Jan. 16, 2009
WSU FACES OREGON SATURDAY MORNING: The Washington State University men's basketball team (10-6, 2-2) concludes its two-game road swing as it takes on Oregon (6-11, 0-5), Saturday, Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. at McArthur Court. The game will be televised live on FSN.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE COUGS:
The Cougars got their second-straight Pac-10 win with a 61-57 overtime victory over Oregon State in Corvallis Thursday.
Taylor Rochestie scored his 1,000th career points at the 12:22 mark in the first half...he now has 1,013 points between his freshman year at Tulane (304 points) and his three years at WSU...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.
A BRIEF LOOK AT LAST SEASON:
Last season the Cougars swept the season series with victories with three victories over the Ducks, a 69-60 victory in Pullman (Jan. 20), a 62-53 victory in Eugene (Feb. 16) and a 75-70 win in Los Angeles in the Pac-10 Tournament (March 13).
The victory in Pullman snapped the Cougars' 13-game losing streak to the Ducks and tied their best Pac-10 start in 25 years at 4-1 in conference play.
Derrick Low scored 27 points in the win on 10-for-16 shooting from the field (4-for-9 from 3-point).
In the second meeting in Eugene, WSU again snapped a streak, winning for the first time at McArthur Court in 13 years.
Taylor Rochestie led the team with 21 points, marking his second-consecutive 20-point performance. He went 4-for-8 from beyond the 3-point arc.
At the Pac-10 Tournament, the Cougars knocked the Ducks out of the tourney with their third-straight victory over Oregon.
Low led WSU with 18 points, while Rochestie added 16.
ROCHESTIE SCORES 1,00TH 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 1,013 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 709 points as a Cougar after scoring 304 at Tulane.
WSU FRESHMAN 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 fourth among Pac-10 freshmen in blocks per game with 0.8 an outing and is 10th overall.
COUG VETS IN RANKINGS TOO:
Seniors Aron Baynes and Taylor Rochestie also rank in the tops in the Pac-10 in nine different categories. Below is a look at where they rank.
Field Goal Percentage - 2nd (.611, 69-for-113)
Blocked Shots - 6th (1.1 bpg)
Rebounding - T-6th (6.5 rpg)
Defensive Rebounding - 8th (4.6 drpg)
Assist/Turnover Ratio - 3rd (1.8 a/t ratio)
Minutes Played - 3rd (35.1 mpg)
Free Throw Percentage - 5th (.872 34-for-39)
Assists - 7th (4.5 apg)
Points - 20th (11.6 ppg)
FRESHMEN MARKING UP RECORD BOOKS:
Freshman DeAngelo Casto ranks third in the WSU freshman class record book in blocks with 21...he is one shy of Stuart House in fourth (22), four shy of Carlos Daniel in third (25) and six away from Robbie Cowgill in second (27).
With 181 points this season, freshman Klay Thompson is 10 points shy of reaching the top-10 in the WSU freshman class record books....Mike Bush holds the 10th spot with 191 points in 1999.
Thompson needs one more 3-pointers to get on the list...he has 25, Marcus Moore is in 10th with 26 in 2001.
With 12 blocks, Thompson is just one from matching Aron Baynes for 10th on the list (13). He's two from eight place (14), three from sixth place (15) and four from meeting Caleb Forrest at fifth place (17).
ROCHESTIE HEATS UP FOR PAC-10 PLAY:
Taylor Rochestie became WSU's leading scorer this season with 11.5 points per game after putting up 21 against Stanford Jan. 10.
Rochestie has scored 66 points in WSU's three Pac-10 games this season, averaging 16.5 points per game.
He has led the Cougars in scoring in three of their four conference games.
Rochestie scored 12 against Washington (1/3), 19 against California (1/8), 21 against Stanford (1/10) and 14 against Oregon State (1/15).
He's shooting .480 from the field in the three league 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 824 career points, Baynes needs a total of 176 more points this season to reach the milestone.
The Australian-native tallied 365 last season averaging 10.4 per game.
Four of the five players that started the first 10 games for the Cougars 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.
Koprivica did not start three games, but was the Cougs' first substitution in all three games...Harmeling did not start the last three games.
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).
Five or more freshmen have seen action in eight of WSU's 14 games.
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 77 appearances in the first 16 games.
Against Idaho State, Dec. 2 and Montana State, Dec. 13, seven freshmen and a total of eight first-year players saw action in each game.
FALLING AT HOME:
Prior to WSU's game against Stanford Jan. 10, the Cougars had lost their last four home games (Dec. 6-Baylor, Dec. 10-Gonzaga, Jan. 3-Washington and Jan. 8-California).
The last time WSU lost four-straight at home was during Dick Bennett's first year as head coach for the Cougars, 2003-04.
In 2004 WSU fell to Arizona (Jan. 31), Oregon State (Feb. 12), Oregon (Feb. 14) and Stanford (March 4).
Like this season, two of the teams were ranked as Arizona was No. 9 and Stanford No. 1...this season Gonzaga was No. 4 and Baylor No. 24.
WINNING BY 20-PLUS:
This season four of the Cougars' nine wins have come by margins of victory greater than 20 points.
WSU's final two wins of the 2007-08 season were also by 20 or more points (61-41 over Notre Dame-3/22; 71-40 over Winthrop-3/20).
Prior to Nov. 28's 11-point win over Mississippi State, the Cougars had a margin of victory of 20 or more points in each of their last six wins, dating back to last season.
WSU's one-point victory over Stanford was its first single-digit win of the season...its four-point victory over Oregon State was its second...the Cougars had won by double-digits in each of its last 10 wins.
Five of the Cougars' 16 players are the roster are left-handed on the basketball court. (Marcus Capers, Abe Lodwick, Nikola Koprivica, Taylor Rochestie and Nick Witherill).
Capers is only left-handed on the basketball court.
All five of the lefties are guards.
On top of that, Aron Baynes writes with his left hand, and can shoot with both.
The Cougars are led by a sharp-shooting left-handed point guard in head coach Tony Bennett.
ROCHESTIE CANDIDATE FOR SENIOR CLASS AWARD:
Senior point guard Taylor Rochestie was named one of 30 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, Dec. 19.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award honors the attributes of college basketball seniors who remain committed to their university and pursue the many rewards that a senior season and complete college education bring.
A two-year starter, Rochestie ranked third on last season's team with 10.4 points per game and is third this year with 9.8...he was 10th in the country last year with a 2.81 assists/turnover ratio.
Last fall, Rochestie announced he would give up his scholarship for his senior season so that the Cougars could sign a fifth player to their early signing class...an extra scholarship opened up during the summer and Rochestie was awarded a scholarship for the season.
COUGS AMONG YOUNGEST TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY:
With nine total freshman, WSU is tied with three other schools for the most freshmen on a roster in the country. The Cougs are tied with Presbyterian, High Point and The Citadel.
The Cougars' group of seven true freshmen is tied for the fourth most true freshmen on an NCAA Division I roster in the nation. Duquesne, Saint Louis and Iona each have eight true freshmen on their rosters.
WSU's seven scholarship freshmen also ties them for third in the country for most scholarship freshme...Duquesne and Saint Louis each have eight scholarship freshmen.
Although freshmen-heavy, the Cougars older players make up for it. Among the youngest teams by average age, the Cougars rank 10th in the country with an average age of 19.87 years old. Arizona State (19.81 years old) ranks directly ahead of the Cougs, while Oregon (19.93 years old) is right behind WSU at 11th.
THREE COUGS PLAY 100TH GAMES:
The Cougars' game Dec. 21 at Idaho was the 100th game of Aron Baynes' career.
The senior played 28 games as a freshman, 26 as a sophomore and 35 as a junior.
He has started 69 of the 105 games he's played so far.
WSU's Dec. 6 game against Baylor was the 100th game of Daven Harmeling's career.
The redshirt senior played 26 games as a true freshman, one during his redshirt year, 33 as a redshirt sophomore, 32 as a junior and now 16 as a senior.
WSU's Nov. 21 game against Sacramento State marked the 100th game of redshirt senior Taylor Rochestie's career...he's now played in 113 games.
Rochestie played 28 games as a freshman at Tulane and has played 85 games at WSU.
The point guard has started 81 of his 113 games thus far, including 54 starts at WSU.