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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.



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