Nov. 26, 2011
WSU TO TAKE ON UC RIVERSIDE SUNDAY IN 76 CLASSIC FINALE: Washington State University men's basketball (2-3) will meet UC Riverside (1-4), Sunday, Nov. 27 at 10:30 a.m. in a battle for seventh at the 76 Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. The game can be seen online on ESPN3.
COUGS AGAINST THE HIGHLANDERS, THE BIG WEST CONFERENCE:
Sunday marks the first all-time meeting between the Cougars and Highlanders.
WSU is 9-2 all-time against current members of the Big West.
Cal Poly 1-0
Cal State Fullerton 0-0
Cal State Northridge 3-0
Long Beach State 2-1
UC Davis 0-0
UC Irvine 2-0
UC Riverside 0-0
UC Santa Barbara 1-1
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
Washington State is 2-3 on the season, 1-0 at home, 1-1 on the road and 0-2 in neutral-site games.
After his second 20-plus point performance Friday, senior Faisal Aden leads the team with 17.6 points per game.
Aden is shooting .540 (34-for-63) from the field, .526 (10-for-19) from beyond the 3-point arc and .909 (10-for-11) from the free throw line.
He has reached double figures in all five of Washington State's games this season.
Junior Brock Motum is second on the team in scoring with 15.2 points per game and leads the team with 7.0 rebounds a game.
Motum is the only other Cougar to score in double figures in all five games for WSU.
Freshman DaVonté Lacy is the only other Coug averaging double figures with 10.2 points per game...he's reached double figures in three of WSU's five games.
Junior Reggie Moore is dishing out 5.6 assists a game this season and is fourth on the team with 7.2 points a game.
Redshirt senior Abe Lodwick has not played this season...as of Nov. 18 he was scheduled to miss 3-5 weeks due to a fracture in his left foot.
WSU IN THE 2011 76 CLASSIC:
This season marks the second-straight that the Cougars will compete in an ESPN Regional Television (ERT) tournament after competing in the Diamond Head Class last year in Hawaii.
WSU is 78-75 all-time in in-season tournaments and has appeared in the championship game of its last six tournaments, winning the John Thompson Foundation Challenge (2006-07), the Cougar Hispanic College Fund Challenge (2007-08) and the Great Alaska Shootout (2009-10).
Thursday's loss marked WSU's first in the first game of a in-season tournament since falling at UTEP 76-66, Dec. 28, 1998 in the Sun Bowl Classic.
The Cougs have lost multiple games in a tournament for the first time since the 1998 Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Last year WSU fell to national runner-up Butler in the championship game of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii.
WSU is 0-1 against current members of the Big West in in-season tournaments, its only loss to Long Beach State in the Dayton Tournament in Dayton Ohio in 1975-76.
The 76 classic is just Washington State's fourth in-season tournament to take place in the state of California, holding a 5-3 record in in-season tournaments in the state.
The Cougars competed in the Los Angeles Classic in the 1991-92 season, the Texaco Star Classic in San Diego in 1992-93, and the Coors Light Classic in 1993-94 in Fresno, coming out on top against Cal State Northridge and falling to Fresno State.
WSU fell to New Mexico, 72-62, in its second game of the 76 Classic Friday.
The Cougars got off to a slow start, scoring just nine points in the first 12 minutes, but scored 18 in the final eight minutes to pull within nine at halftime, 36-27.
Faisal Aden led the Cougars with a game-high 25 points on 10-for-16 shooting from the field...he was 3-for-6 from beyond the 3-point arc and added three assists and a steal.
Brock Motum led the Cougars on the boards with eight rebounds, adding 10 points and a steal.
Reggie Moore played all but two minutes finishing with nine points and eight assists.
The Cougars have lost the first two games of the tournament, marking the first time since 1998-99 the WSU has lost more than one game in an in-season tournament (Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska).
WSU is now 1-3 all-time against New Mexico...all four meetings have been in tournaments (last meeting was the 1992 NIT).
COUGARS ON ESPN FOR EIGHTH OF NINE GAMES:
For their eighth time in 10 games, the Cougars will appear on the ESPN family of networks, as they played their final four games of last season on either ESPNU or ESPN2 and their season opener on ESPN and the opening game of the tournament on ESPN2.
WSU will be on ESPN3, which can be found online and on the ESPN Mobile App.
The Cougars defeated Long Beach State on ESPNU and Oklahoma State and Northwestern on ESPN2 in the National Invitation Tournament, followed by a loss to Wichita State in the semifinals of the NIT on ESPN2 to end last season.
In all, the Cougars appeared on the ESPN family of networks seven times last year, adding their three games in the Diamond Head Classic to the mix.
Ken Bone IN HIS THIRD SEASON:
WSU head coach Ken Bone holds a 40-31 record in his third season in 2011-12, and already has more wins than eight previous Cougar men's basketball coaches, six of which coached at least two seasons.
Last season Bone led WSU to an NIT postseason appearance, making him the third-fastest Cougar coach to reach a postseason tournament.
He also has more wins than two of the last three head coaches, three more than Dick Bennett (2003-06, 36-49) and eight more than four-year head coach Paul Graham (2000-03, 31-79).
CAPERS ON PACE FOR GAMES PLAYED RECORD:
Senior Marcus Capers has played 103 games in his WSU career, while the school record is 127 games played set by George Hamilton in 1945 and 47-49.
Given Capers plays in all the team's games this season, he will play in his 127th game March 1 at UCLA and his record-setting 128th game in WSU's regular season finale, March 3 at USC.
WASHINGTON STATE APPROACHING 1,500 WINS:
In Washington State's 109 years of basketball, it has compiled 1,497 wins, needing just three more wins in the 2011-12 season to reach the 1,500-win plateau.
The Cougars are 1,497-1,371 all-time for a .522 win percentage.