March 10, 2013
WSU LOOKS TO CONTINUE HOT STREAK AGAINST WASHINGTON AT PAC-12 TOURNAMENT: Fresh off of decisive wins over UCLA and USC last week, Washington State men's basketball (13-18, 4-14) will head to Las Vegas, Nev., as the No. 11 seed where it will face No. 6 seeded Washington (17-1, 9-9), in the first round of the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Wednesday, March 13, at 8:30 p.m. PT.
The game can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks as Ted Robinson and Bill Walton have the call, along with Ashley Adamson and Yogi Roth on the sidelines.
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. HUSKIES:
Wednesday marks the 277th all-time meeting between Washington State and Washington, with the Huskies leading the series, 176-100.
Washington has won the last five games between the two teams and nine of the last 11.
WSU trails the series, 101-35 at Washington and 73-62 when hosting UW, while the series is tied at 2-2 in neutral-site games.
The Cougars last defeated the Huskies, Feb. 27, 2011 at Seattle, an 80-69 win.
WSU head coach Ken Bone is 2-10 against the Huskies as a head coach and 2-7 against UW as WSU's head coach.
The Huskies swept the season series both this year and last year.
This season, WSU lost both games by a combined 9 points, falling 68-63, Jan. 5 at Pullman, and 72-68, March 3 at Seattle.
WSU's comeback against the Huskies fell short in the first meeting this season, Jan. 5 at Beasley Coliseum, falling 68-63.
Mike Ladd had a then-WSU-high 16 points.
Will DiIorio made a career-high 3 3-pointers...he previously had made just one career 3-pointer in his 2 and a half year-WSU career...was 1-for-2 from 3-point in his career coming into the game, was 3-for-4 in Saturday's game.
DiIorio finished with a career-high 9 points...his previous high of 7 points came against Sacramento State, Nov. 30, 2010.
Brock Motum finished with 15 points, 11 of them in the second half.
Last season UW had a 75-65 victory at Seattle, Jan. 15, 2012, and a 59-55 win at Pullman, Feb. 25, 2012.
WSU couldn't hold on for the victory, as it fell at Washington, 72-68, March 3, at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Brock Motum and Royce Woolridge led WSU with 18 points each.
DaVonté Lacy finished with 10 points while his 4 assists were his most since dishing out 4 at UCLA Feb. 9.
D.J. Shelton scored 11 points...his most since scoring 13 against Arizona, Feb. 2.
WSU shot .512 from the field (22-for-43), its highest field goal percentage since shooting .518 (29-for-56) against Utah Valley, Nov. 14.
WSU AT THE PAC-12 TOURNAMENT:
The Cougars are 5-13 all-time at the conference tournament and 1-1 against Washington in the tournament.
WSU has played eight of the 11 other Pac-12 teams, with the exceptions being California and the newest members, Colorado and Utah.
With a win, the Cougars would face No. 3 seeded Oregon, Thursday, March 14 at 8:30 p.m.
The last time WSU faced Washington in the conference tournament was following a season sweep of the Huskies in 2011.
Klay Thompson set the tournament record for single-game points with 43, but the sixth-seeded Cougars fell to the Huskies, 89-87.
The only other time the two teams met was in the 2007 tournament, as the second-seeded Cougars defeated the seventh-seeded Huskies, 74-64.
Taylor Rochestie led the Cougars with 20 points, as Derrick Low (15), Robbie Cowgill (14) and Kyle Weaver (13) also reached double figure points.
The Cougars were the No. 8 seed and knocked out of the tournament by No. 9 seeded Oregon State last season at Los Angeles' Staples Center.
OSU got revenge for WSU's season sweep of the Beavers, defeating the Cougars, 69-64.
WSU's No. 11 seeding marks its lowest seeding in the conference tournament.
See page five in today's notes for more.
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 70 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 147 career wins in his seventh season as a Division I head coach.
MORE ON BONE AS COUGAR HEAD COACH:
Bone holds a 70-64 (.522) record with Washington State and already has more wins than nine previous Cougar men's basketball coaches.
He also has more wins than two of the last three head coaches, 34 more than Dick Bennett (2003-06, 36-49) and 39 more than four-year head coach Paul Graham (2000-03, 31-79).
Bone's .522 winning percentage (70-64) marks the second-best by a WSU head coach in his first four seasons...only Jack Friel (.624, 63-38) had a better record in his first four seasons.
Bone's 70 wins are the most by a Cougar head coach in his first four seasons.
With 70 wins, Bone is the sixth-winningest head coach in Washington State history...he passed Tony Bennett (2006-09) and Kevin Eastman (1995-99) whom each had 69 victories at the helm for WSU.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
The Cougars are 13-18 overall and finished tied with Oregon State for 11th in the Pac-12 at 4-14 in conference play.
They snapped their nine-game losing streak with a decisive, 73-61 victory over Pac-12 leading UCLA March 6.
WSU is 10-7 at home, 1-9 on the road and 2-2 in neutral-site games...in league play, WSU was 3-6 at home and 1-8 on the road.
Ten of the Cougars' 18 losses have come by 7 points or less, including a 2-point loss to then-No. 10 Gonzaga (Dec. 5) and a 2-point overtime loss to then-No. 23 Oregon (Feb. 16).
Five of the losses have come by 2 points or less, including two overtime losses.
Brock Motum leads the team with 18.4 points per game and 6.5 rebounds...he's scored at least 11 points in all 31 games this season for a streak of 30-straight games with double-figure scoring...he averaged 17.4 points in WSU's 18 conference games...he has 5 double-doubles on the season.
Motum is ranked second in the conference and 46th in the nation (as of March 7) in scoring and ranks 16th in the league in rebounding and fifth in minutes played.
Mike Ladd missed six games against Oregon State, Oregon, Arizona State, Arizona, Washington and UCLA, but reached double figures in 10 of his previous 12 games, while he is second on the team with 11.0 points per game...the 6-5 guard is adding a team third-best 5.9 rebounds a game.
Ladd returned to action March 9, logging 1 points and 6 assists in 27 minutes.
Royce Woolridge scored 36 points against Oregon (Feb. 16) and is adding 10.9 points per game (13.8 ppg in Pac-12 play, ranked 14th in the league).
Dexter Kernich-Drew is chipping in 6.6 ppg, and D.J. Shelton 5.8 points along with a team second-best 6.0 rebounds a game.
Shelton's 6.2 rebounds per game in conference games are tied for 17th-best in the league.
DaVonté Lacy tore his meniscus in his right knee March 3 at Washington and is done for the season...prior to the injury he averaged 10.5 points per game and reached double figures in seven of his eight final games.
MOTUM JOINS 1,000/500 CLUB:
With 3 rebounds against Oregon Feb. 16, Brock Motum became 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 now has 1,502 points and 538 rebounds.
WSU sent its seniors out with a bang as it defeated USC, 76-51, Saturday, March 9 to complete a weekend sweep of the L.A. schools.
Brock Motum led WSU with 31 points...he scored 21 of his points in the first half...he has scored double figures in all 31 of WSU's games this season and in 31-straight games.
He added 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season and second in as many games.
Motum tied his career high for points in a half with his 21 in the first and set a career high for first-half points.
Motum passed Mark Hendrickson to move into fifth place on WSU's all-time career scoring list...he now has 1,502 points...he's 61 points away from Don Collins in fourth place.
Motum's 31 points marks the fourth-best `Senior Day' performance behind J. Locklier (40 points vs. Centenary, March 2, 2002), Stuart House (35 points vs. Arizona, March 1, 1980) and Isaac Fontaine (33 points vs. UCLA, March 8, 1997).
Royce Woolridge added 25 points...he scored 18 of his points in the second half.
Woolridge has scored in double figures in three-straight games and 10 of the last 11 games and has reached 20-plus points three times this season.
Woolridge tied his career high with 7 rebounds and set a personal Pac-12 high.
The team's second-leading scorer, senior Mike Ladd, played for the first time since Feb. 9 (missed 6 games) after suffering a left knee injury...he finished with 1 point and 6 assists in 27 minutes.
For the second-straight game, the Cougars outrebounded their opponent by double-digits...WSU had 45 rebounds compared to USC's 34.
WSU's 5 turnovers are its fewest since committing just 4 against Idaho, Nov. 28...had 17-plus turnovers in each of the last two games.
WSU swept UCLA and USC at home for the first time since the 1992-93 season.
The Cougars' .994 free throw percentage is their best this season when shooting more than 12 free throws.
WSU's 18 assists are its second-most this season.
MORE ON WOOLRIDGE AGAINST OREGON:
Royce Woolridge finished with 36 points against Oregon, Feb. 16...he's the first Cougar to reach the 30-point plateau this season, while his 36 is the most by a WSU men's basketball student-athlete since Klay Thompson scored 43 points against Washington, March 10, 2011 in the conference tournament.
The 36 points are the most by a Pac-12 student-athlete in conference action since Klay Thompson also had 36 points at California, Jan. 13, 2011.
WSU has had the individual with the highest single-game point total in conference action each of the last three seasons, as Brock Motum had 34 against Arizona State, Jan. 28 of last season.
Woolridge and Thompson each have the most points in conference action since Jerome Randle had 39 points at Washington State, Jan. 14, 2010.
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 1,502 points, Motum is fifth on WSU's career scoring list...he is 61 points away from Don Collins (1977-80) in fourth place with 1,563 points.
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).