Moore is main man, says Thompson after big W

PULLMAN -- With Klay Thompson and DeAngelo Casto in foul trouble and on the bench for much of the second half Sunday, Washington State's upset bid over No. 18 Washington could have been undone. But it wasn't, said Thompson, because "Reggie stepped up big time." Reggie is of course point guard Reggie Moore, whose heroics – coupled with an ear-shattering crowd – damn near brought the house down.

The fouls and bodies were flying all over Friel Court in a donnybrook of a match up, won by WSU 87-80. The result puts a little Red Bull in the Cougars' chances for an NCAA Tourney bid, as they improve to 5-4 in Pac-10 games and 15-6 overall.

The fans stormed the court afterward. And well they should have. The story lines in this one were numerous, ranging from the Huskies 24 turnovers to Charlie Enquist's spirited nine minutes helping fill in for DeAngelo Casto.

But the combined 47 fouls speak volumes about the intensity. In all, four – yes, 4 – players fouled out: Casto, Brock Motum, Abe Lodwick, and UW's Isaiah Thomas.

And Thompson, who collected five steals, four assists and a game-high 25 points, also collected four fouls that sent him to the sidelines for a chunk of the second half.

He and Casto played a combined 16 minutes in the second half.

With those two riding pine, Reggie Moore stepped up and delivered. He finished with 18 points, but had 12 of those points in the second half when he made "and one" his middle name.


NOT EVERYONE WAS CELEBRATING. UW'S BOORISH ISIAH THOMAS OFFENDED BY STORMING OF THE COURT, SAYS HE WON'T FORGET IT WHEN WSU COMES TO SEATTLE.

"That was probably the best I've seen him play all year," Thompson said of Moore, whose parents were in the stands beaming most of the game. "He's just so aggressive with the ball in his hands and at the same time he's a great passer. We need him to keep that mindset and if he does that we're hard to beat."

With the Cougs leading 47-44, Moore drilled a three-pointer to put the Cougs up six and moments later turned in possibly the best play of his life.

With 16:39 remaining, Moore nabbed an errant Husky pass took off down the court. He passed to battery mate Faisal Aden, who then threw a beautiful alley oop pass that Moore turned into a two-handed slam that sent the 10,547 already vocal partisans into hyper-drive. The play had SportsCenter top 10 written all over it and unleashed a veritable explosion inside Beasley.

" It was amazing," Thompson said. "I knew we were going to win that game when Reggie caught that lob. I just knew we were playing with too much fire and there was no way we were going to let that lead slip away from us."

Moore, who also dished five assists, was named the player of the game. He said he was happy he was able to pump up the crowd, but didn't think twice about the play and made sure to get back down court on defense. Moore had a similar dunk last season and gave a vicious mug to the dawg pack. The Huskies ended up winning that game 92-64, but Moore said it was much different doing it in front of the hometown fans.

"I just think last time it was at there place but this time it was at our place so we got the crowd really involved and it probably took something out of the Huskies," Moore said.

"To tell you the truth I don't even remember how loud it was, I was extremely focused on this game so I don't even remember."

As for Thompson, he had some business to tend to after last week's 4-of-16 shooting performance against Arizona. Hewent 9-of-18 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from behind the three point line.

"I just think I made a big jump from my sophomore to junior year working hard in the off-season taking my game to another level," Thompson said. "Not being so one dimensional as I was last year and being a lot more mentally tougher and not having bad body language."

THE NOISE COMING OUT THE seats was thunderous in this. "The crowd is always huge for us," Moore said. "We have great fans and they get riled up and rowdy and it pumps us up and makes us want to play that much harder."

Aden, who led the Cougar bench with 15 points, said it was one of the most fun experiences he's had on the court.

"It was beautiful, I loved it out there," Aden said. "I kind of just wanted to do it for the crowd because I know they wanted this one bad and they support us every day and we didn't want to let them down. Obviously I want to play hard for my team but it was for the crowd."

Following the final buzzer, there was no hesitation as Cougar fans stormed the Cougar bench and started celebrating. Thousands of fans made there way onto Friel Court, the last time this occurred was during Senior night in 2009 when the Cougars upset Arizona State.

Aden was picked up on someone shoulder's and was seen on the court celebrating with his fists clinched and his arms over his head in celebration.

"Yeah it was crazy out there," Aden said with a smile from cheek to cheek. "I didn't even know where it came from, someone just picked me up."

The Cougars now have a short week, hitting the road for the Oregon schools starting this Thursday night with a showdown against the Ducks.

"To be honest, me and Klay have been talking about running the table since the beginning of the season," Moore said. "That's all we keep saying after every game, win or lose we can win every game because we can. "It's not something far fetched or something we can't do, we can win any game ahead of us."

NOTABLE NOTES:

* The win is WSU's first over UW since March 8, 2008…first win against the Huskies for every member of the team (Lodwick and Enquist redshirted during the 2007-08 season).

* The win is WSU's second over a ranked opponent this season, defeated No. 15 Baylor Dec. 23…Cougars are 2-1 against teams ranked in the Associated Press Top-25 this season and 8-15 all-time against ranked Husky teams.

* Cougars' 13 steals tie for their second-most this season…Huskies had a season-high 24 turnovers.

* Klay Thompson scored more than double what he scored in both games against Washington last season (12). He also is now just four points out of fourth place on WSU's all-time scoring list behind Mark Hendrickson. Thompson has 1,492 career points.

* Despite playing just 21 minutes, Casto scored 11 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and had two steals.

* Abe Lodwick was seeing double against the Dawgs. He dished 2 assists, grabbed 2 rebounds, had 2 steals and was 2-for-2 at the free throw line.

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