Washington State 84, Portland 68

 

Klay Thompson (right) had a game-high 35 points while Jared Stohl (left) paced Portland with 21. AP

A 35-point night by Klay Thompson helped Washington State improve to 3-0 sans Reggie Moore in the sixth annual Cougar Hardwood Classic at Seattle’s KeyArena. I didn’t staff this game, but I was able to gather some notes and links.

Below are some quotes I transcribed, but first I’ll link you to the Spokesman-Review’s game story , the Seattle Times’ gamer and the Kitsap Sun’s angle.

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“There’s not a better feeling in the world. If you make all your shots, or at least 90 percent of them, there’s no feeling like it – I love playing (in KeyArena).” – Klay Thompson on connecting on first four shots and continuing the downpour.

“They’re a really talented team and can really shoot – that might be an understatement But we pulled away and showed we can be a tough team.” – Thompson on Portland’s comeback to cut it WSU’s lead at 57-54 in second half and weathering the surge.

“Obviously we need him back. ‘Cause once we get him back we’ll be one of the most talented teams in the PAC-10. It helps having him out (so other guys can step up) right now, but we want him back and need him back” – Thompson on Reggie Moore’s absense.

“I tried to get him to come to Portland State, and now he’s one of the better 3-point shooters in the country. I’m really happy for him. He’s a good kid. I wanted him to miss 3s tonight against us but I hope me makes them all year” – Ken Bone on Portland guard Jared Stohl.

“When (Portland) shoots there’s a good chance it’s going in. It’s not an equal opportunity deal, though. There’s some guys on that team that could be a little more patient.” – Bone on Portland’s guards.

“We knew that they were very physical inside, but they did a great job (against us) and that’s been a big concern. I thought our effort was there but not our mental effort at times ” Bone on getting outrebounded for second game in a row.

“He’ll have that cast on for another few days at least. Most likely until next weekend when we get back after the Fresno State game. But I dunno. I know he’s itchin’ to play and I believe at some point he’ll be out here playing.” – Bone on Moore’s wrist injury.

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