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HOT COUGAR ACTION: More Notes From WSU's 72-50 Victory

As I quickly wrote the recap of yesterday's game, I tried to cover as many points as possible. Since then, I realized I left out quite a bit. I'll cover a few of those things, with videos below that and the other links after the jump.

  • After thinking about it and looking through old game logs, I think that may have been the best game of Marcus Capers' WSU career. Nine points, 10 rebounds and seven assists won't win any player of the week honors, but when you factor in Capers' role on the team, that is about as much as you can ask for.
  • I glossed over it in the recap, but the three-pointer Patrick Simon hit with 12:59 to play had to be the biggest shot of the game. At the time, ASU was on a 9-0 run and had cut the lead to 12. Capers broke the press and found Simon early in the shot clock. A miss could lead to a long rebound and numbers for ASU. I'm not saying if Simon missed WSU would have lost, but for a guy who hadn't played in the previous three games to take and hit that shot was impressive.
  • Late in the second half, Dexter Kernich-Drew was fouled while shooting a three-point shot. Is it just me or have WSU shooters been fouled on threes an inordinate number of times this season. The WSU postgame notes say it was the third four-point play of the season and that doesn't include at least three other fouls on three-point shots that didn't result in a four-point play. I'm not sure it happened once last season.
  • Reggie Moore's three assists may not pop off the stat sheet, but his zero turnovers do. It's the second time this season Moore has finished a game with zero turnovers and the 11th time in 15 Pac-12 games he has had two or less. Moore now has a very shiny 3:1 assist to turnover ratio in Pac-12 play.

MBB: Cougs pound ASU! 2/18 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

MBB: Postgame Sound! 2/18 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

MBB: Bone Postgame! 2/18 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

Men's Basketball

The game that was: WSU 72, Arizona State 50 - SportsLink - - Feb. 18, 2012
FROM PULLMAN — WSU used a dominant first half to end a two-game skid, and we have our usual game in review for you below. Read on.

Washington State men rout Arizona St. 72-50 - - Feb. 18, 2012
PULLMAN – Washington State beat Arizona State so badly here on Saturday that Cougars guard Marcus Capers was in the mood to boast a little afterward.

Washington State dances past Arizona State » Kitsap Sun
PULLMAN — The Washington State Cougars staged a "Gray Out" in the stands on Saturday, and the Cougars came close to staging a shutout on the court in the first half of a 72-50 romp over Arizona State.

Local News | Washington State routs Arizona State 72-50 | Seattle Times Newspaper
DaVonte Lacy scored 17 points and Brock Motum added 16 as Washington State routed Arizona State 72-50 on Saturday.

Women's Basketball

Arizona State Holds Off Cougars Comeback Attempt - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
TEMPE, Ariz. - Rosetta Adzasu's game-tying three-point attempt with three seconds left rattled out for Washington State University and Arizona State University held on for a 47-42 Pac-12 Conference victory Saturday afternoon.

WSU women’s rally falls short in loss to ASU - - Feb. 19, 2012
Washington State’s spirited comeback attempt fell short in a 47-42 Pac-12 Conference women’s basketball loss to Arizona State Saturday in Tempe, Ariz.

ASU women hold on to beat Washington State
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Alex Earl and Janae Fulcher each scored 11 points as the Arizona State women’s basketball team staved off a furious Washington State rally in the closing minutes to beat the Cougars 47-42.