Washington State guard Taylor Rochestie -- the Cougars' leader in points, assists and minutes played -- hurt a finger in practice today. Witnesses said Rochestie left the gym in pain, however, X-rays came back negative.
We'll have a full story in the Thursday paper, but the bottom line is that Rochestie is expected to be ready to play at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, when the Cougars visit UW.
Meanwhile, some Cougar game notes:
WSU CONCLUDES PAC-10 SEASON AT WASHINGTON: The Washington State University men's basketball team (16-13, 8-9) will conclude its Pacific-10 Conference regular season as it heads to Seattle take on cross-state rival Washington (23-7, 13-4), Saturday, March 7 at 2:30 p.m. The game can be seen live on FSN.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE COUGS:
&bull WSU upset No. 14/11 Arizona State, 51-49 in overtime, Saturday, Feb. 28 at Friel Court on 'Senior Day.'
&bull Taylor Rochestie hit the game-winning 3-pointer with three seconds to go in overtime with WSU trailing 49-48.
&bull Klay Thompson led the Cougars with 17 points and seven rebounds.
&bull Aron Baynes added 11 points and five rebounds, while Rochestie finished with nine points, six boards and five assists.
&bull WSU's first five baskets were scored by five different players (Forrest, Rochestie, Baynes, Thompson, Casto).
&bull WSU has won its last three games over ranked opponent (No. 14 Arizona State, No. 20/15 UCLA, No. 14/11 Arizona State).
&bull The Cougars got their first win over a ranked opponent at home since defeating No. 23 USC, 88-86 in double overtime, also on senior day, March 3, 2007.
&bull With his three 3-pointers Saturday, Klay Thompson took sole possession of the WSU freshman 3-point record…he now has 65.
&bull The Cougars held the Pac-10's leading scorer, James Harden to 13 points…he was averaging 21.1 points per game.
&bull Klay Thompson led the Cougars in scoring with 17 points, for the 11th time this season.
&bull For the third-straight year, the Cougars played an overtime game on 'Senior Day.'
&bull WSU played just its second overtime game of the season…won previous game 61-57 at Oregon State, Jan. 15.
&bull Thompson missed his first free throw of his college career (24-for-25).
&bull The 10,712 crowd marks the second-largest attendance for a WSU home game this season.
&bull Arizona State did not score any second-chance points and had just one offensive rebound.
A BRIEF LOOK AT THE LAST MEETING:
&bull The Cougars fell to Washington, 68-48, Sat. Jan. 3 at Friel Court in the teams' Pac-10 opener.
&bull Taylor Rochestie led the Cougars with 12 points and Aron Baynes added 11 points.
&bull The loss was the Cougars' first to the Huskies in eight games…had won seven-straight dating back to the 2005-06 season.
&bull WSU trails the all-time series to the UW, 90-168….61-70 at Pullman.
&bull The Cougars fell to 11-20 all-time in Pacific-10 Conference openers and 4-5 against the Huskies in openers…3-2 when opening the season with UW at home.
&bull Aron Baynes was perfect from the floor in the first half, 3-for-3 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free throw line.
&bull WSU had a season-low 20 rebounds.
&bull The Cougars tied a then season low with two 3-pointers.
WSU FRESHMEN AMONG TOPS IN PAC-10:
&bull DeAngelo Casto leads all Pac-10 freshmen in blocks per game with 1.3 and is third overall in the category.
&bull Klay Thompson is ranked in five different categories in the Pac-10. Below is a look at where he ranks among freshmen and overall in the league.