Sports

Four Cougs score in double figures in victory

PULLMAN – Forty minutes into the season, Washington State sophomore guard Marcus Capers can already sense the difference from a year ago.

Klay Thompson doesn’t feel as much pressure to score. DeAngelo Casto has help in the paint. And Faisal Aden, a junior college transfer, seems poised to make a big splash.

“Last year it was pretty much on Klay,” said Capers after the Cougars’ 86-47 rout of Southern on Saturday night. “… I feel like this year, on any given night, we might have a different dude scoring or we might have a different set of five guys in double figures.”

Aden, a 6-foot-4 junior guard, showcased a quick release and nice ball skills in his WSU debut. He had a game-high 18 points – despite a 1-of-8 showing from behind the 3-point line – to pace the Cougars’ well-rounded offensive performance in front of 6,173 at Beasley Coliseum.

DeAngelo Casto chipped in 16 points off the bench in the season opener, including nine in a row in the second half, and Brock Motum matched a career high with 14 points.

Thompson, last year’s leading scorer, was an efficient 6 of 10 from the field for 15 points. The junior was more than happy to defer on a night when he spent more time at point guard with Reggie Moore out indefinitely with a wrist injury.

“Just looking at the stats, we had a really balanced scoring effort,” Thompson said. “That just takes a lot of weight off my shoulders, a lot of weight off Reggie’s shoulders to have teammates that can score. We’re a lot more balanced now.”

Moore aggravated a previous wrist injury that occurred outside of practice, coach Ken Bone said. He’ll have X-rays today and is day-to-day heading into Tuesday’s clash versus Idaho.

Southern – which gave up 117 points to Gonzaga on Friday night – went 15 minutes of the first half without a field goal. WSU took advantage of the Jaguars’ severe drought with a 30-3 spurt, punctuated by a Thompson drive and bucket.

WSU 86, Southern 47

Southern FG FT Reb
(0-2) Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Doggett 25 8-17 0-2 3-11 0 3 16
Ingram 21 3-7 4-6 0-1 1 1 10
White 19 0-3 1-2 1-2 2 1 1
Grace 20 1-4 0-0 0-1 2 3 3
Sanford 37 1-8 0-0 0-1 2 3 3
F.Coleman 8 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 4 2
Celestin 20 1-6 1-2 0-0 5 1 4
Tatum 14 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
P.Coleman 11 1-5 0-0 0-0 0 2 3
Chase 5 0-0 1-2 0-1 1 0 1
Bol 18 0-0 1-2 1-2 0 0 4
Totals 18-509 7-14 7-21 12 18 47

Percentages: FG .305, FT .500. 3-Point Goals: 4-27, .148 (Doggett 0-1, Ingram 0-2, White 0-1, Grace 1-4, Sanford 1-7, F.Coleman 0-1, Celestin 1-5, Taylor 0-1, P.Coleman 1-4, Bol 0-1). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 2 (Doggett, Ingram). Turnovers: 15 (Doggett 3, Ingram, White, Grace 3, Sanford 3, F.Coleman 4, Celestin, P.Coleman 2). Steals: 6 (Doggett, Grace 2, Celestin 2, P.Coleman). Technical Fouls: None.

Wash. St. FG FT Reb
(1-0) Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Motum 24 6-6 0-0 2-5 0 1 14
Lodwick 17 2-5 0-1 1-1 1 4 4
Capers 30 3-6 2-2 5-15 3 3 8
Thompson 33 6-10 2-2 0-6 6 1 15
Aden 27 7-16 3-4 0-6 1 0 18
McNamara 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Loewen 9 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2
Casto 16 4-5 8-11 1-5 0 4 16
Winston Jr. 22 0-4 0-0 1-2 0 2 0
Enquist 9 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Simon 13 3-6 1-1 2-8 1 0 9
Totals 39-79 14-17 10-42 26 22 96

Percentages: FG .538, FT .762. 3-Point Goals: 6-21, .286 (Motum 2-2, Lodwick 0-2, Thompson 1-5, Aden 1-8, Simon 2-4). Team Rebounds: 0. Blocked shots: 1 (Casto). Turnovers: 15 (Motum, Capers, Thompson 5, Aden 4, Casto 3, Engquist). Steals: 9 (Lodwick, Capers 2, Thompson, Aden 3, Enquist, Simon). Technical fouls: None.

Halftime: Washington State 41, Southern41. A – 6173.



Click here to comment on this story »





Blogs

Cutline Contest — Time2Vote

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to Russia's Margarita Mamun, center, who won the gold medal for rhythmic gymnastics individual, during an awarding ceremony for Russia's Olympians in Moscow's Kremlin ...



Trump coming to Everett Tuesday. Maybe.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is expected to hold a rally in Everett Tuesday. Colleague Jerry Cornfield of the Everett Herald quotes campaign and state Republican Party sources as saying ...


Template for Sir Mix-a-Lot Q and A

I overheard a colleague mention trying to set up an interview with Sir Mix-a-Lot. As you might already know, the beloved performer and backside fan will be appearing at our ...



Where does the money go?

sponsored You’ve probably heard of co-ops: food co-ops, childcare co-ops, housing co-ops, energy co-ops.



Sections


Profile

Contact the Spokesman

Main switchboard:
(509) 459-5000
Customer service:
(800) 338-8801
Newsroom:
(509) 459-5400
(800) 789-0029
Back to Spokesman Mobile