 season and once by Mark Hendrickson during the 1992-93 campaign.
• Thompson's 28 points are tied for the third most by a WSU freshman in a single game and are the most by a Cougar freshman in a Pac-10 game. Isaac Fontaine holds the record with 33 against Michigan State, Nov. 27, 1993.
• Thompson also recorded top five marks for single-game field goal attempts (17, tied for fifth) and 3-point field goal attempts (10, tied for fifth).

MORE ON THOMPSON'S 3-POINT PERFORMANCE:
• Thompson's eight 3-pointers falls one shy of the WSU record of nine reached three times, last by Derrick Low against Oregon, Jan. 27, 2007.
• His eight 3-pointers are also the most by an Arizona State opponent since Jeff Lauritzen of Indiana State also had eight on Dec. 1, 1988.
• Thompson's eight 3-pointers are the most made by a Cougar this season...previous high was five accomplished twice, once by Thompson and once by Taylor Rochestie.
• Thompson started the game going 7-for-7 from beyond the 3-point arc.
• His 80.0 3-point percentage is tied for the 18th best in NCAA Division I this season...the minimum is seven made 3's.
• Thompson is also tied for 22nd in the country for most 3-pointers made in the game with his eight.

MIXING IT UP:
• The Cougars have used six different starting lineups this season.
• Last year head coach Tony Bennett used just three different starting lineups, including an all-senior lineup on `Senior Day'.
• Here is a list at the different starting lineups.
Rochestie Thompson Koprivica Harmeling Baynes (11)
Rochestie Thompson Harmeling Forrest Baynes (4)
Rochestie Thompson Koprivica Forrest Baynes (4)
Rochestie Thompson Koprivica Casto Baynes (1)
Rochestie Thompson Capers Forrest Baynes (3)
Rochestie Thompson Harmeling Casto Baynes (1)
• Three different true freshmen have started for the Cougars (Thompson-24, Capers-3, Casto-2).

WSU FRESHMEN AMONG TOPS IN PAC-10:
DeAngelo Casto leads all Pac-10 freshmen in blocks per game with 1.3 and is third overall in the category.
Klay Thompson is second among Pac-10 freshmen in scoring with 13.0 points per game and ranked 17th overall.
• Thompson is leading all freshmen in the conference with 33.1 minutes played per game.
• He is the only freshman ranked in 3-point field goal percentage at seventh with a .439 clip.
• He is also leading the Pac-10 freshman in 3-point field goals made with 2.1 per game, ranking fifth in the conference.

COUG VETS IN RANKINGS TOO: • Seniors Aron Baynes and Taylor Rochestie also rank in the tops of the Pac-10 in nine different categories. Below is a look at where they rank.
Aron Baynes
Field Goal Percentage - 3rd (.585, 110-for-188)
Defensive Rebounding - 4th (5.5 drpg)
Blocked Shots - 5th (1.1 bpg)
Rebounding - 5th (7.6 rpg)
Taylor Rochestie
Minutes Played - 2nd (36.6 mpg)
Assist/Turnover Ratio - 2nd (2.1 a/t ratio)
Free Throw Percentage - 3rd (.886, 62-for-70)
Assists - 6th (4.8 apg)
Scoring - 19th (12.8 ppg)

FRESHMEN MARKING UP RECORD BOOKS:
• Freshman DeAngelo Casto has swatted his way onto the WSU freshman class blocks list.
• Fellow true freshman Klay Thompson is on his way to leaving his mark on a number of categories on the freshman class list.
• Thompson is on the lists for scoring, 3-point shooting, blocks, field goals and rebounding.
• A complete list can be found on page five.

ROCHESTIE HEATS UP FOR PAC-10 PLAY:
Taylor Rochestie has scored 186 points in WSU's 12 Pac-10 games this season, averaging 15.5 points per game.
• He has led the Cougars in scoring in six of their 12 conference games.
• Rochestie scored 120 points in the Cougars first 12 games, averaging 10.0 points per game during nonconference play.

BAYNES EYEING 1,000 POINTS:
• Senior center Aron Baynes is looking to become the 30th player in Washington State history to score 1,000 points in his WSU career.
• Now with 941 career points, Baynes needs a total of 59 more points this season to reach the milestone.
• The Australian-native tallied 365 last season averaging 10.4 per game.

WSU CLAMPS DOWN ON LEADING SCORERS:
• The Cougars have held 17 of their 24 opponents' leading scorers below their average points per game.
• Thursday, Jan. 22 WSU held UCLA's Darren Collison to eight points...he was averaging 14.9 per game on the season.
• WSU has held nine of its opponents' leading scorers to single-digit figures, including three in Pac-10 play (Collison, Cal's Jerome Randle-eight and Oregon's Tajuan Porter-seven).
• The Cougars' opponents' leading scorers are scoring about 28 percent less than their average points per game coming into the game.
• A complete chart of each team's leading scorer and point information is on page five of today's notes.

ROCHESTIE SCORES 1,000TH CAREER POINTS:
• Redshirt senior Taylor Rochestie scored the 1,000th points of his career, Thursday, Jan. 15 at Oregon State.
• His first bucket of the game at the 12:22 mark in the first half put him at 1,001 career points.
• Between his freshman season at Tulane University and the last two years at WSU, Rochestie has amassed 1,133 points.
• After a junior season in which he tied Baynes for third on the team in scoring with 365 points, Rochestie will need 477 total points this season to get to 1,000 as a Cougar.
• Rochestie has 829 points as a Cougar after scoring 304 at Tulane.

STARTING SMART:
• Four of the five players that started 11 games for the Cougars this season earned Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic accolades last season.
• The only one of the five who didn't, Klay Thompson, was in high school last year.
Daven Harmeling and Taylor Rochestie earned first-team honors, while Aron Baynes and Nikola Koprivica picked up second-team accolades.
• Harmeling is a three-time conference all-academic honoree, while Baynes has earned the honors twice.

THOMPSON OFFERS `FRESH' START:
• With his start against MVSU Nov. 15, Klay Thompson became the first Cougar freshman to start a season opener since Kyle Weaver started against Montana State, Nov. 19, 2004.
• He also became the first WSU freshman to start a game since Nikola Koprivica started against San Diego State, Dec. 21, 2006.
• A total of six freshmen saw action in the season opener for the Cougs (Marcus Capers, DeAngelo Casto, Charlie Enquist, Abe Lodwick, Klay Thompson, Nick Witherill).
• Four of the freshmen are true freshman (Capers, Casto, Thompson, Witherill). The last time four true freshman played in the season opener was in 2004 (Josh Akognon, Robbie Cowgill, Daven Harmeling, Kyle Weaver).
• Last season just two freshmen played for the Cougars, making a total of 20 appearances (one true freshman, one redshirt freshman).
• This year seven WSU freshmen have combined for 112 appearances in the first 24 games.
• Against Idaho State, Dec. 2, Montana State, Dec. 13 and Oregon, Feb. 12, seven freshmen and a total of eight first-year players saw action in each game.

COUGARS SET FREE THROW RECORDS: • With a 28-for-28 performance from the free throw line Saturday, Jan. 17 at Oregon, WSU set a Pac-10 record for free throw percentage.
• The previous record held by USC was set against Oregon, March 8, 2002.
• The NCAA record is 34-for-34 set in 1981 by UC Irvine and in 1990 by Samford.
• The Cougars broke the school record, bettering the 19-for-19 performance from the free throw line March 1, 1968 against Oregon.
• WSU's 28-for-28 performance is the best in NCAA Division I this season, bettering Mississippi's 22-for-22 performance against South Alabama, Nov. 18.
Taylor Rochestie tied Marcus Moore for the WSU free throw percentage record, going 16-for-16 from the free throw line.
• Moore set the record against Arizona State, Jan. 12, 2002.
• Rochesite holds the second-best free throw performance in NCAA Division I this season...Jeremy Wise of Southern Mississippi went 19-for-19 from the free throw line, Dec. 18.
• The Cougars had another perfect performance from the free throw line against USC Jan. 24, going 10-for-10 from the charity stripe.

HARMELING AND ROCHESTIE EARN ACADEMIC HONOR:
• Seniors Daven Harmeling and Taylor Rochestie were named to the ESPN The Magazine District VIII All-Academic First Team as voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
• Harmeling has a 3.54 grade point average in health and fitness.
• Rochestie has a 3.37 grade point average and is majoring in communication.
• Harmeling received second team all-district honors as a sophomore in 2006-07...he is a two-time Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic First Team honoree.
• Rochestie received Pac-10 All-Academic First Team honors last season as a junior.
• Rochestie and Harmeling are the first Cougar duo to earn first team all-district honors in the same season.
• Both Harmeling and Rochestie are now eligible for a chance to become CoSIDA Academic All-Americans...the last Cougar Academic All-American was Carlos Daniel who was named to the third team in both 1997 and 1998.

UWSP COURT NAMED IN HONOR OF BENNETTS:
• UW-Stevens Point honored former Pointer coaches Dick Bennett and Jack Bennett by naming the men's basketball court "Bennett Court."
• The court naming in honor of the Bennetts for their dedication to basketball, leadership, and character is part of a recent successful campaign at UWSP aimed at showcasing the storied tradition of greatness in athletics and the Pointer basketball program.

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