"I'm hoping Klay saw it, because we need Klay to get better at taking some charges," Bone said.
Thompson, no dummy, is certain to get the message.
It often gets lost amidst all his scoring feats, but Thompson plays excellent defense at times, and he's also a fine playmaker. Thompson leads the Cougars in scoring (24.3 points per game) and steals (1.8) and ranks second in rebounds (4.8) and assists (2.9).
On Saturday, however, the sophomore guard fouled out in the last five minutes with just seven points on 2-for-6 shooting from the field (1 for 4 on 3-pointers) and 2-for-4 shooting at the free-throw line.
"He was struggling the whole game," Capers noted.
Thompson, who started the day as the NCAA Division I scoring leader at 25.3, failed to lead the Cougars in scoring for the first time this season (Nikola Koprivica matched Thompson's 23 points against Portland State). That's not all bad, Bone said.
"I was very pleased that we were able to win on a night when we did not convert at the line (16 of 29) and Klay Thompson did not have one of his better games," Bone said. "That shows we're becoming a better team."
Bone and Oregon State coach Craig Robinson said they were impressed with the defense on Thompson. OSU guard Calvin Haynes said the Beavers knew how to tame Thompson with their 2-3 zone.
"If he has the ball in his right hand, you know he's going to drive all the way to the basket," Haynes said. "If he has it in his left hand, you know he wants to pull up and shoot."
MOORE, THE FRESHMAN LURED by Bone out of a New Hampshire prep school (via Seattle's O'Dea and Rainier Beach high schools) after a national recruiting battle, continues to establish himself as one of the top point guards on the West Coast.
"Reggie is just a tough, competitive kid," Bone said. "Even though he wasn't making free throws, he just does other things to win games."
Moore came into the game leading the Cougars in free-throw shooting at 83.8 percent, but he went 2 for 7 against Oregon State.
"I was shooting like Shaq," joked Moore, referring to notoriously bad NBA free-throw shooter Shaquille O'Neal.
Moore made up for his free-throw mishaps by scoring a season-high 19 points. Also, he drew the charge from Haynes with the Cougars leading by two with 17 seconds to go.
"You've got to make those type of sacrifices for your team if you want to be a great team," Moore said.
Moore, often the smallest player on the floor at (a listed) 6-foot-1 and 178 pounds, went flying when he stepped in front of a driving Haynes in the lane. Haynes said Moore didn't have his feet set.
"I don't really agree with that call," Haynes said.
Care to comment, Reggie?
"Uh, hey, the ref said I got there, so I got there," Moore said.
REDSHIRT COUGAR FRESHMAN James Watson, a springy forward-post player out of Oklahoma, scored a season-high seven points in just 13 minutes VS. OSU. He also drew two charges.
"James Watson came off the bench and gave us a great lift," Capers said.
"James is doing a better job all the time," Bone said. "He's just so long and active that has a presence at both ends of the court, especially on that defensive job. He does a really good job defensively."
CAPERS, A 6-4 GUARD WITH great wingspan, credited WSU's 2-3 zone defense with part of the reason for his career-high 10 rebounds against the Beavs.
"Coach, he emphasized before the game that the guards needed to rebound because we weren't helping out the post players," Capers said.
Capers said the fact that Haynes is Oregon State's only reliable scoring threat from the perimeter made it easier for the Cougars to play zone most of the game instead of their usual man-to-man defense.
BONE CONTINUES TO PRAISE Koprivica, WSU's lone upperclassman, for his all-around play. Bone starts sophomore Abe Lodwick ahead of the senior Koprivica at the quasi-power forward position, even though a) Koprivica gets more overall minutes and b) Lodwick has gone scoreless in 34 minutes the past three games.
Koprivica doesn't seem too concerned about not starting. He probably gained some perspective on life when he was forced to spend most of two months living in an underground bomb shelter with his family when NATO forces bombed his native Belgrade, Serbia, during the Kosovo War in 1999.
"It's sad and scary when you feel the ground under you shaking," Koprivica said.
"You can hear bombs coming closer and closer. Not a pleasant feeling.
"Even today, when I hear in the movies sirens that announce air strikes and all that, I get chills and I just don't feel comfortable."