MARCUS CAPERS: 10 points, 6 rebounds vs. Card
KEN BONE COULDN’T contain his disappointment. Sure, WSU downed Stanford 77-73 in Pullman on Saturday to even the Cougars’ Pac-10 record at 3-3 and improve the overall mark to 13-5. But the way they earned the win wasn’t pretty. And the head coach says it “may be time to shake up the line up.”
“We’ll take a good look at it (the line up) this week,” Bone told the Cougar Sports Radio Network.
Bone didn’t name the sources of his angst, but the starting line up was composed of Klay Thompson, Reggie Moore, DeAngelo Casto, Marcus Capers and Abe Lodwick.
With the next three contests on the road -- at USC on Thursday, UCLA on Saturday and Washington on Jan. 30 -- “we are going to need to play better than we did today,” said Bone, who sounded thoroughly exasperated.
Still, the head man had nothing but kind words for his backup players.
“The kids off the bench did an outstanding job – I was really pleased with the guys off the bench.,” he said.
Among those coming on in relief was 6-10 sophomore Charlie Enquist, who in 13 high-octane minutes grabbed 4 rebounds, blocked 2 shots and scored 4 points on putbacks.
“He (Enquist) brought a lot of energy and helped tremendously … Charlie did a great job, no doubt about it,” Bone said.
Cougar play-by-play announcer Bud Nameck dubbed Enquist the Player of the Game – no small accomplishment when a teammate (Thompson) scores 27 points to lead all scorers.
Freshman guard Xavier Thames was another young gun who shined coming off the bench. In 23 minutes of action he scored 6 points, dished 5 assists, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 2 steals. “He had a huge impact on the outcome of the game,” Bone said.
Senior Nikola Koprivica was also productive off the bench, with 10 points, 8 rebounds and an assists in 25 minutes of PT. In addition, sophomore shooting guard Michael Harthun played just three minutes but managed 2 assists and 2 points.
Bone’s ire with this starting line up was fueled in large part by three things. First, the Cougs let Stanford jump out to a 10-2 lead before the crimson side got control and took a 46-26 lead into halftime. Second, Stanford scored six straight to open the second half – four of them coming off breakaways created by careless WSU turnovers. And finally, there was this: A 13-0 Stanford run late in the game that turned the contest from a rout to a nailbiter that hinged on Reggie Moore hitting 7 of 8 free throws in the final 51 seconds to secure the victory for WSU.
Casto, WSU’s sophomore post-man who registered 9 points and 8 rebounds, said the Cougars’ swoon late in the game was due to a “lack of energy.” But he also noted that while Stanford had momentum on its side, the Cougars kept their composure to hang on.
Bone also talked about the Cougars’ energy level, saying “we looked fatigued.” He noted that the 37 (out of a possible 40) logged by Thompson may have been too much. Thompson hit three of his first four shots from beyond the arc but missed – sometimes badly – on his last six attempts from downtown.
Bone said he was chagrined with the Cougars’ second-half execution on offense, not transitioning well and not moving well when in the half-court offense.
Attendance for the game was 8,128.
With his 27 points today, Thompson has 413 on the season -- just
one point behind his total for all of last year (414 points, 33 games).
Cougs have played 18 games so far, and have 12 regular season games left.
Thompson is on pace to set numerous single season all-time program
records. Among them, if Thompson were to maintain his average (22.9) over
the last 12 games, he would eclipse the all-time season scoring record at
Washington State. Isaac Fontaine holds the top mark, with 657 points in
1997. Don Collins holds the top spot in scoring average, with 23.1 ppg in
Bone got a technical called on him from the same ref, Mike Scyphers,
who called a technical on him in the LSU game. Today's T was believed to have been leveled because Bone slapped his hands on the scorer's table following a Stanford basket and Cougar foul about mid-way through the second half.