Feb. 5, 2013
COUGARS RETURN TO THE ROAD TO TAKE ON TROJANS, THURSDAY: Washington State University men's basketball (11-11, 2-7) will take to the road once again as it travels to Los Angeles, Calif., to take on USC, Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Galen Center at 8:30 p.m.
The game can be seen on Pac-12 Networks, as Paul Sunderland and Ernie Kent have the call.
Bud Nameck, in this 20th year with Cougar Basketball, will have all the action on the Cougar IMG Radio Network.
Live updates can be found on Twitter by following @WSUMensHoops, the official Twitter account of Washington State men's basketball.
COUGARS VS. TROJANS:
Thursday marks the 114th all-time meeting between Washington State and USC, with the Trojans leading the series 67-46.
The Cougars trail 43-14 at USC and lead 30-23 at home, including a 1-1 tie in Spokane.
WSU has won the last three games in the series and five of the last six.
Fourth-year Cougar head coach Ken Bone is 5-1 against USC, all six games with the Cougars.
Las season, WSU swept the series with a 60-53 victory in the first game at Pullman, Feb. 2, and held USC to its fewest points in the series in a 43-38 win, March 3 at Los Angeles.
In the first meeting, Brock Motum led WSU with 26 points...he reached the 20-point plateau for the sixth time.
Mike Ladd played his first game since Jan. 7 at Colorado, missing five games after aggravating his thumb injury...he played 24 minutes (second-most as a Cougar) and tied his season high with four rebounds...he finished with six points.
Marcus Capers had a then-season-high eight rebounds...he tied with Motum to lead the team in rebounding, leading for just 11th time in his career.
Washington State committed a season-low one first-half foul.
The Cougars won the battle on the boards for the third time in their previous four games...outrebounded the Trojans 34-20...the plus-14 rebounding margin was WSU's second highest of the season.
In the second meeting, Brock Motum finished with 27 points, reaching the 20-point plateau for the 10th time that season.
Motum moved into 10th place in WSU's single season record book with 542 points.
Marcus Capers played in his 128th game as a Cougar, setting a WSU record for games played in a career...the previous mark of 127 was set by George Hamilton in 1949.
Mike Ladd had a WSU career-high 11 rebounds.
Washington State's 43 points were its fewest in a win since defeating Idaho, 37-36, during the 2004-05 season.
USC's 14 first-half points tied for third fewest by a WSU opponent in the shot clock era.
COUGARS VS. BRUINS:
Saturday marks the 116th all-time meeting between UCLA and WSU, as the Bruins hold the 101-14 advantage in the series.
UCLA leads 53-2 at L.A. and 46-11 on the road, including a 2-0 mark in Spokane, along with a 2-1 neutral-site lead.
WSU has lost seven-straight games to UCLA and won just two of the last 18, its last win , Feb. 21, 2009 at Pauley Pavilion.
Head Coach Ken Bone is winless against UCLA at 0-6 as WSU's head coach.
UCLA swept the series last year, a 63-60 win at Pullman, Feb. 4, 2012 and a 78-46 victory at L.A., March 1, 2012.
In the first meeting, Brock Motum led WSU with 25 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.
Mike Ladd scored a season second-best 10 points.
Abe Lodwick finished with 11 points, was 3-for-5 from 3-point.
Reggie Moore was also in double figures for WSU with 12 points as four Cougars scored in double figures.
WSU suffered its first loss at Beasley Coliseum of the season and had its 11-game Pullman win streak snapped...WSU's previous loss also came against UCLA (58-54 in OT), March 5, 2011.
Ken Bone GETS 400TH CAREER WIN:
With WSU's win over Buffalo, Dec. 21, fourth-year head coach Ken Bone got his 400th career win as a head coach.
He has 67 wins at WSU, had 77 in four years at Portland State, 253 victories in 12 seasons as head coach at Division II Seattle Pacific and 5 wins at Division III Cal State Stanislaus...he's in his 21st season as a head coach.
Bone has 145 career wins in his seventh season as a Division I head coach.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
The Cougars are 11-11 overall and 2-7 in conference play, tied for 10th place in the league standings heading into the week.
WSU is 8-5 at home, 1-4 on the road and 2-2 in neutral-site games...in league play, WSU is 1-4 at home and 1-3 on the road.
Six of the Cougars' 11 losses have come by 7 points or less, including a 2-point loss to then-No. 10 Gonzaga (Dec. 5) and a 5-point loss to Washington in the Pac-12 season opener (Jan. 5).
Brock Motum leads the team with 18.3 points per game and 6.7 rebounds...he's scored at least 11 points in all 22 games this season for a streak of 22-straight games with double-figure scoring...he's averaging 16.3 points in WSU's nine conference games.
Motum is ranked third in the conference and 40th in the nation (as of Feb. 3) in scoring and ranks 14th in the league in rebounding and seventh in minutes played.
With 20 and 10 at Oregon State Jan. 26, Motum is one of just four Pac-12 players to record at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in a conference game this season, joined by Arizona State's Jordan Bachynski and Carrick Felix and UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad.
Mike Ladd has reached double figures nine of the last 10 games and is second on the team with 11.5 points per game...the 6-5 guard is adding a team second-best 5.9 rebounds a game.
Ladd is averaging 15.1 points (eighth in the Pac-12) and 6.3 rebounds (tied for 15th in the Pac-12) in Pac-12 only action.
After missing four games due to a knee injury suffered in the first five minutes against Kansas, Nov. 19, DaVonté Lacy is now averaging 9.1 points in 18 games.
Dexter Kernich-Drew 6.9 ppg, and D.J. Shelton 5.3 points and a team second-best 5.9 rebounds a game.
Will DiIorio played against Buffalo (Dec. 21) after missing two games due to a sprained ankle suffered against Gonzaga (Dec. 5)...he scored a career-high 9 points against Washington (Jan. 5)...he got his first start of the season at Stanford (Jan. 9).
CLOSE IN CONFERENCE GAMES:
Washington State is 2-7 in Pac-12 games this season, but all seven of the losses have come by fewer than 15 points and an average of 7.0 points per game.
WSU's closest loss was a 4-point defeat by Arizona State (63-59), Jan. 31...while its biggest loss of 14 points came at the hands of Arizona (79-65).
Four of the seven losses have come by single-digits and two of them by 5 points or less.
MOTUM EYEING 1,000/500 CLUB:
Brock Motum is just 14 rebounds away from becoming the 12th Washington State men's basketball student-athlete to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds during his career.
The last Cougar to accomplish the feat was Aron Baynes (2006-09) who finished with 1,064 points and 653 rebounds.
Motum has already reached the 1,000-point plateau with 1,336.
WSU kept it close for the majority of the game, but fell to No. 8 Arizona, 79-65, Saturday at Beasley Coliseum.
Brock Motum tied the team high with 15 points...he added 6 rebounds.
DaVonté Lacy scored 15 points, his most points since putting up 16 against Idaho State, Dec. 29.
Lacy tied his career high with 8 free throws made...he was 8-for-10 from the charity stripe.
D.J. Shelton got his first career double-double, with 13 points and 10 rebounds...he was one point shy of his career high for points.
Royce Woolridge scored in double figures for the second-straight game, finishing with 14 points.
Mike Ladd did not score in double figures for the first time in the last 10 games...first time in Pac-12 play...Ladd did not score in the first half for the first time since Nov. 24.
Ladd's 2 points are a season low...he played a season-low 18 minutes after picking up his third foul in the first half.
The Cougars' .864 free throw percentage is their highest this season when attempting more than 12 free throws (19-for-22).
MOTUM SCORES 1,000TH POINT:
Brock Motum became the 33rd Washington State men's basketball student-athlete to score 1,000 career points with 14 points against Kansas, Monday, Nov. 19.
He is the third Cougar in the last four seasons to reach 1,000 career-points...Klay Thompson scored his 1,000th point during the 2009-10 season and Reggie Moore reached 1,000 points in the Cougs second-to-last game of the 2011-12 season.
With 1,336 points, Motum is 11th on WSU's career scoring list...he is 31 points away from Joe Wallace (1984-87) in 10th with 1,333.
MOTUM NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
For the second time in his career, Brock Motum was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 3-9.
Motum led the Cougars with 23.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game as WSU fell to No. 10 Gonzaga, 71-69, Dec. 5, and defeated Fresno State, 59-50, Dec. 9.
He shot .552 (16-for-29) from the field, including a .700 clip (7-for-10) from 3-point range.
Against Gonzaga, Motum had 23 points and made a career-high 5 3-pointers, going 5-for-7 from beyond the arc...he tied his career high with 3 blocked shots. He also scored 23 points against Fresno State, adding a team-high 8 rebounds and 2 assists.
Motum's honor is the 26th Player of the Week nod in WSU history as he became the sixth Cougar to earn the award multiple times in his career (also earned it Dec. 12, 2011).