I’m a lil’ late getting this up, but here are some notes that didn’t make my game story.
GU at WSU post-game notes
- Due to an electrical problem, the primary scoreboard at Beasley Coliseum was out the entire game. But the way Gonzaga was shooting, it didn’t matter.
The Bulldogs held a goose egg until the 12:30 mark, missing their first 10 shots. Some of it had to do with Washington State’s pressure. A lot of it had to due with horrid shooting (31- percent in the first half).
- Washington State ran a 2-3 zone to contest with Gonzaga’s length. One thing I’ve noticed with this club is that its defensive grit is leaps and bounds better than it was a year ago. Forcing 21 turnovers against No. 5 K-State and 25 against the Bulldogs is a testament of that.
“ We could score last year, but our defense was a little shaky,” Thompson said.” This year I think we’re really solid defensively. If we keep doing that, we can play with anybody.”
Washington State is allowing a Tony Bennet era-esque 57.7 points game and Marcus Capers is proving he isn’t the only one digging down consistently. Nobody questioned the Cougars’ ability to score, but having aptitude on both ends of the floor is a major boon.
- Steven Gray, who averaged 20.8 points a night coming into Wednesday’s game, was held to a paltry seven points and Gonzaga’s starting lineup accounted for just 23 points on 8-for-24 shooting. The senior guard noted it was one of the worst performances of his collegiate career.
- Klay Thompson’s block of 7-foot Robert Sacre was especially pleasing to the 10177 fans at Friel Court, adding to perhaps his best all-around game.
“I felt like Casto out there blocking seven-footers,” Thompson said jokingly. “I just saw him go up and timed it right and I was pretty excited about that.”
- Gray was impressed with Thompson’s game, which has seemingly progressed in all facets.
“He’s definitely added some things to his game, on top of being able to read screens,” Gray said. “It just makes him a tough guard. You have to try to get up in him and try to contain him as best as you can.”
- Reggie Moore made his first appearance as a starter this season after coming back from a wrist injury against K-State. Bone went with Moore, Thompson, Abe Lodwick, Capers and Brock Motum in the starting lineup. Casto didn’t start surprisingly.
- Depth and size were the biggest questions for WSU, but its bench has produced thus far. With Aden now coming off the bench — even Casto, which won’t happen often — their reserves accounted for 35 points.
- The Cougars were able to draw six offensive fouls, most of which were in the paint. Still, though, Gonzaga outrebounded WSU 39-21.
- WSU, which went 11-for-21 from the 3, was boosted by the play of 6-foot-8 freshman sharpshooter Patrick Simon. Simon accounted for three treys.
“He’s just so calm and cool out there, you don’t know if he hits a three or air-balls it,” Bone said. He just has the same demeanor. That’s a good demeanor to have, especially for a freshman.”