Jan. 15, 2013
COUGARS AND UTES BATTLE WEDNESDAY: Washington State University men's basketball (9-7, 0-3) and Utah (8-8, 0-4) are each in search of its first Pac-12 win of the season as the Cougars host the Utes Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.
The game can be seen on Pac-12 Networks, as JB Long 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. UTES:
Wednesday marks the 17th all-time meeting between Washington State and Utah with the Utes holding a 14-2 advantage in the all-time series.
This is just the second meeting between the two schools as conference foes, as last season and this season they will face each other just once apiece.
The Cougars have lost the last two meetings and 13 of the last 14 games between the two.
Of the 16 meetings, just two of them have been played in Pullman, both wins by Utah...12 of the games have occurred at Salt Lake City (11-1 Utah) and two at neutral sites (series tied 1-1).
Last year the Cougars and Utes faced each other for the first time in five years.
Utah defeated WSU, 62-60 in overtime at Salt Lake City, Jan. 5, 2012.
Brock Motum led WSU with 27 points, tying his then-career high.
WSU played its only overtime game of last season...it moved to 2-5 under Bone in overtime games.
WSU's 23 first-half points was a then-season low...its nine field goals made tied the season low.
The Cougars also shot a season first-half low .400 from the free throw line (2-for-5).
WSU's .455 free throw percentage was its worst since shooting .429 at Arizona State Jan. 27, 2005 (9-for-21).
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 66 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 143 career wins in his seventh season as a Division I head coach.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
The Cougars dropped their first three conference games of the season and are 9-7 overall and 0-3 in the Pac-12.
WSU is 7-2 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).
WSU has 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 19.8 points per game and 6.4 rebounds...he's scored at least 14 points in all 16 games this season...he's averaging 20.0 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 tied for16th in the league in rebounding and eighth in minutes played.
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 12 games. Mike Ladd has reached double figures each of the last four games and is third on the team with 9.9 points per game...the 6-5 guard is adding a team second-best 5.9 rebounds a game.
Ladd is averaging 14.3 points (16th in the Pac-12) and 7.3 rebounds (tied for 13th in the Pac-12) in Pac-12 action.
Royce Woolridge is adding 7.3 points per game, Dexter Kernich-Drew 7.2 ppg, and D.J. Shelton 5.3 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).
California pulled away late in the second half as WSU fell to the Golden Bears, 67-54, Saturday (Jan. 12) at Haas Pavilion at Berkeley.
Brock Motum led WSU with 16 points...he has scored at least 14 points in all 16 games this season.
Mike Ladd added 12 points and has scored in double-figures each of the last four games.
Ladd recorded his second double-double of the season as he added a personal Pac-12 high 12 rebounds, one shy of his career high of 13.
Nine of Ladd's 12 rebounds came on the offensive end.
Royce Woolridge finished with 12 points...he made his first 3-pointer since WSU's game against Portland, Dec. 1 and scored in double-figures for the second-straight game.
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 1,249 points, Motum holds the 15th best career scoring mark in WSU history...he is 21 points away from Larry Beck (1955-57) in 14th with 1,263 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 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.
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.