WSU Vs. Portland Basketball Recap: Charts And Awards

The chart widgets over at statsheet.com are malfunctioning at the moment (There's no four factors, and the game flow sheet says at one point the Pilots led us 606-71)... so it may be a while for happy charts.

EDIT NUSS, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday: Here they are!

In the meantime, we'll get you through this cold night with Craig's thoughts below, and my awards.

Player of the Game: Klay Thompson. There's no contest here. What is it about Klay versus the WCC? He put up his career high in the Great Alaska Shootout against San Diego, and had what I believe is clearly the second best performance of his career tonight. The efficiency with which he destroyed the Pilots was mind-boggling. 35 points on 13 of 16 shooting (3/4 from three, 6/6 from the line), with 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks versus 2 turnovers. Incredible.

Right Hand Man: I've invented a new award, because the second best player in a game isn't really the 'unsung hero', but still deserves recognition. Or maybe I should just call it the Faisal Aden award. Especially if he keeps complimenting Klay like this. 21 points on 8 of 15 shooting, and a key 9 points-in-a-row stretch during the decisive run of the game.

Unsung Hero: Patrick Simon. His minutes were limited due to foul trouble, but he had 6 points on 50% shooting and showed he wasn't afraid to make himself an offensive weapon. Of the triumvirate of guys competing for minutes at the 4 spot (Simon, Motum, Lodwick), Patrick is becoming the guy I feel most comfortable with shooting the ball. Now if he could just start cleaning the boards and defending well without fouling.

Play of the Game: Marcus Capers ignites the Cougars in their key run with a...

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It was over when... The dust settled from the Cougs' huge run, and they re-established a 20 point lead at 82-62 with about 4 minutes remaining. This team can score in bunches. This was probably the most fun I've had watching any sporting event since the Sounders' Open Cup title. (Note: I was mainly nervous for most of the Cougs' football win over OSU)

Stat of the Game: Look at Klay Thompson's line again. Just look at it. I want to buy it a nice seafood dinner, and then take it home with me.

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