Jan. 17, 2013
WSU WELCOMES COLORADO TO TOWN FOR THE FIRST TIME: Washington State University men's basketball (10-7, 1-3), fresh off its first Pac-12 win of the season, plays host to Colorado (11-6, 1-4) for the first time in the two schools' histories, Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.
The game can be seen on Pac-12 Networks, as Kevin Calabro and Lamar Hurd 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. BUFFALOES:
Saturday marks just the fourth all-time meeting between WSU and Colorado with the Buffs holding a 2-1 advantage.
The two teams have never met at Pullman, but the Cougars' only win came at neutral-site Albuquerque Dec. 19, 1960...Colorado is 2-0 at home in the series.
Last season the two teams met for the first time as Pac-12 foes and the first time since the 1969-70 season, as Colorado came out victorious, 71-60, Jan. 7, 2012 at Boulder.
Reggie Moore led WSU in scoring with 14 points...he scored 11 of his 14 in the second half.
The Cougars got 32 points from the bench (including Moore's 14 and 12 from Faisal Aden).
Brock Motum didn't score in double figures for just the second that season...fouled out with nine points.
Then-redshirt freshman Dexter Kernich-Drew got the first start of his career...played 14 minutes, marking a personal most minutes in Pac-12 play.
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 144 career wins in his seventh season as a Division I head coach.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
The Cougars snapped a three-game losing streak and picked up their first conference win with a 75-65 victory over Utah, Jan. 16 at Pullman.
The Cougars dropped their first three conference games of the season and are 10-7 overall and 1-3 in the Pac-12.
WSU is 8-2 at home, 0-3 on the road and 2-2 in neutral-site games.
Four of the Cougars' 7 losses have come by 5 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).
Prior to Wednesday, WSU had lost three-straight games, tying its longest losing streak of the season...in the first losing streak, all games occurred on the road or at a neutral sites, Nov. 16-20 (loss at Pepperdine and vs. Kansas and Texas A&M in Kansas City, Mo.).
The Cougars' longest winning streak is four games, Dec. 9-29, with wins over Fresno State and Jackson State at Pullman and Buffalo at Seattle and Idaho State at Kennewick, Wash.
Brock Motum leads the team with 19.4 points per game and 6.5 rebounds...he's scored at least 14 points in all 17 games this season...he's averaging 18.5 points in WSU's three conference games.
Motum ranks second in the conference and 20th in the nation (as of Jan. 14) in scoring and has reached double figures in every game this season.
Motum ranks 16th in the league in rebounding and seventh in minutes played.
Mike Ladd has reached double figures each of the last five games and is second on the team with 10.9 points per game...the 6-5 guard is adding a team second-best 5.9 rebounds a game.
Ladd is averaging 16.3 points (eighth in the Pac-12) and 7.0 rebounds (tied for 14th 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 10.0 points in 13 games.
Dexter Kernich-Drew 7.1 ppg, and D.J. Shelton 5.4 points and a team third-best 5.6 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).
Washington State had all five starters in double figures as it defeated Utah, 75-65, Wednesday at Beasley Coliseum, to pick up its first Pac-12 win of the season.
Mike Ladd tied his career high and set a personal WSU best with 22 points...his career high was set while at Fresno State, Feb. 14, 2009 against New Mexico State.
Ladd tied his career high with 5 3-pointers made...it's his personal WSU high, his career high was previously set while playing at Fresno State against San Jose State, Jan. 11, 2010.
Ladd scored in double figures for the fifth-straight game and reached the 20-point plateau for the first time as a Cougar.
Brock Motum tied his season-low of 14 points...has scored in double figures in all 17 games this season.
Motum did not score in the first half for the first time since his sophomore year, March 29, 2011 against Wichita State at the NIT at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Royce Woolridge finished with 14 points and has scored in double figures three-straight games...he tied his second-highest career point total.
DaVonté Lacy scored 8 of his 10 points in the first half to finish in double figures for the first time since scoring 10 against Washington, Jan. 5.
D.J. Shelton scored 7 of his 10 points in the first half, finishing 3-for-4 from the field and 1-for-1 from 3-point range in the game...he reached double figures for just the second time this season and the first since scoring 14 against Idaho, Nov. 28.
The Cougars set a season high with 11 3-pointers made...the previous high was 10.
WSU shot .550 (11-for-20) from 3-point range, its best 3-point percentage of the season.
The Cougars' .500 (24-for-48) field goal percentage is their best since the second game of the season when they shot .518 (29-for-56) from the field, and their third best of the season.
WSU scored 28 of its points off Utah's 17 turnovers.
Utah assisted on 15 of its 23 made field goals.
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 1,263 points, Motum is tied with Larry Beck (1955-57) for 14th on WSU's career scoring list...he is 22 points away from Carlos Daniel (1995-98) in 13th with 1,285 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).
MOTUM A CANDIDATE FOR THE WOODEN AWARD: Senior 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.
COUGARS GO `DOWN UNDER': The Cougars spent two weeks in Australia, Aug. 3-16, 2012, as part of an NCAA approved international tour. WSU went 2-3 in five games, three of them against teams of the NBL (National Basketball 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. The Cougar roster contains three Aussies.