Some interesting stuff I ran across while perusing the WSU and Canisius game releases on tonight's contest:
- Against Sacramento State, the Cougars hit 15 3-pointers for the first time under Tony Bennett. It was the first time since tying the school record with 18 3-pointers against Gonzaga, Dec. 7, 2002.
- The Cougars have won 19-straight regular season nonconference games dating back to the last four nonconference regular season games of the 2006-07 season.
The 19-game streak ties the second-longest in school history as the Cougars won 19-straight regular season nonconference games during the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons. WSU's record streak stands at 23 games set during the 1931-32, 1932-33 and 1933-34 seasons. (It's going to be tough to get to 23 with Mississippi State and Pitt looming on the horizon ...)
- WSU is 33-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court and has won 30-straight November games in Pullman and is 34-1 (the loss came before the Cougars moved into Beasley Coliseum). Of course, this speaks much more to the quality of opponents WSU can attract to Pullman in November than to the quality of the Cougs, but I digress.
- The upperclassmen have outscored the freshmen 136-66 this season, with 111 of those points scored by seniors.
- Klay Thompson leads all Pac-10 freshmen in 3-point field goals made (fifth overall). Take that, Jrue Holliday and Demar DeRozan!
- Six-foot-9, 320-pound Chris Gadley has recorded double figures in the scoring column in each of his first three games as a Griff and became the first Canisius player in the last 15 years to start the schedule with back-to-back double-doubles to open the season.
- The last time Canisius played a game in the state of Washington was Dec. 19, 1994, when former head coach John Beilein -- now coaching Michigan -- brought his Griffs to play Gonzaga, a game the Blue and Gold lost 74-63.
- Tonight’s contest marks the first time Canisius has traveled outside the state of New York to play Washington State. Three of the four previous meetings, including the 1995 NIT match up, took place in Buffalo.
- The last Canisius win over a member of the PAC-10 came against Washington State in the 1995 NIT Tournament quarterfinal round. Prior to that, the last Griff win over a PAC-10 member was Dec. 29, 1951, when the Blue and Gold downed Arizona 89-78 in The Aud in Buffalo.