Nov. 24, 2010
COUGARS PLAY FIRST TRUE ROAD GAME AT FRESNO STATE: Washington State University men's basketball will remain away from Pullman as it heads to Fresno, Calif., to take on Fresno State, Friday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. at Save Mart Center. The Cougars have won their last four road openers.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State is off to a 3-0 start after defeating Southern and Idaho at Beasley Coliseum, and Portland at KeyArena in the Cougar Hardwood Classic.
After a hot shooting night Tuesday against Portland, Klay Thompson now leads the Cougars and the Pac-10 with 24.3 points per game...he's adding 5.3 rebounds and 6.0 assists an outing.
Newcomer Faisal Aden has shown that he can help take some of the scoring load and ranks second on both the team and in the Pac-10 with 21.7 points per game.
DeAngelo Casto leads the league with 2.7 blocks per game and is adding 9.3 points per game.
Sophomore Brock Motum is chipping in 9.3 points on .800 shooting from the field.
Point guard Reggie Moore missed the first three games after aggravating a wrist injury...he is out indefinitely.
Head coach Ken Bone is in his second season with Washington State.
ABOUT THE BULLDOGS:
Fresno State is 1-2 overall with losses at BYU and at Santa Barbara...the Bulldogs won their only home game of the season, a 74-42 victory over Vanguard.
The Bulldogs have no players in double figures, but have seven players averaging over six points a game.
Greg Smith leads the Bulldogs with 8.7 points and 6.7 rebounds a game...he is shooting .769 from the field.
Tyler Johnson is adding 8.0 points, while Bennie Rhodes is adding 7.7.
COUGS AGAINST THE BULLDOGS:
This season marks the 11th all-time meeting between Washington State and Fresno State, as the Cougars hold a 7-3 mark.
The Bulldogs have won two of the last three meetings in 2003-04 and 1993-94.
The Cougars' last win came at home Dec. 23, 2002, a 69-66 victory.
Fresno State has won the last two road games.
WSU's last victory at Fresno State came Nov. 23, 1985, a 57-54 win.
Just one of the games between WSU and Fresno State have been decided by more than 10 points, the last matchup which resulted in a 46-29 Bulldog victory.
WSU AGAINST THE WAC:
WSU holds a 187-123 record against current members of the Western Athletic Conference.
New Mexico State is the only current WAC member that WSU has never faced.
The Cougars have a winning record against every WAC team they've faced except Utah State, holding just a 1-7 mark against the Aggies.
Of the 309 games against WAC opponents, 265 have come against the Vandals.
YOUNG BUT EXPERIENCED:
Although there are no seniors on this year's Cougar squad, there is still a wealth of experience amongst the team.
Heading into the season this year's team had a total of 333 games played between them, including 184 starts.
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 88-48 (.634) overall and 38-34 in conference play over the last three years and this season.
UCLA has the best four-year record at 109-37 (.741) overall and 53-20 in league play.
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 Portland, 84-68, Tuesday, Nov. 23 in the Cougar Hardwood Classic at Seattle's KeyArena.
Klay Thompson led the team with 35 points, while Faisal Aden chipped in 21 points.
Thompson surpassed Thomas Kelati on the WSU all-time scoring list and now ranks 20th...he came in ranked tied for 24th...he now has 1,096 points.
Thompson led the Cougars with 35 points...his most since scoring 43 against San Diego (Nov. 28, 2009).
Thompson scored a Cougar Hardwood Classic record 35 points (previous was his 26 points last year).
The Cougars shot .633 (19-for-30) in the first half...their best first-half clip since shooting .654 at California last season.
Thompson made his first four shots, the Cougars first four attempts of the game...WSU started the game making nine of its first 12 attempts in the first seven and a half minutes...he shot .813 (13-for-16) from the field, his highest field goal percentage of his career.
The Cougars improved to 6-0 in the Cougar Hardwood Classic.
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 1,096 points and currently ranks 20th on the Cougar all-time scoring list...he rose from tied for 24th to 20th after scoring 35 against Portland Tuesday.
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 averages 19.6 points again this season, he will finish his junior year with at least 1,632 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.
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.