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Release: 02/06/2009
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Feb. 6, 2009

     

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WSU CONCLUDES ROAD TRIP: The Washington State University men's basketball team (12-10, 4-6) looks to bounce back from its loss at Stanford Thursday as it takes on California (17-6, 6-4), Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. The game can be seen live on FSN.

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE COUGS:
• WSU fell at Stanford, 65-54, Thursday, Feb. 5.
Klay Thompson led the Cougars with 18 points.
Aron Baynes added 16 points and nine rebounds...is averaging 10.4 rebounds per game in the last eight games (83 total).
• The Cougars used their sixth different starting lineup of the season (Rochestie, Thompson, Harmeling, Casto, Baynes).
Klay Thompson tied his career high with three steals (all in the first half).
DeAngelo Casto moved into sole possession of second in the WSU Freshman Record books in blocked shots with 28.
• The Cougars shot 100 percent from beyond the 3-point arc in the first half (3-for-3)...first time this season.
• Cougars haven't won at Stanford since March 3, 2005.
• Stanford's .548 field goal percentage is the highest by a Cougar opponent this season...the Cardinal's .692 (9-for-13) 3-point field goal percentage is the highest by a WSU opponent this season.

A BRIEF LOOK AT THE LAST MEETING:
• The Cougars fell to California, 57-50, Thursday, Jan. 8 at Friel Court.
Taylor Rochestie led the Cougars with 19 points, leading the team in scoring for the second-straight game.
Klay Thompson added 14 points, including 12 of them in the first half.
• The Cougars held the nation-leading 3-point shooting Golden Bears to .357 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc...coming in California shot .505 from 3-point.

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.

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 (2)
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-22, 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 third among Pac-10 freshmen in scoring with 12.4 points per game and ranked 20th overall.
• Thompson is leading all freshmen in the conference with 33.3 minutes played per game.
• He is the only freshman ranked in 3-point field goal percentage in seventh with a .408 clip.
• He is also leading the Pac-10 freshman in 3-point field goals made with 1.9 per game, ranking fifth in the conference.
• Thompson is third among Pac-10 freshmen in blocks per game with 0.7 an outing ranked 10th overall.

COUG VETS IN RANKINGS TOO:
• Seniors Aron Baynes and Taylor Rochestie also rank in the tops in the Pac-10 in 10 different categories. Below is a look at where they rank.
Aron Baynes
Field Goal Percentage - 2nd (.592, 103-for-174)
Defensive Rebounding - t-4th (5.4 drpg)
Blocked Shots - 5th (1.1 bpg)
Rebounding - 5th (7.6 rpg)
Offensive Rebounding - 10th (2.2 orpg)
Scoring - 18th (12.5 ppg)
Taylor Rochestie
Minutes Played - 2nd (36.7 mpg)
Free Throw Percentage - 3rd (.894, 59-for-66)
Assist/Turnover Ratio - 3rd (2.0 a/t ratio)
Assists - 6th (4.7 apg)

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 151 points in WSU's nine Pac-10 games this season, averaging 15.1 points per game.
• He has led the Cougars in scoring in five of their 10 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 920 career points, Baynes needs a total of 80 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 16 of their 22 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 eight of its opponents' leading scorers to single-digit figures, including two in Pac-10 play (Collison and Cal's Jerome Randle-eight).
• 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 1,098 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 794 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).
• 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 98 appearances in the first 19 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.

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.

SOUTHPAW HEAVY:
• 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.

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.

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 freshmen...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.

FOUR COUGARS PLAY 100TH GAMES:
• WSU's game against USC Jan. 24 was the 100th of Caleb Forrest's career.
• The Cougars' game Dec. 21 at Idaho was the 100th game of Aron Baynes' career.
• WSU's Dec. 6 game against Baylor was the 100th game of Daven Harmeling's career.
• WSU's Nov. 21 game against Sacramento State marked the 100th game of redshirt senior Taylor Rochestie's career.
• Rochestie played 28 games as a freshman at Tulane.

COUGARS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS:
• Five of WSU's opponents this season are ranked in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Polls, including the No. 5 team in the country, Pittsburgh.
•Two others are receiving votes.
• Pittsburgh (5), UCLA (15/12), Gonzaga (18), Washington (22/25) and Arizona State (24/23)...USC and LSU are receiving votes in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today Polls...Arizona is receiving votes in the AP poll and Baylor is getting votes in the ESPN/USA Today Poll.
• WSU got its first win over a ranked opponent this season, defeating No. 14 Arizona State, Jan. 29 in Tempe.

UWSP COURT NAMED IN HONOR OF BENNETTS:
• UW-Stevens Point will honor former Pointer coaches Dick Bennett and Jack Bennett by naming the men's basketball court "Bennett Court."
• The naming ceremony will take place Feb. 7 at halftime of the UW-Stevens Point vs. UW -Superior men's basketball game.
• 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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