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Washington St. playing for payback in Seattle

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It's been a good start for Ken Bone and the Washington State basketball team. After a 9-2 start, including a 24-point win over Bone's former team, Portland State, the Cougars are in for a difficult test against LSU in Seattle.

The Cougars are in the middle of a three-game road trip throughout the state in which they're the featured home team. They beat Air Force in Spokane, Portland State in Kennewick and will face Louisiana State at KeyArena in Seattle in the Cougar Hardwood Classic. The game tips off at 7 p.m. (PST)

"We had a couple of bad losses we learned from," said Klay Thompson, Washington State's leading scorer. "I don't think that means anything until Pac-10 play - which we're excited to get to. We have a big game coming up with LSU. They're always talented."

Thompson said it would be nice to beat LSU this year, given the fact they lost to the Tigers last year. Last season's meeting was the first time the two teams had played each other in 31 years.

Louisiana State is coming off a win streak of their own, having won their last five games. They defeated Rice 65-61 last Saturday.



About Washington State:

  • Washington State is off to a 9-2 start this season having won its last three games over Portland State (12/9), Air Force (12/12) and Idaho (12/9).
  • The Cougars are in the midst of a three-game road trip in which they are hosting `home' games throughout the state of Washington...they hosted Air Force in Spokane and Portland State in Kennewick.
  • Sophomore Klay Thompson leads the team and the conference with 24.9 points per game, adding 5.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists a game....he's scored in double figures in all 11 games this season and reached 20-plus points in nine of the 11 contests.
  • Freshman point guard Reggie Moore leads the team with 5.2 assists a game, along with a team second-best 12.6 points an outing.
  • Sophomore DeAngelo Casto leads the Cougs on the boards with 7.2 rebounds a game, adding 10.5 points per game.

About LSU:

  • LSU is off to an 8-2 start with five-straight wins after dropping its only two neutral-site games of the season.
  • The Tigers defeated Rice Saturday, 65-61, in their last outing.
  • Senior Tasmin Mitchell leads the team with 17.9 points.
  • Sophomore Storm Warren is the Tigers' leading rebounder at 11.2 boards per game, and adds 15.4 points per outing...Warren is averaging 4.9 offensive rebounds per game.
  • Junior Bo Spencer is second on the team in scoring, averaging 15.9 points.
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