Dec. 12, 2012
COUGARS CLOSE HOMESTAND HOSTING JACKSON STATE: Washington State University men's basketball (6-4) concludes its six-game homestand as Jackson State (0-6) comes to town for a matchup between the Pac-12 and the SWAC, Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.
The game can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks, as Lamar Hurd and JB Long 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. TIGERS:
Thursday marks the second all-time meeting between Washington State and Jackson State, and the first in over 20 years.
Washington State won the only other meeting, 95-80, Dec. 21, 1990 at Pullman.
WSU had six players score in double figures (Neil Derrick - 18, Bennie Seltzer - 17, Brian Paine - 16, Terrence Lewis - 15, Rob Corkrum - 12 and Ken Critton - 10) in the first meeting between the two teams.
The Cougars led at halftime of that game, 51-44, and ended the game shooting .487 (37-for-76) from the field and just .294 (5-for-17) from 3-point range.
Led by fourth-year head coach Kelvin Sampson that season, WSU finished with a 16-12 overall record and tied for fifth in the Pac-10 with an 8-10 mark.
WASHINGTON STATE VS. THE SWAC:
Out of Jackson, Miss., Jackson State is a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).
WSU is 16-0 all-time against current members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
In five of the 16 games Washington State has scored 100 points or more.
Alabama A&M is the only SWAC school that the Cougars have never faced.
Eleven of the 16 times WSU has played a SWAC school it has been at home.
WSU opened its six-game homestand hosting SWAC-memeber Arkansas-Pine Bluff, coming away with a 66-38 victory...the Cougars now close the homestand with a SWAC opponent.
Below is a look at the Cougars' record against current members of the SWAC
Alabama A&M 0-0
Alabama State 1-0
Alcorn State 1-0
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 2-0
Jackson State 1-0
Mississippi Valley State 3-0
Prairie View 2-0
Texas Southern 1-0
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
The Cougars have won four of five games after returning home from a three-game road trip, and are currently 6-4 on the season.
WSU is 6-1 at home (wins: Eastern Washington - Nov. 10, Utah Valley - Nov. 14, Arkansas-Pine Bluff - Nov. 24, Idaho - Nov. 28, Portland - Dec. 5 and Fresno State - Dec. 9 and loss: No. 10 Gonzaga - Dec. 5), 0-1 on the road (at Pepperdine - Nov. 16) and 0-2 at neutral-sites (vs. No. 12 Kansas - Nov. 19 and vs. Texas A&M - Nov. 20, both at the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, Kan.).
Three of WSU's four losses have come by 2 points or less and a total of five points...those include a 2-point loss to No. 10 Gonzaga.
Brock Motum leads the team with 19.7 points per game and 6.8 rebounds...he's averaged 25.3 points and 1.5 blocks per game in the last four games.
The reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week, Motum ranks third in the conference and 34th in the nation in scoring and has scored 23 or more points in each of the last four games...he's reached double figures in every game this season.
After missing four games due to a knee injury suffered in the first five minutes against Kansas, Nov. 19, DaVonté Lacy is now averaging 10.0 points in six games.
After a WSU career-high 19 points against his former team, Fresno State, Mike Ladd is third on the team with 8.9 points per game...the 6-5 guard is adding a team third-best 5.3 rebounds a game.
Royce Woolridge is adding 8.5 points per game, Dexter Kernich-Drew 8.0 points, and D.J. Shelton 6.1 points and a team second-best 5.6 rebounds a game.
Will DiIorio has missed one game since spraining his ankle against Gonzaga (Dec. 5) and is expected to miss one-two weeks as of Dec. 11.
After a disappointing loss to No. 10 Gonzaga Wednesday, Dec. 5, WSU came back to defeat Fresno State, 59-50, Sunday, Dec. 9 at Beasley Coliseum.
Brock Motum led the team with 23 points...reaching 23 points for the fourth-straight game.
Mike Ladd finished with a WSU career-high 19 points...he reached double figures for the fourth time this season and the first since scoring 10 at Pepperdine, Nov. 16...Ladd's career high is 22 points scored against New Mexico State as a member of Fresno State's team, Feb. 14, 2009.
Junior Longrus played a career-high 21 minutes...his previous high was 18 minutes against Portland, Dec. 5
Royce Woolridge scored in double figures for the fourth time in his career...he finished with 11 points...he made a career-high 7 free throws on a career-high 8 attempts.
D.J. Shelton did not score for the first time this season, but finished with 7 rebounds in 22 minutes.
Dexter Kernich-Drew also did not score for the first time this season...he was 0-for-4 from the field in 22 minutes, but tied his season high with 4 rebounds.
Fresno State tied Arkansas-Pine Bluff for lowest field goal percentage by a WSU opponent, shooting at a .300 clip (18-for-60).
The Bulldogs' .100 3-point field goal percentage (2-for-20) is a season low by a Cougars' opponent.
Will DiIorio did not play after spraining his left ankle against Gonzaga, Dec. 5...he is out 2-3 weeks as of Dec. 7.
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).
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 1,130 points, Motum holds the 21st best career scoring mark in WSU history...he is just 17 points away from Steve Harriel in 20th with 1,147 points.
COUGARS RETURN TWO STARTERS:
The team boasts two returning starters, including 2011-12 Pac-12 leading scorer, Brock Motum.
Joining Motum and sophomore DaVonté Lacy are six more returning letterwinners and two returning squad members.
Among the returning letterwinners are senior guard Mike Ladd, junior forward Will DiIorio, redshirt sophomore guard Dexter Kernich-Drew and redshirt junior forward D.J. Shelton, along with squad members sophomore Royce Woolridge and freshman Dominic Ballard, both whom redshirted last season.
Joining this year's squad are four transfers and three true freshmen.
Two of the transfers, Jordan Railey (Iowa State) and Brett Kingma (Oregon) will sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules, but Keaton Hayenga and James Hunter, and Brett Boese, Bryce Leavitt and Junior Longrus will be eligible immediately.
WSU lost three starters from last season's team; Marcus Capers and Abe Lodwick, who graduated following their senior seasons and Reggie Moore, who was dismissed from the team this fall.
Seniors Faisal Aden and Charlie Enquist and sophomore Patrick Simon are also gone from last year's team after playing notable minutes for the Cougs.
COUGARS GO `DOWN UNDER':
The Cougars spent two weeks in Australia, Aug. 3-16, 2012, as part of an NCAA approved international tour.
The team made stops in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane/Gold Coast and Cairns, playing five games in all.
WSU went 2-3 in those games, three of them against teams of the NBL (National Basketball League), Australia's highest professional league.
Brock Motum averaged 27.2 points in the five games, including a 41-point output against the Cairns Taipans in the final game of the tour.
Reggie Moore averaged 13.0, Dexter Kernich-Drew 8.4 and Mike Ladd 6.4 points per game.
The Cougar roster contains three Aussies; Motum (Brisbane), Kernich-Drew (Melbourne) and James Hunter (Sydney).
MOTUM A CANDIDATE FOR THE WOODEN AWARD: Senior Brock Motum is one of 50 preseason candidates for the 2012-13 John R. Wooden Award. He is the second Cougar in three seasons to make the list, as Klay Thompson was named to the preseason top-50 prior to the 2010-11 season. Thompson went on to make the midseason top-30 cut in 2010-11, as did Low in 2007-08. Three other Pac-12 student-athletes were named to the list: André Roberson (Colorado), Allen Crabbe (California), and Solomon Hill (Arizona).
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER: With its win over Idaho, Nov. 28, WSU improved to 46-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court. The Cougars have won 46-straight November games in Pullman and are 47-1 (the loss came before the Cougars moved into Beasley Coliseum).
COUGARS MAKE 12TH POSTSEASON APPEARANCE: Washington State competed in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) in 2011-12, marking the first CBI and 12th overall postseason appearance in school history.
MOTUM JOINS ELITE COMPANY: Brock Motum grabbed his 200th rebound of the 2011-12 season March 7 in the Pac-12 Tournament and had 613 points and 216 rebounds last season. He joined two other Cougars, Steve Puidokas and Larry Beck as the only WSU players to reach 500 points and 200 boards in a season.