In brief: Thompson’s 43 gives Cougs title
College basketball: Klay Thompson set a tournament scoring record with 43 points Saturday night as Washington State beat San Diego 93-56 to win the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage.
Thompson, a 6-foot-6 sophomore guard, was 16 of 24 shooting, including 8 of 13 from the 3-point line. The record for most individual points in a game was 41, set by Glenn Robinson of Purdue in 1993.
Thompson (shown above in Wednesday’s game) took over the game in the second half after San Diego started to threaten.
The Toreros trailed 39-32 at the break but started the second half strong.
San Diego was able to cut the Cougars’ lead to 45-43 at the 16:13 mark on strong inside play, six points combined from Clinton Houston and Chris Lewis and a 3-pointer from Devin Ginty.
But the Cougars (6-0) would outscore San Diego (4-2) 48-13 the rest of the way. Thompson took command, hitting six 3-pointers as Washington State took a 27-point lead, 78-51, with 5:35 left in the game.
He broke the scoring record on another 3-pointer, his last points of the night, at the 2:58 mark before sitting the rest of the game.
Well, someone’s going bowling
College football: The only team to lose to Washington State earned an automatic bowl bid on Saturday.
SMU defeated Tulane 26-21 at Dallas.
With the victory, the Mustangs (7-5, 6-2) are guaranteed to earn one of Conference USA’s six automatic bowl bids, their first since 1984.
SMU lost to Washington State 30-27 in overtime on Sept. 19 at Qwest Field in Seattle