April 24, 2012
COUGARS FINISH SEASON AS CBI RUNNER-UPS: Washington State University men's basketball advanced to the championship round of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) before falling in the series 2-1 to Pittsburgh as it finished with a 19-18 record in the 2011-12 season and tied for eighth in the Pac-12 with Oregon State with a 7-11 league mark.
COUGARS NOTCH SIXTH-STRAIGHT WINNING SEASON:
For the sixth-straight season, Washington State finished the season with an overall winning mark at 19-18 for a .514 winning percentage.
Last season WSU finished with a .629 (22-13) mark, while head Coach Ken Bone led the Cougars to a .516 winning percentage in his first season with a 16-15 overall record.
WSU's previous head coach, Tony Bennett, compiled winning records in each of his three seasons: .515 (17-16) in 2008-09, .743 (26-9) in 2007-08 and .765 (26-8) in 2006-07.
The streak marks the most consecutive winning seasons since 1991-1996 when Kelvin Sampson and Kevin Eastman also combined for six-straight winning season.
MORE ON BONE:
Bone holds a 57-46 (.553) record with Washington State and already has more wins than nine previous Cougar men's basketball coaches, six of which that coached at least two seasons.
He also has more wins than two of the last three head coaches, 21 more than Dick Bennett (2003-06, 36-49) and 26 more than four-year head coach Paul Graham (2000-03, 31-79).
Bone's .553 winning percentage (57-46) marks the third-best by a WSU head coach in his first three seasons...only Tony Bennett (.676, 69-33) and Jack Friel (.554, 41-33) had better records in their first three-seasons.
Bone's 57 wins are the second-most by a Cougar head coach in his first three seasons, although he's coached the most games with 103.
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.
WSU advanced to the championship series, marking the second-straight season the Cougars have reached at least the semifinals of their postseason tournament...last year WSU advanced to the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) in New York, falling to eventual-champion Wichita State in the semifinals.
The Cougars are 17-13 all-time in postseason play.
WSU also compiled its most single-season postseason wins with a 4-2 record in the CBI...last season the Cougars went 3-1 in the NIT.
In the last two seasons WSU has gone 7-3 in postseason play.
WSU has made it to six NCAA Tournaments (6-6) and five NITs (7-5).
Washington State became the third Pac-12 school to advance to the championship round of the CBI as Oregon State won in 2008 and Oregon won the tournament in 2011.
MOTUM'S BREAKOUT JUNIOR SEASON:
Washington State junior Brock Motum had a breakout season in 2011-12 as he led the Cougars and the Pac-12 in scoring in both the overall games and conference only games.
Motum averaged 18.0 points per game in all games, edging out Oregon State's Jared Cunningham with 17.9 points per game.
In league games the Australian averaged 20.7 points per game, over a point per game ahead of Cunningham with 19.2 points per game.
He also ranked sixth in field goal percentage (.554) and seventh in rebounds per game (6.4 rpg), making him the only player in the Pac-12 to rank in the top-13 in scoring, field goal percentage and rebounding.
Motum finished the season ranked 38th in the country in points per game and 26th in field goal percentage.
In contrast to his junior season, Motum played 799 minutes in 54 games his first two seasons combined at Washington State...this season he clocked 1,072 minutes of action.
In his first two seasons he averaged 5.9 points and 2.3 rebounds a game, but still did it at a high shooting clip, .591.
This season alone Motum had 293 more points than he did in his first two seasons combined (613 compared to 320), and averaged 18.0 points per game, 12.1 more points than his first two seasons.
Motum also had 216 rebounds this season, more than his 72 his first two years combined, for a 6.4 rebounding average, over four rebounds more a game.
He continues to shoot at a high clip at .554 this season for a .567 career field goal percentage.
MOTUM JOINS ELITE COMPANY:
Junior Brock Motum grabbed his 200th rebound of the season March 7 in the Pac-12 Tournament and had 613 points and 216 rebounds this 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.
Beck had 506 points and 214 rebounds in 1955-56, while Puidokas recorded 559 points and 259 rebounds in 1974-75.
MOORE JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB:
With his ninth point at Pittsburgh March 28, Reggie Moore became the 32nd Cougar to reach 1,000 career points.
Moore finished the season with 1,027 points, ranking 29th among Cougar scorers.
The junior tied Bennie Seltzer as the 13th-fastest Cougar to reach the 1,000-point plateau, accomplishing the feat in 95 games.
CAPERS SETS RECORD FOR GAMES PLAYED:
Senior Marcus Capers played his 128th career game Saturday, March 3 at USC, setting the WSU school record for games played originally set by George Hamilton who played 127 games in 1945 and 1947-49.
He finished his career with the school record for games played, 135.
Capers missed just one game in his four-year career, a 65-55 victory at Arizona State, Jan. 29, 2009 during his freshman season.
In the 135 games Capers played, the Cougars went 73-62 (.541).
MOORE HISTORY MADE BY REGGIE:
Reggie Moore finished in the top-nine in the league in assists per game in his first two seasons (ninth as a sophomore in 2010-11 and fifth as a freshman in 2009-10), and this season was no different as he led the Pac-12 with 5.2 assists per game.
His 5.2 assists per game ranked 42nd in the country.
He also finished fourth in the league with a 2.0 assist/turnover ratio, good for 84th in the country.
Moore set the WSU single-season record for assists finishing with 193 to pass Donminic Ellison who had 192 during the 1994-95 season.
He also finished third for assists average in a single-season with 5.2 per game (193 in 37 games), behind Donminic Ellison who had 6.9 per game in 1994-95 and 5.6 per game in 1995-96).
Moore ranks sixth in the WSU career record books with 409 career assists, behind Marcus Moore in fifth with 423...the record is held by Bennie Seltzer with 474.
He is second in career assists average with 4.4 apg in his three complete seasons...Ellison holds the record at 5.3 apg.
LODWICK HEATS UP FOR CBI:
Redshirt senior Abe Lodwick waited nearly five years for the best weeks of his career as he heated up just in time for the CBI during his redshirt senior season.
In WSU's six CBI games, Lodwick averaged a team third-best 13.7 points and a team-best 6.5 rebounds per game. He was 16-for-33 (.485) from beyond the 3-point arc, doubling DaVonté Lacy's 3-pointers made total of eight, the second-best on the team in that span.
He averaged 30.8 minutes played per game in those six and shot .537 (29-for-54) from the field.
In WSU's four CBI wins, Lodwick averaged 16.3 points (second-most on the team) and a team-best 7.0 rebounds per game, while shooting .600 (24-for-40) from the field and .625 (15-for-24) from beyond the 3-point arc.
He scored a then-career-high 16 points Monday, March 19 at home against Wyoming, adding seven rebounds and four assists...he was 4-for-7 from 3-point and shot .667 from the field.
The Bend, Ore. native outdid himself Wednesday, March 21 at Oregon State as he put up a career-high 23 points and added a career-high 12 rebounds for his first double-double.
Lodwick was 5-for-8 from beyond the 3-point arc, as his five 3's marked a career-high.
In his 21 games prior to the CBI, Lodwick was averaging 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 20.8 minutes of action, with his season-high coming Jan. 19 against Stanford with 12 points.
He finished the season averaging 7.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, while shooting .462 (48-for-104) from 3-point.
COUGS SHINE OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT:
The Cougars struggled on live television this season, going 6-15 on games that were televised.
Each of the last two seasons WSU went 10-11 in televised games.
WSU was 13-4 when not televised, including 5-3 in Pac-12 play.
WSU LOSES LEADING SCORERS TO SEASON-ENDING INJURIES:
Washington State lost it's two leading scorers for the remainder of its season when Faisal Aden suffered a left Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear at Arizona, Jan. 28 and Brock Motum sprained his right ankle at Oregon State, March 21.
WSU was 11-8 when Aden was injured and went 8-10 in the final 18 games of the season (including the game at Arizona).
The Cougars were in the semifinals of the CBI with a 17-16 record and had won three-straight when Motum went down...they went 2-2 in the games without Motum (including at Oregon State in which he played just two minutes).
MORE ON ADEN'S INJURY:
Senior Faisal Aden suffered a left Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear in the first half of the team's game at Arizona, Thursday, Jan. 28 in Tucson, Ariz.
He missed the remainder of the season.
Aden was averaging a team second-best 14.5 points a game (ninth in the Pac-12), while shooting a league-best .894 (42-for-47) from the free throw line.
Fresh off being named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 16-22, he tallied six points and grabbed two rebounds in 11 minutes of action in the game against the Wildcats.
He missed three games earlier this season with a concussion.
WASHINGTON STATE GETS 1,500TH WIN:
With the win at Idaho Dec. 7, Washington State notched its 1,500th win in its 109 years of existence.
The Cougars are now 1,514-1,383 all-time for a .523 win percentage.
FOUR COUGARS EARN ALL-PAC-12 HONORS:
Junior Brock Motum was named to the 2011-12 All-Pac-12 First Team and the league's Most Improved Player, picking up his first career conference honors.
It marked the first time a Cougar was named the league's Most Improved Player.
Three other Cougars were honored by the league.
Junior Reggie Moore was named All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention, senior Marcus Capers All-Defensive Team Honorable Mention and DaVonté Lacy All-Freshman Team Honorable Mention.
Moore was named to the all-freshman team in 2009-10, while Capers and Lacy picked up their first league awards.
THREE COUGARS EARN PAC-12 ALL-ACADEMIC HONORS:
Abe Lodwick (second team), Patrick Simon (second team) and Charlie Enquist (honorable mention) each earned 2012 Pac-12 Men's Basketball All-Academic honors.
Eight of the 12 conference schools had at least one representative on the three teams, as Stanford led the way with eight representatives, while Washington State's three are the second-most.
This year marks the seventh-straight season a Cougar has been named to an all-academic team, and the most since WSU had four representatives on the first team in 2009. Over the last six years, WSU has earned all-academic 20 times.
A redshirt senior, Lodwick is majoring in communication with a 3.22 grade point average, sophomore Simon is undeclared with a 3.34 GPA, while redshirt senior Enquist is a mechanical engineering major with a 3.04 GPA.
COUGARS RAISE MONEY FOR RYPIEN FOUNDATION:
The Washington State men's basketball team showed its support in the fight against cancer at its home basketball game Saturday, Feb. 4 against UCLA as the WSU staff wore sneakers with their suits to support Coaches vs. Cancer.
In addition to their work with the American Cancer Society, the Cougars worked closely with the Rypien Foundation to raise money and awareness.
The Rypien Foundation was established by Cougar football great Mark Rypien who was the quarterback at Washington State from 1981-1985 and ranks sixth in both total offensive yards (5,101) and pass yards (4,573) in the WSU record book.
As of Monday, WSU Athletics had raised $1,650.83 for the Rypien Foundation by `Passing the Shoe.'
Each year the NABC has a nationwide campaign, Suits and Sneakers, which this season took place the week of January 22-29.
The Cougar coaching staff wore sneakers with its suits at the WSU game Saturday, Jan. 28 at Arizona State to support the campaign.
MOTUM & ADEN EARN PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS:
Faisal Aden was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 16-22.
Aden led the Cougars to two victories that week, an 81-69 win against conference-leading Stanford (Jan. 19) and a 77-75 thriller over California (Jan. 21).
Aden averaged 28.5 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game over the two-game span and added two assists and two steals. He shot .655 (19-for-29) from the field and .950 (19-for-20) from the free throw line.
In addition to being names Pac-12 Player of the Week, Aden was also honored as the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week, marking the first time a Washington State student-athlete has been honored as the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week.
Brock Motum was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 5-12.
Motum led the Cougars to two victories that week, a 66-64 win at Idaho Wednesday (Dec. 7) and a 93-55 win over Santa Clara Sunday (Dec. 11).
This is the first honor for both Aden and Motum...Motum became the first Cougar not named Klay Thompson to earn conference player of the week since Taylor Rochestie picked up the honor, Feb. 23, 2009.
Motum is the first forward to pick up the accolades since Daven Harmeling, Feb. 4, 2007.
The two honors mark Washington State's 24th and 25th all-time Player of the Week accolades.
BASKETBALL GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY:
The Cougars spent the majority of the summer and fall of 2011 giving back to the community, participating in various community service activities.
In June the team held three camps, including a day camp for kids ages 8-14.
In July members of the Cougar basketball team participated in Palouse Habitat for Humanity and Pullman Learning Center's sports week and in August the team made appearances at the Lentil Festival's street fair and parade.
The entire team spent time before the Cougars' Sept. 10 football game, signing autographs as part of `family day.'
Members of the team visited the senior center Sept. 16. and then again Feb. 24, 2012, the team held a free Kids' Clinic Oct. 1, members of the team helped with the YMCA's Keys to Success event and several Cougars have visited Jefferson Elementary, helping out in a second-grade classroom.