Feb. 21, 2013
WSU CONTINUES ROAD TRIP AT 12TH-RANKED ARIZONA: Washington State University men's basketball (11-16, 2-12) looks for its first win over a ranked opponent in two years as it travels to Tucson, Ariz., to take on No. 12 Arizona, Saturday, Feb. 23 at noon PT/1 p.m. MT, at the McKale Center.
The game can be seen on FSN, as Steve Physioc and Marques Johnson 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. WILDCATS:
Saturday marks the 72nd all-time meeting between Washington State and Arizona, with the Wildcats leading the series, 56-16 (54-16 to reflect Arizona wins vacated during the 2007-08 season).
Arizona has won the last five games and leads 27-8 at Washington State and 27-8 at Tucson, along with a 2-0 mark in neutral-site meetings.
WSU head coach Ken Bone is 2-5 against the Wildcats, all while head coach at WSU.
Bone and the Cougars swept the season series his first year during the 2009-10 series and have lost the last five.
Last season Arizona won the first meeting, 85-61, Jan. 26 at Tucson, and followed it up with a 76-72 victory at Pullman, Feb. 16.
The Cougars dropped the first meeting this season against the Wildcats, 79-65, Feb. 2 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 previous 10 games...first time in Pac-12 play.
Ladd's 2 points were 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).
COUGARS VS. RANKED OPPONENTS:
This week, Arizona is ranked 12th in the Associated Press Top-25 Poll...WSU is 47-216 all-time against ranked opponents.
The Cougars are 0-5 against ranked opponents this season (losses to No. 12 Kansas, No. 10 Gonzaga, No. 16 Oregon, No. 8 Arizona and No. 23 Oregon) and have lost seven-straight against ranked foes.
WSU's last win over a ranked opponent came against No. 18 Washington, Jan. 30, 2011, by the score of 87-80.
Washington State is 3-37 against ranked Arizona teams and 0-5 against Arizona when its ranked 12th.
The Cougars last defeated a ranked Wildcat team Feb. 1, 2007, winning 72-66 over No. 20 Arizona (WSU was ranked 18th at the time).
The Cougars are 0-11 against the No. 12 team in the country, as this is their second 12th-ranked foe of the season...WSU fell to No. 12 Kansas, 78-41, Nov. 19, 2012.
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 68 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.
MORE ON BONE AS COUGAR HEAD COACH:
Bone holds a 68-62 (.523) 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, 32 more than Dick Bennett (2003-06, 36-49) and 37 more than four-year head coach Paul Graham (2000-03, 31-79).
Bone's .523 winning percentage (68-62) 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 68 wins are the most by a Cougar head coach in his first four seasons.
With 68 wins, Bone is just one victory away from moving into a three-way tie as the sixth-winningest head coach in Washington State history...Tony Bennett (2006-09) and Kevin Eastman (1995-99) each had 69 victories at the helm for WSU.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
The Cougars are 11-16 overall and 2-12 in conference play.
They have lost seven-straight games, their longest losing streak of the season and longest since the 2005-06 season.
WSU is 8-7 at home, 1-7 on the road and 2-2 in neutral-site games...in league play, WSU is 1-6 at home and 1-5 on the road.
Nine of the Cougars' 16 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).
Brock Motum leads the team with 17.8 points per game and 6.2 rebounds...he's scored at least 11 points in all 27 games this season for a streak of 27-straight games with double-figure scoring...he's averaging 16.0 points in WSU's 14 conference games.
Motum is tied for third in the conference (as of Feb. 20) and 52nd in the nation (as of Feb. 17) in scoring and ranks 29th in the league in rebounding and eighth in minutes played.
With 20 and 10 at Oregon State Jan. 26, Motum is one of just six 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, Stanford's Dwight Powell, California's Allen Crabbe and UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad.
Mike Ladd missed the last three games against Oregon State, Oregon and Arizona State, but has reached double figures 10 of his last 12 games and is second on the team with 11.4 points per game...the 6-5 guard is adding a team third-best 5.9 rebounds a game.
Ladd is averaging 14.3 points (12th in the Pac-12) and 6.4 rebounds (17th in the Pac-12) in Pac-12 only action.
After a career-high 27 points against Oregon State, Feb., 13, DaVonté Lacy is now averaging 10.6 points per game, having reached double figures in five of the last six games and 20-plus in two of the last five.
Dexter Kernich-Drew 6.4 ppg, and D.J. Shelton 5.5 points and a team second-best 6.1 rebounds a game.
Shelton's 6.1 rebounds per game rank 20th in the league, while his 6.4 rebounds per game in conference games only are tied for 16th-best in the league.
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 1,413 points and 506 rebounds.
WSU got off to a slow start and couldn't fully recover as it fell at Arizona State, 69-57, Wednesday evening at Wells Fargo Arena.
Brock Motum led WSU with 17 points...he has scored double-figures in all 27 games this season and in 27-straight games.
Motum moved into eighth place on WSU's all-time career scoring list passing both Brian Quinnett and Jim McKean...he now has 1,413 career points.
Motum fouled out for the third time this season.
Royce Woolridge scored 16 points...he has scored in double figures in seven-straight games.
DaVonté Lacy finished with 15 points...he's scored in double figures in five of the last six games.
WSU's 57 points are its fewest since scoring 49 against Colorado, Jan. 19.
The team's second-leading scorer, Mike Ladd, did not play due to a left knee injury for the third-straight game.
MORE ON WOOLRIDGE AGAINST OREGON:
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 1,413 points, Motum is eighth on WSU's career scoring list...he is 10 points away from Bennie Seltzer (1990-93) in seventh with 1,423 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).